EVART \u2013 Quality wins are special this time of season for any girls basketball team. But a 63-49 win for Evart (12-6) against a strong non-league foe in Clare (11-8) on Monday was very sweet. \u201cit was a good win for us,\u201d Evart coach Matt Tiedt said. \u201cThat\u2019s a scrappy team. I thought we got a big win at home. We\u2019ve struggled with a couple of them. It was good to get a good win. We fought the whole game.\u201d Clare led 20-10 after the first quarter and 36-33 at halftime. The Pioneers came out to a 40-33 lead to open the second half and seemed ready to run away. But Evart hit 12 straight points and late in the period led 47-40 off a steal and basket by Brooklyn Decker. It was 48-44 going into the fourth. Evart\u2019s defense continued to thwart Clare in the fourth quarter and Emma Dyer\u2019s triple made it a 59-49 Wildcat advantage. Addy Gray had 25 points for Evart with 13 in the first and 12 in the second. Dyer had 17 points while Skyler Baumgardner added 14 and Allyson Theunick had six. \u201cWe played good, we played as a team,\u201d Gray said. \u201cWe were a little rough in the first half. But we pulled it together and our defense got a lot better. We\u2019re especially doing well on our zone. We worked well together.\u201d \u201cWe\u2019ve had a lot of games were we haven\u2019t been able to put that final stretch in,\u201d Tiedt said. \u201cThey really put it on at the end. They closed out the way they should.\u201d Izzy Jones led Clare with 15 points. \u201cThey were a very good team but I think we played a good whole game,\u201d Skylar Baumgardner said. \u201cNormally we play half kind of bad.\u201d Evart is at Farwell Tuesday and at Roscommon on Thursday to end the regular season. Houghton Lake 49, Pine River 41 HOUGHTON LAKE \u2013 In this Monday Highland Conference game, Houghton Lake was up 13-8 after the first quarter, 25-14 at halftime and 41-26 after the third quarter. Isaiah Dennis had 24 points and eight rebounds for the Bucks. Lukas Fisher had six points and Evan Esiline had five points. \u201cFoul trouble was the story,\u201d Pine River coach Brian Goodenow said. \u201cIsaiah and Austin both picked up two in the first quarter and had to sit the rest of the half. We turned the ball over way too many times and fell into a deep hole. \u00a0Isaiah did everything he could to get us back into it but we came up short.\u00a0 \u201cWe\u2019ll be ready for another shot at them Thursday at home.\u201d Pine River is 8-10 overall and 5-9 in the conference.