Pine River and Evart will return to action this Friday with key Highland Conference boys basketball tests. Pine River, 4-0, is at Marion Friday night. Last Friday at home, the Bucks scrimmaged Reed City and Tri County.

“Against Reed City, I thought we played well in the first part,” said Pine River coach Brian Goodenow. “Reed City is not a bad team. They didn’t have the size to match up with Lincoln (Erickson). Against Tri County, we didn’t play good. They were getting a lot of good outside shots. We didn’t challenge the open shot.”

The defense needs more fine tuning, Goodenow indicated. The scrimmages still gave the Bucks a good shot at getting ready for upcoming games.

“You can only play against each other so much,” Goodenow said. “It’s good to play against other teams. Tri County’s outside shooting was a challenge for us.

EVART

The Wildcats resume action Friday night at home against Lake City. Evart was hoping to snap its three-game losing streak on Dec. 21 at Beal City, But that game was postponed because of weather conditions.

“I would have liked to have played,” said Evart coach Kris Morgan. “Jared Pattee would have been at 100 percent.”

Pattee has been idle in recent games while coming off an ankle sprain earlier in the season.

“I think our guys are ready for more games,” said Morgan, noted that the schedule will get heavier in upcoming weeks, especially February.

“We’re working on our turnovers and working on our offense,” Morgan said.