Goodman playing key role for Pine River basketball team

LEROY  — KayLee Goodman made plenty of progress as a freshman for Pine River’s girls basketball team last season.

But her contributions continue to increase for this year’s squad, which was 10-3 entering action this week. The Bucks handed Lake City its first loss of the season last month.

“It felt really good,” Goodman said. “We played as a team. This win ties us for first place. It felt good to beat a 10-0 team. It was everything. We were playing hard and running the floor.”

Compared to last season, “I’ve improved a lot,” Goodman said. “My ball handling has gotten better and so has my confidence. (Her role) is about the same as last year.”

Goodman came off the bench last season. She is a starter this year.

“There’s a little more pressure (as a starter),” she said.

Goodman fouled out against Lake City for the first time this season. She acknowledged she tries to be aggressive going for the ball, but has avoided foul trouble.

“Usually, I never get this many fouls,” she said.

Goodman is looking to improve on rebounding as the season progresses. She’s looking to box out and get better positioning.

Pine River plays Thursday at home against Manton. Going for a conference title is a definite goal.

“We just need to keep our intensity up,” Goodman said. “Even when we get down, we have to fight back.”