EVART \u2014 The wait was well worth it for second-year Evart varsity boys basketball Kris Morgan Friday night. Nate Struble scored 14 points while Jonathon Hooker and Jacob Hopkins added 10 apiece to lead the Wildcats to a 52-43 victory over Beal City, the Highland Conference\u2019s first-place team. Beal City had entered the game at 6-0 in the league. The Wildcats improved to 4-6 overall and 3-3 in the league. \u201cWe had a good scouting report and my assistants watched them play Sacred Heart earlier,\u201d Morgan said. \u201cWe had a pretty good idea of who their shooters were. We knew they were going to push the ball. We just needed to execute. I was waiting for two years for a game like this.\u201d Beal City fell to 9-4 overall. The Wildcat defense forced 21 Beal City turnovers. Evart committed 17 miscues. \u201cIt feels great,\u201d Struble said. \u201cWe came out and played solid defense. We didn\u2019t make too many turnovers in the second half. That really helped us out.\u201d The Wildcats started out strong with a 15-11 first-quarter lead and it appeared the Aggies had regained control with a 25-22 halftime advantage. But Evart came out strong in the third quarter and led 31-25 on a drive from Devon VanOrder. Struble hit two free throws late in\u00a0 the third quarter for a 37-28 lead. Beal City went on a 5-0 run to end the third. Hooker\u2019s 3-pointer with 4:36 to play put Evart up 47-35. The Wildcats had a 49-35 lead before the Aggies went on a 7-0 run to get back in it. But Beal City couldn\u2019t connect on key shots down the stretch. Hopkins hit a free throw late in the game for a 50-43 lead. Hooker scored off his own steal with 52 seconds left to give the Wildcats a solid 52-43 lead. \u201cWe played all right defense,\u201d Morgan said. \u201cWe kind of mixed our 1-3-1 in a little bit. They missed some shots and we tried to cover their shooters a little bit. Our man-to-man was solid too.\u201d Struble also had 10 rebounds and three steals while VanOrder had six rebounds. \u201cI told the guys to celebrate this, but now this is our expectation,\u201d Morgan said. \u201cThis is what we can do on a night-to-night basis.\u201d Ironically, the Wildcats played at Beal City for a quick rematch Tuesday night. That game was rescheduled from earlier in the season. \u201cThey\u2019re going to be fired up,\u201d Morgan said of the Aggies.