Evart beats CCA 50-19 for third straight win

Evart guard Livia Hopkins (30) pushes the ball up court on a fast break during Wednesday’s game against CCA at CCA. (Pioneer photo/Maxwell Harden)

BIG RAPIDS — The Evart girls basketball outscored Crossroads Charter Academy 35-8 in the first half on its way to a 50-19 win Wednesday at CCA.

Cyanna Deller had nine points, three rebounds and three steals and Kelci Elder added nine points and 10 rebounds, while McKenzie Kimball tallied eight points, six rebounds, and six steams.

Haley Jankowski led CCA with six points while Samantha Taylor and Triston Murray had five and four points, respectively.

“Overall I thought we played well,” head coach Paulette Warczinsky said. “Our biggest downfall is making shots. If we could get the baskets to drop, we’d be competitive with the teams we’ve played so far.

“I like their defense and I like their hustle. I appreciate how hard they’re working and that they’re not giving up.”

The Wildcats were able to dominate the offensive glass and get points in transition.

“I think we started early with some good defensive intensity,” head coach Paul Higgins said. “Offensively, we got some runouts. We didn’t execute the way we should’ve, but you take points any way you can get them.”

Warczinsky was pleased with the team’s energy and effort level despite the lopsided loss.

“We’re getting some great leadership,” Warczinsky said. “Haley (Jankowski) is really doing a good job leading the team. Sam (Taylor) came through tonight with some great shots and freshmen Triston (Murray) and Alleigh (Angell) really pulling their weight and putting the effort in.

“We’re looking to see improvement in every game we play.”

The Cougars (0-3) host Brethren on Friday and Evart (3-1) will host Pine River in a Highland Conference matchup. The Wildcats are looking to win their fourth straight game.

“It’s our first league game,” Higgins. “We’ve talked since basically last summer that we have to take steps forward. Pine River has traditionally been really solid. If we limit our mistakes, I think we can compete with anyone on any given night.”

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