Gatt gets offensive for Pine River girls

LEROY — Cayman Gatt has been taking it upon herself to shoot the ball more often.

The strategy seemed to pay off on Thursday when she scored 12 points to lead the Pine River girls basketball team over Evart 54-26.

The Bucks have shown a knack of putting the game away early against certain teams. They were down 4-0 against Evart and quickly, within a minute, took control of the game for a 9-4 lead following three steals and three consecutive 3-pointers.

Gatt hasn’t always been at the top of the scoring charts for the Bucks but continues to demonstrate the potential. It’s the second varsity season for Gatt, a Pine River junior.

“I shoot the ball more and they fall more,” she said. “I hustle more on defense.”

Defense is her favorite part of the game, Gatt said.

The Bucks are 8-3 overall and 5-1 in the Highland.

“We’re playing good. We all get along together,” Gatt said. “We need to work on our offense. We usually are consistent, all four quarters. Tonight was just off.”

The Bucks were sluggish in the second half against Evart, noted PR coach Shawn Ruppert, but Gatt is confident her team will get up for key upcoming matchups.

“Manton and McBain are our next two games,” Gatt said. “We have to run the floor and hustle.”

Manton came to Pine River on Tuesday while McBain pays a visit on Friday in two Highland Conference games this week.