EVART \u2014 Evart\u2019s girls basketball team fought back from a 16-point deficit in the second half before falling to Manton 47-40 in Highland Conference action on Friday. Mara VanOrder had 27 points, 17 rebounds and four assists for Evart. Brooke Belleville had four points and three steals. Macey Wallace added four points. Evart\u00a0(0-8, 0-4)\u00a0trailed 14-4 after the first quarter, 25-12 at halftime and 37-21 after the third period. Evart had a 19-10 scoring advantage in the fourth. Meanwhile, Lake City\u2019s defense was too much for Evart as the undefeated Trojans posted a 47-32 league victory on Jan. 12. It was a matchup of winless and unbeaten teams. But the Wildcats played even with the Trojans (6-0, 4-0) in the first half which ended in a 20-16 Lake City lead. VanOrder scored all of Evart\u2019s eight first-period points and helped the Wildcats gain an 8-4 lead. Lake City tied it 8-8 going into the second. Cyana Dellar netted two straight baskets to give Evart a 16-14 lead with 1:36 to play in the first half. But Lake City scored six unanswered points going into the intermission. \u201cWe played a sloppy first half,\u201d Trojan coach Bill Tisron said. \u201cGive Evart credit. They worked hard. That was one or our more challenging games all year.\u201d Jessilyn Hessell drove the baseline for a 26-19 Lake City lead with 3:00 left in the third quarter. The Wildcats continued to struggle offensively. Laraiah Schichtel scored with 1:15 to play for a 30-19 advantage. It was 31-19 going into the fourth. \u201cOverall, that was the best effort we\u2019ve had all year,\u201d Higgins said. \u201cThe third quarter killed us. That\u2019s one of those things. It doesn\u2019t matter if you\u2019re up or down at the time. You have to come out and set the tempo in the third quarter. That was one thing we didn\u2019t do off the start.\u201d VanOrder drove for a layup early in the fourth to cut Evart\u2019s deficit to 31-24. Macey Wallace scored a baseliner for Evart, making it 35-26 at 4:07. VanOrder scored at 1:50 to cut the gap to 37-29. the Trojans Maggie Thom scored at 1:04 for a 40-29 lead. VanOrder wound up with 15 points and 23 rebounds while Dellar and Brittani Leonhardt scored four points apiece. \u201cMara is a tough player to stay in front of,\u201d Tisron said. \u201cThe second half was much better. We played a more crisp game. We had a snow day Tuesday, which is no excuse. But we didn\u2019t have a chance to practice. You could see there was some rust early on.\u201d Schichtel netted 19 points for Lake City. \u201cThey\u2019ve got some nice players,\u201d Higgins said. \u201cNot being in many close games, you can\u2019t practice that intensity in practice. That\u2019s something we\u2019ll get better at.\u201d Evart is at Marion on Thursday and will host Pine River on Tuesday.