Pattee, Wildcats hopeful they can keep season going

EVART — Jared Pattee has had a solid senior season for the Evart Wildcats.

But it was frustrating for him to pick up his fourth foul in the second half in Monday’s district opener against Farwell. but the Wildcats still prevailed 59-47 and play Pine River Wednesday night in the district semifinal at Beaverton.

“We were ready to go,” Pattee said.

The Wildcats enter Wednesday’s game at 9-10.

“It’s been up-and-down,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of guys out for different reasons whether it’s ineligible, injuries, missing practice or stuff like that.”

That’s made it challenging for the Wildcats to find consistency. But for the playoffs, everyone is back except Jacob Hopkins, who sustained a season-ending ACL injury back in December.

“We’re starting to come into it, playing with each other all the time,” Pattee said. “That helps out a lot.”

Chris Garner scored 24 points against Farwell and was a favorite target, inside, for passes from Pattee and others.

“He’s one of the biggest guys in our conference,” Pattee said. “When he’s on his game, that’s when we get in a roll.”

Pattee said he’s played “all right, but there’s always more stuff I can do better to improve my game.”

Passing the ball inside to the likes of Garner has been a key role for Pattee.

“It helps having a guy that big,” Pattee said. “He does a great job of getting the ball and going up with it. He makes my job easy.”