Pattee providing Evart with strong all-around play
EVART — Jared Pattee continues to establish himself as a complete player for the Evart Wildcats.
That was never more evident than in a recent 63-22 victory over Northport at home. Pattee scored 14 points and also had nine assists, seven steals and four rebounds.
“It was a really good (team) effort,” Pattee said. “Everyone played hard. It was just nice to get everybody clicking.”
The Wildcats started out slow against Northport, a game factor that coach Kris Morgan said has been happening too often.
“We’ve never really had good starts,” Pattee said. “We don’t know who our starters are. We need to be prepared to start and come out and play hard.”
Pattee, a veteran varsity player, said his role this season is “pretty much the same,” as in the past.
“I’m seeing the court a little bit better,” he said
That involves passing and getting steals.
“I like getting together people to score,” Pattee said. “For the most part we’ve all played basketball together for a long time. We’re a tight knit group.”
Evart is home this Thursday against McBain and is at Pine River next Tuesday.
“Hopefully if we can get on a roll, we can make some noise in the late (season) games and try to compete in the conference,” Pattee said.
In December, the Wildcats lost one of their top players, Jacob Hopkins for the season, from an anterior crucial ligament and other related injuries.
“He’s our best player, so it’s really hard to come back from that,” Pattee said. “We’ll just try to get other people involved. We have a lot of role players.”
The Wildcats are off to a 4-2 start and, along with two games this week, still have 14 left on the regular-season schedule.
“Defense and playing hard, just being scrappy,” will be the key for wins, Pattee said.