EVART \u2013 Many basketball coaches across the state were smiling on Thursday when they heard the news their sport could start contact on Monday. This includes Matt Tiedt, Evart\u2019s girls varsity skipper. Late last week during noncontact drills, he was hopeful for his team to get going soon. \u201cThat Let Us Play movement, they\u2019re definitely putting some heat on them,\u201d Tiedt said a week ago. \u201cHopefully that will get a little bit of traction.\u201d Sports had been delayed from contact through Feb. 21, but it\u2019s changed to Feb. 8. Conditioning started on Jan 16. The team did get one week in Nov. 9-13 before they had to shut down. \u201cIt was pretty much done as of that point,\u201d Tiedt said. \u201cI lost three girls over that break who decided they weren\u2019t going to come back. For us, we\u2019ve got low numbers. This has taken its toll on the smaller schools.\u201d Tiedt said he\u2019ll be utilizing the fifth quarter rule which allows JV players to participate in five quarters during one night of basketball between the two levels. \u201cIt will look like they may play two quarters of JV and three quarters of varsity,\u201d Tiedt said. \u201cYou can mix and match it any way you want. I have three seniors I\u2019ll pull up four to five a night at some point to give my younger ones time at the varsity level. It will look different.\u201d Outside conditioning was the only opportunity, Tiedt had to work with his players during the summer. He said his players were getting more accustomed to the masks. \u201cOnce we start, it will be with masks,\u201d he said.