Wildcat girls beat McBain NMC

EVART — Evart’s girls basketball team ended its regular season with a 53-46 win over McBain Northern Michigan Christian on Friday.

Kortney Dennis scored 18 points while Chelsea Bengry had 10 points and Magdalen Hyde added nine. Freshman Kristin Kullman also had nine points.

“She played very well for us and contributed to the victory,” Evart coach Larry Brown said of Kullman, who was just brought up to the varsity. “Defensively, we didn’t play very well, and were a little tired. We only had six varsity players. Haley Moore is out (with an injury) and Saige (Nabozny) has mono. We were able to score points.”

Evart ended the regular season at 8-6 in the Highland for fourth place and 11-9 overall.

“Going into the season, we had a bunch of question marks but the girls answered those,” Brown said. “That’s a good record for this team.”

Meanwhile, McBain put on another show that has made it the Highland Conference power this season with a 57-22 victory over Evart Tuesday night, Feb. 21, in girls basketball action.

Kylie Yesh had nine points and eight rebounds while Chelsea Bengry pulled down 16 boards for Evart.

“Chelsea did a great job on the boards for us tonight,” Brown said. “That was outstanding. We played hard. That’s all we asked for. We’re down one player. Haley Moore is out for awhile (torn ACL).”

The Ramblers got out to a 12-2 lead early with Brittany Watson scoring six points to give her team a 17-6 advantage going into the second quarter. AnneMarie Hamlet netted seven points in the second quarter to propel her team to a 32-12 advantage at the intermission. Yesh put in three free throws for the Wildcats in the second.

Dennis scored to open the third quarter. Katimae Bosscher’s free throw at 4:02 of the third gave McBain a 37-16 advantage. Meredith Hamlett netted seven points in the third quarter which ended in a 44-19 Rambler lead.

“Our defense was really good,” Yesh said. “We played as a team and helped each other out.”

In her second varsity season, Yesh likes the progress she’s made.

“I’m getting there,” she said. “I haven’t fully reached my goals, but I’m improving … shooting and being a post.”

Yesh has liked the way she has been boxing out in recent games.

Evart, 9-7 in the league and 10-9 overall, plays at McBain Northern Michigan Christian on Friday to end the regular season.

“We’re improving a lot,” Yesh said. “It’s not about winning the game. It’s about putting the effort into winning and trying your best. We’ve been supporting each other and improving on working as a team.”

Evart plays at Morley Stanwood against Shelby in Class C district semifinal action.