EVART -- It's her senior season for the girls basketball Evart Wildcats and senior Kalee Ladd is hoping to help her team cap it off on a winning note. The Wildcats have been around the .500 mark all season under new coach Matt Tiedt. The flu issue and weather hasn't really deterred her team too much, Ladd said. "It hasn't been too bad," she said. "We've only missed like two practices." Ladd has been on varsity all four seasons. "My defense has definitely improved this year," she said, adding it's probably been the best Evart team she's been on. The key to Evart's fine success, Ladd indicated, "has been locking down on defense and being able to execute on offense." Evart lost 54-39 to Morley Stanwood on Tuesday, Feb. 25, and is in the Cadillac district this week. "We want to come prepared in the gym and be ready to play good defense," Ladd said. Ladd also plays volleyball, and usually runs track, but isn't sure about this season. Looking back at basketball, Ladd and the Wildcats have enjoyed wins over Pine River and Harrison. "Beating Harrison was probably my favorite memory," she said. "We were able to beat them right at the beginning of the season." Tiedt issued the following statement on the loss to Morley Stanwood: "I thought we came out flat in the first quarter and in the third quarter and dug ourselves a couple of deficits you just can't overcome against good teams like Morley. "Other than those four minutes to start the halves, we hung with them pretty well. I'm guessing they probably had as big of an off night as well, but overall, I thought there was some things to build off of going into our game with McBain."