Wildcat girls fall in districts to Harrison

FIGHT: Mara VanOrder (15) goes aafter the ball for Evart in recent action. (File photo)
FIGHT: Mara VanOrder (15) goes aafter the ball for Evart in recent action. (File photo)

LEROY — It wasn’t quite the same this time.

Evart had defeated Harrison at home earlier this season in girls basketball action. But in Class C district first-round action Monday, Harrison dominated with a 25-6 halftime margin, leading to a 42-27 victory over the Wildcats.

Evart’s season ends at 5-15 while Harrison, 6-15, plays McBain at Pine River Wednesday night.

Kristin Kullman led the Wildcats with nine points but scored all of them in the fourth quarter with three triples. Mara VanOrder had six points including four in the fourth. Tabitha Turley scored all four of her points in the third, after which the Wildcats trailed 33-10.

“We just didn’t come to play,” said Evart coach Larry Brown. “They wanted it more than us. We knew what they were going to do. We knew what to expect, we just didn’t show up. There were a lot of unforced turnovers.”

Evart had a strong fourth quarter with a 17-10 scoring advantage.

“The difference was defense,” said Harrison coach Kelly Cook. “Looking back at the last game, we got into big foul trouble the last time. We fouled out two people. We worked really hard in keeping our hands back (Monday). We implemented a new offense and have run it for awhile. The girls have settled into their defense and offense which helps.”

The Wildcats, who have used seven players all season, brought up three players from the junior varsity with Natalie Belleville, Tina Fournier and Courtney Lang for Monday’s game.

“We’ll have no seniors next year,” Brown said. “I have all juniors and sophomores . We’re young. We got some experience (Monday).”

Harrison had five seniors on this year’s team.

“We really worked on (defense) a lot over the last week, adjusting the 2-3 zone to be more aggressive,” Cook said.

Harrison netted 11 points from Hillary Brewer, including nine in the second quarter. Katelyn Sherick had nine points for the winners. She also had five steals and five assists.

“Hillary and Katelyn were a solid foundation for us (Monday),” Cook said.


Evart 4 - 2 - 4 - 17: 27

Harrison 11 - 14 - 8 - 10: 43

Evart (5-15)

Courtney Lang 0 0-0 0, Sydney Cleland 0 0-0 0, Kristin Kullman 0(3) 0-0 9, Tabitha Turley 2 0-2 4, Lydia Wetters 2 0-0 4, Mara VanOrder 2 2-2 6, Natalie Belleville 0 0-2 0, Tina Fournier 1 0-0 2, Tayor McLachlan 1 0-0 2. Totals 8(3) 2-6 27.

Harrison (6-15)

Erika Heckman 2 1-2 5, Brooke Colville 4 0-3 8, Olivia Sharp 0 0-0 0, Jessica Sherrer 1 3-4 5, Toni Fletcher 0 1-2 1, Kalenn Sherrick 4 1-5 9, Alyssa Haag 1 0-0 2, Brandi Powell 1 0-0 2, Hillary Brewer 5 1-1 11, Allison Lipovsky 0 0-4 0. Totals, 18 7-21 43.