Evart girls end season, coach announces resignation

Paul Higgins

EVART — Evart’s girls basketball season ended last week with a 51-19 loss to McBain in a Division 3 district semifinal game.

The Wildcats ended at 7-14. Coach Paul Higgins announced he was resigning as the girls coach.

“We came out with a game plan defensively to try to slow them down,” Higgins said. “We did fairly well for 2½ quarters. Then we got caught up in a couple of switches. We had some lapses and they went into a bit of a run. They pushed it to double digits going into the fourth and we just couldn’t recover.”

Kelci Elder and Kara Henry were all-conference players for Evart while Hannah Wetters was honorable mention.

The season included two wins over Pine River.

“We started out OK,” Higgins said. “Like everyone else, we got stung with weather issues. It took us out of any type of rhythm we had. We just never really recovered from it. A lack of time in the gym hurt us whether it be execution wise and conditioning wise. Everyone else is in the same boat. So we can’t use that as an excuse.

“Going forward next year, there will be a lot of returning kids for whoever is coach.”

Higgins has coached the Wildcats for six years.

“The time was just right,” Higgins said. “Practicing, being around the kids, the competition, those are the things I’ll miss, and being around the game. I’ll get away from it for awhile and see what happens.”

Lake City 55, Pine River 40

FARWELL — The Bucks (0-19) fell to the Trojans on Friday in Division 3 district semifinal play to end the season.

Taylor Hill had 12 points and six rebounds while Darla Lindquist tallied eight points and five rebounds, and Kendra Montague had eight points and four boards.

 

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with Herald Review as well as the Pioneer and The Lake County Star. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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