Evart sets up district title showdown with Lake City

Wildcats defeat Farwell in district semifinal game

EVART – Evart was able to get past a strong Farwell team 50-36 on Wednesday to play Lake City in Friday’s district title game.

The Wildcats (19-4) beat Farwell (18-6) in the second game of a district girls basketball doubleheader on Wednesday. They would lose to Lake City (22-1) in Friday’s title game at Evart.

“It was really a great team effort tonight,” Evart coach Carrie Kunkle said. “It was nice we hit some of our shots late. I thought our defense was really aggressive, Brooklyn Decker was amazing getting rebounds tonight. I thought she played a great game.”

Evart started out fast against Farwell and led 14-4 after the first quarter. Brianna Cass had a three and Ally Theunick scored for a 19-4 advantage. But the Wildcats had Addy Gray and Emma Dyer on the bench with two fouls each and Farwell took advantage to get back in the game.

Haiden Cassiday had a triple for Farwell to cut it to 21-16, which is how it stood at halftime.

Farwell hit some threes early in the third to tighten the game. It was 26-25 before Addy Gray netted a triple to give the Wildcats some space.

Evart led 35-29 after three.

Brianna Cass scored for a 38-32 Wildcat lead with five minutes to play. Dyer scored inside for a 40-32 lead with 3:30 to play. Dyers free throw made it 41-32, but Farwell wouldn’t go away. Addy Gray’s free throw made it 42-34. It was 44-34 at 1:25 after Kyrah Gray hit two free throws.

Kyrah Gray had 15 points and Dyer 13 for Evart. Addy Gray added 10 and Ally Theunick had six.

“I think we played well,” Addy Gray said. “I think today was a good test for Friday.”

“I definitely think we put it more together in the second half than we did in the first,” senior Logan Staats said. “We saw the court better in the second half than we did the first half.  And we were running the fast break better.”

Remi Sponseller scored 16 for Farwell.

“We had some key putbacks by some girls,” Kunkle said. “Ally Theunick had some key shots. Brianna Cass hit a 3-pointer. It was a well-rounded effort by some girls who I need to be comfortable with.”

Lake City and Evart split during the regular season. Lake City beat McBain 39-30 in the first semifinal on Wednesday.

“We play on our home court and we have a couple of things up our sleeves,” Kunkle,  prior to Friday's game,said. “We going to come ready to win a district. Evart plays hard at home and we’ll do our best to win the district. We’ve had a good strategy both times against (Lake City) and we’re not going to change it. We’ll continue to play great defense against them and try to contain them.”