EVART \u2014 Big Rapids enters the holiday break on a winning note following Thursday\u2019s 82-54 non-league win over Evart in boys basketball action. After a slow start, the Cardinals (3-3) caught fire for huge leads in the second quarter to hold back the Wildcats (2-6). \u201cWe were really good in spots and we were really bad in spots,\u201d Big Rapids coach Kent Ingles said. \u201cWe played everybody so we had strange combinations out there.\u201d \u201cWe took a long time making adjustments on their half-court trap,\u201d Evart coach Kris Morgan said. \u201cCam (Brasington) got into foul trouble early and that kind of hurt us. By the time we made adjustments, we were down too much.\u201d It was a rare meeting between the two schools but the second game this week for the Wildcats against a Big Rapids school. On Monday, Crossroads defeated Evart 82-63. Jackob Martinson hit eight points early in the first quarter to help the Cardinals take control. Cameron Brasington hit a triple late in the quarter to cut the Cardinal lead to 21-12. Jayden Mason passed to Dorian Martin for a layup late in the first quarter, which ended in a 31-14 Big Rapids lead. Martinson hit two free throws for a 41-22 lead midway in the second quarter and swished in two more foul shots late in the half. It was 51-32 at halftime and Big Rapids fired out to an 8-0 burst to open the second half. Mason scored inside at 2:47 for a 64-39 first-quarter lead. Martin scored off a steal seconds later. It was 67-39 after three quarters. Trevor Woodard netted a 3-pointer and Mason followed with a layup moments earlier for a 72-39 lead. Reagan scored on a drive with five minutes to play but it was 74-43, Big Rapids. Woodard hit another triple seconds later. \u201cThe full-court defense was better than our half-court defense,\u201d Ingles said. We gave them too many points. We didn\u2019t cover up very well. A win\u2019s and win. We\u2019ll take it. We\u2019re up to .500, so we have 6o get to work. We\u2019re still young and we make mistakes we shouldn\u2019t.\u201d \u201cWe shot 88 prcent from the free-throw line,\u201d Morgan said. \u201cThat\u2019s pretty solid.\u201d Martinson had 24 points while Dorian Martin, Woodard and Mason had nine apiece. Haidyn Simmer had nine points for Evart. Brasington had nine and Danny Witbeck added eight. Big Rapids is at Newaygo on Jan. 4, while on the same night, Evart is at Beal City.