Barnett playing key role for Bucks

Anselma Barnett works on her free-throw shooting.
Anselma Barnett works on her free-throw shooting.

LEROY — Anselma Barnett entered the Pine River girls basketball season expected to play a big role for the Bucks.

So far, she’s been filling her expectations for coach Brandon Bowman and the Bucks.

It’s her senior season for the Bucks. She’s been on the varsity three seasons including last year’s squad which advanced to the regional finals. She was a backup for various players including all-league standout Kiera Justin.

Shes been a starter as a post-up player this season.

“I’m a good rebounder, definitely, and my shooting is getting better this year working with my coach and practicing at home,” Barnett said. “You have to go from the small things to the big things (in shooting). You can’t just be shooting outside shots.”

She said her best shot is the side jump shots and 3-pointers. The defense, she indicated, will focus on half-court strategies.

Bowman replaced long-time girls basketball coach Shawn Ruppert, who is now athletic director.

“It’s different, but not very,” Barnett said of the change in coaches. “But it’s been going really good,”

Pine River resumes action on Jan. 5  against McBain at home. The Bucks are 3-3 after a 54-48 loss to Gladwin on Dec. 19 in the final game prior to the holiday break.