"We had a terrible night shooting the basketball," Evarts coach Bill Wilson said. "We had good shots. We had people open, played good defense, rebounded well. We just didn't shoot well. That's the only difference in the game."
The Lady Cats committed just 11 turnovers and outrebounded Barbourville 37-33 but hit just 16 of 68 shots from the floor.
Senior guard Callie Mills scored a game-high 22 points for Barbourville (13-9).
Senior forward Kendra Williams led the Lady Cats with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Johnnie Parker scored 10 points. Porche Carr grabbed 10 boards.
"We've not practiced, and I've been sick since Wednesday," said Wilson. "With the illness going around, I didn't want the girls to get up there and the gym be cold. So we didn't practice at all over the weekend.
"Maybe we'll get in the gym and work on our shooting a little bit. We're playing a little bit better basketball. Tonight, we sure did look better on defense than we had in awhile."
Barbourville coach Brandon Hillard was happier with his team's performance than he was in Saturday's 55-30 loss to visiting Harlan.
"We played with a little bit of pride and a little bit of heart tonight. It was a good basketball game," he said.
"Porche Carr played a great game. You've got to tip your hat to her. Williams had an phenomenal game rebounding-wise."
The game was tied three times in the first quarter. A layup by Whitney Mills gave Barbourville a 9-7 edge at the end of the period.
The Lady Cats missed 13 of their 16 field goal attempts in the first quarter while Barbourville missed 11 of 15.
After Williams tied the game at 9-9, Callie Mills nailed two straight 3-pointers as the Lady Tigers took the lead for good.
Another basket by Williams and a trey by Parker pulled Evarts within 18-16 with 2:36 left in the first half.
Ashley Banfield had two free throws the rest of the half as the Lady Tigers led by four at halftime.
Williams had three baskets as Evarts got as close as 25-22 midway through the third quarter. Callie Mills and Brittany McKeehan each had 3-pointers and Banfield added a jumper as Barbourville took a 35-27 advantage heading into the final quarter.
The Lady Cats would get as close as eight points in the fourth quarter.
Callie Mills had two baskets, Ashley Smith nailed a 3-pointer and Barbourville hit five of eight free throws down the stretch to win.
"Evarts kept scratching and wouldn't go away," said Hillard. "Evarts is not the same team as they were at the beginning of the year. They're a better team now.
"I felt like I had some kids that were determined to win a ballgame tonight. It was a good game for us."
Evarts (5-12) returns to action Friday at Lynn Camp. Barbourville plays host to Jackson County tonight.
Teena Grubb fired in 24 points as Barbourville defeated the Lady Cats 38-19 in the junior varsity game. Neysa Kelly added eight points for Barbourville (6-8).
Jessica Middleton paced Evarts (3-4) with seven points. Cassandra Caudill followed with six. Nikki Bowman, Kattie Clark and Danielle Middleton added two each.
Johnnie Parker 4-13 1-2 10, Kayla McCreary 0-3 0-0 0, Shanoa Middleton 2-20 2-2 6, Kendra Williams 7-18 0-0 14, Porche Carr 3-14 1-2 7, Kattie Clark 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 16-68 4-6 37.
Ashley Smith 1-6 1-2 4, Brittany McKeehan 2-7 2-3 7, Callie Mills 9-20 0-0 22, Dana Abner 0-4 2-3 2, Whitney Mills 3-5 0-0 6, Ashley Banfield 2-5 3-4 7, Jennie White 0-2 0-0 0, Neysa Kelly 0-0 0-0 0, Teena Grubb 0-1 1-2 1. Totals: 17-50 9-14 49.
Evarts 7 9 11 10 - 37
Barbourville 9 11 15 14 - 49
3-point goals: Evarts 1-18 (Parker 1-8, McCreary 0-3, Middleton 0-7), Barbourville 6-22 (C. Mills 4-9, Smith 1-5, McKeehan 1-5, White 0-1, Abner 0-2). Rebounds: Evarts 37 (Williams 11), Barbourville 33 (Smith 8). Assists: Evarts 8 (Carr 5), Barbourville 11 (Smith 4). Turnovers: Evarts 11, Barbourville 12. Fouled out: None.