Wildcats going great with seven straight

Evart girls keep win streak going against Pine River

EVART – The Evart Wildcats haven’t missed a beat since breaking for the Christmas holidays.

Addy Gray scored 14 points, her sister Kyra Gray put in 13 and Emma Dyer added 10 points, five steals and five assists to lead the first-place Wildcats to a 60-28 Highland Conference girls basketball win on Monday night over Pine River.

“We’re all excited since it was our first game coming back from break,” Dyer said. “We were working on whatever we needed to get us ready for some of our bigger games.”

The Wildcats were dominant on both sides of the court, getting five points from Dyer and four from Brooklyn Decker in the first quarter for a 15-0 lead. It was 28-10 at halftime.

Addy Gray, who recently passed the 100 career 3-point mark, hit a triple to start out the first quarter and Brianna Cass scored off Allyson Theunick’s pass for a layup and 33-10 lead. Gray hit another triple for a 38-12 lead and it was 41-19 going into the fourth.

Korah Gray had three straight layups off of steals to give her team a commanding 49-21 lead.

“We’re trying to get one percent better every single day,” Evart coach Carrie Kunkle said. “That means 14 minutes and 24 second of each day, we’ll try to get better. If every girl can get better each day by the time we get to Lake City and to districts, we’ll be a very tough team to beat.”

Since an opening game loss to Sanford Meridian, Evart has won seven straight games. The Wildcats are 7-1 overall and 5-0 for first place in the Highland.

Evart is 1-3 and 1-5. The Bucks were led by Madi Sparks with eight points.

“We have a good group of girls that never give up,” Pine River coach Steffen Halvorsen said. “They work hard, especially our young girls. Our only goal in the second half was to chip away. We’ve been going for growth and improvement.

“Evart’s a good, strong and aggressive team. They’re at the top of the conference. All we want to do is give them a battle.”

Sparks, Halvorsen said, “is a calming force on offense. Once she gets activated and starts to work, we’re in a good spot.”

Pine River is home Thursday against Manton.

Evart plays at Roscommon on Wednesday.