Fulmerhouser reflects on improved season



LEROY -- Pine River's girls basketball team was able to improve from a winless season in 2019-20 to a six-win campaign this year

Among the reasons was the contributions of Payton Fulmerhouser, a Pine River junior.

She was among the leading scorers all season for the Bucks and said the team showed marked improvement from a year ago and played well together.

Fulmerhouser also hopes to work on her game during the offseason and help the Bucks be even better next year.

In preseason comments, new coach Paula Justin had mentioned her expectations of Fulmerhouser and other girls:

"I will have four seniors: Becca Horan, Daria Lindquist, Chelsea Wanstead, and Havannah Wagner and am looking to these seniors for their leadership. I have five juniors with Payton Fulmerhouser, Esde Koetje, CorNesha Holmes, Kim Hill and Kendra Montague.

"Payton, Esde and Kendra all played varsity last year so they have experience at the varsity level and have been working hard to improve."

Justin also had confidence in sophomore Hailey Wanstead and freshman Madi Sparks.

"Hailey played on the varsity last year as well and has worked hard in the off-season to improve her game," Justin said during the preseason. "Madi is very skilled, worked very hard in the off-season to improve her skills and is fitting in very well with the team.

"We should be competitive this year. Eight of the 11 players have varsity playing experience. I expect them to go out every night play hard and give it their all."

The result was six more wins with Fulmerhouser playing a key role in this improvement.