Another Justin freshman giving Bucks key minutes


LEROY — Kierra Justin is only a freshman but has been making key contributions for the Pine River Bucks this season.

Her cousin Julie, a starting guard for the varsity Bucks, is also a freshman.

Kierra found out as the season started she would be on the varsity.

“I was excited in that I thought about (how) I needed to work hard,” Justin said.

She did have a chance to play with the varsity during the summer season.

Defending the post is among Justin’s roles on the court and she has been happy with her effort. She’s 6-2 1/2 and looks to shoot as well as possible and feels “sometimes” she’s using her height to her advantage and is looking to be more focused.

Despite being just a freshman, Justin said she hasn’t been afraid to mix it up with older players. She’s confident with both inside and outside shots.

Her best game was 10 points against Brethren with a mixture of layups and outside shots.

The Bucks were at McBain Friday night and lost. The Ramblers have no league losses. Pine River’s only league losses have been to McBain.

“We’re improving more each day of practice and each game,” Justin said, adding that “playing together” remains the key behind having success against top teams like McBain and Beal City. “We need to stick together and make sure we handle the ball well.”

The team can still make a run to be district champs, Justin hopes.

“I want to work on my shooting more and my post areas,” she said.