EVART -- Jared Pattee is back in the Evart lineup from injury and the Wildcats are looking for their junior standout to play a key role in upcoming games.

The Wildcats lost to Lake City in recent action 59-45 before coming back to beat Manton laast week.

“I thought we played hard,” Pattee said. “It didn’t help not playing (since Christmas break).”

Lake City is 5-0. “They’re a pretty good team,” Pattee said. “They showed that tonight.”

Boxing out and getting rebounds will be critical in upcoming games for Evart, Pattee indicated.

His injured left ankle kept Pattee out of some games.

“The ankle’s still bothering me a little bit,” he said. “I hope to be 100%. It’s pretty good right now but is still a a little achy.” Patte, a junior, was brought up as a sophomore midway during the 2011-12 season and made an immediate impact.

“I’m there to set people up to score,” he said, adding that he’s focusing on improving defensively.

The Wildcats are looking to get back in the Highland Conference race after getting off to a 1-4 start.

“Boxing out, turnovers and playing better defense” are the keys for success in upcoming games, Pattee indicated.