Wildcats break losing streak



EVART -- Evart was able to break a five-game losing streak on Tuesday (March 3) against Coleman and it couldn't have come at a better time.

The Wildcats improved to 8-11 with a 60-54 win.

Evart trailed 19-13 after the first quarter and 30-26 at halftime. But they were up 48-43 after the third quarter.

Donavin Reagan had 16 points for Evart followed by Cam Brasington with 15 and Haidyn Simmer with 14. Tony Hartsock and Justin Buckiner had eight rebounds each. Simmer had five steals followed by Buckner and Cam Brasington with four assists apiece.

"We didn't shoot particularly well, but did rebound," Evart coach Kris Morgan said. "We outrebounded them 43-29. Haidyn Simmer came through with some clutch threes, hitting three in the second half. It was a great win to send off our six seniors on senior night."

Donavin Reagan, Cameron Brasington, Tony Hartsock, Justin Buckner, Gavin Schooley and Trevor Stanley were honored as outgoing seniors.

Meanwhile, Hartsock, a Wildcat senior, continues to play well.

"Tony has really improved since last year," Morgan said. "He's been a major part of our team. When he's out there, he's a 6-foot-7 kid. He has long arms. Coach (Brian) Koopman has been working with him on his post moves down low."

"Coach Koopman is the best post moves coach I've seen," Hartsock said. "Placement, footing and timing is pretty much what I work on with him."

Hartsock indicated he's improved in all areas of his game.

"The season has been solid," Hartsock said. "We've given up a couple of nailbiters. The better our defense is the better our offense is."

Hartsock has also played football and baseball. But his athletic prep career will end after the conclusion of this basketball season.