EVART\u00a0\u00a0\u2014 Evart boys basketball player Jacob Fortune is in his senior season and looking to play a key role in his team\u2019s bid to be a force in the Highland Conference. Fortune had 12 points from off the bench in his team\u2019s recent 61-50 victory over Marion. \u201cWe could have cleaned it up a bit, had better passes and shots,\u201d Fortune said. \u201cA little more hustle on defense would have been nicer.\u201d The key for the team to have four strong quarters \u201cis coming out and staying focused. A big part of our problem is coming out strong at the start of the game,\u201d Fortune said. \u201cIf we do that, we\u2019ll start to play for all four quarters.\u201d The Wildcats lost Jacob Hopkins early in the season on a knee injury. \u201cHe\u2019s a big part of our team,\u201d Fortune said. \u201cIt\u2019s hard without him. We make due with what we\u2019ve got.\u201d Fortune said his main role on the court is hustle defense. He\u2019s also been scoring for the Wildcats. \u201cIf I have an open lane, I\u2019ll drive it,\u201d he said. The Wildcats have started out 5-3. \u201cWe\u2019re capable of a lot more than what we\u2019ve achieved already,\u201d Fortune said. \u201cI think we should be in the top three teams in the conference.\u201d Hustling on defense is a team strength. As the season progresses, Fortune is looking forward to the Wildcats achieving achieve plenty of successes. \u201cWe\u2019ll start clicking real soon,\u201d he said.