EVART -- Crossroads needed someone to take charge in the second half and Kaela Brooks was more than happy to do the job.

Brooks scored 18 points including 12 in the second half while Malory Carlson added 14 points to lead the Cougars to a 55-36 non-league girls basketball win over Evart on Monday night. It was a season-high for Brooks in helping to cover for Carlson, who battled second-half foul trouble.

Carlson drove for a basket and 25-20 lead early in the third quarter. She later picked up her fourth foul. The Wildcats weren’t able to penetrate the Cougar defense and Carlson scored on a shot from the corner for a 29-20 advantage at 5:05.

Crossroads was able to stop Mara VanOrder and Evart from penetrating inside. Two free throws at 3:15 by Brooks gave the visitors a 33-22 lead. Two free throws by Aubrielle Angel gave her team a 37-24 lead at 1:35. Katlin Reed added two free throws moments later. It was 40-26 going into the fourth.

VanOrder scored for Evart to open the fourth quarter.

Larson and Brooks followed with quick baskets for Crossroads and a 44-28 lead. Brooks scored at 5:09 for a 48-28 advantage. Brooks scored four more points and it was 52-28 a minute later

Kristin Kullman hit a three and VanOrder scored inside for Evart to cut the lead to 54-34, but only 1:16 was left to play.

Carlson scored late in the second quarter for a 22-20 Crossroads halftime lead. Kullman led Evart with 16 points while Nabozny and VanOrder had eight apiece. Crossroads improved to 8-1 while Evart fell to 3-6.

Evart plays at Pine River Thursday.

Evart 33, Marion 29

EVART – The Evart defense made the key plays at critical times and the result was a 33-29 victory over Marion in Highland Conference girls basketball action Tuesday night.

Both teams struggled with turnovers early in the third and couldn’t hit their shots. Chloe Johnson hit a pair of shots for Marion to cut the Evart lead to 26-24 with a minute left in the quarter.

Mara VanOrder drove for a basket late in the quarter to make it a 28-24 game.