LEROY —  Pine River’s girls basketball roster has just four seniors, but each one expects to play a key role in the Bucks’ fortunes this season, including Erin Koetje.

Koetje was injured for half the season last winter and had a key return performance on Dec. 3 in the season opener when the Bucks defeated the Reed City Coyotes.

“It was a little sketchy. We felt we did a lot better in the second half,” Koetje said, adding that the key was “do better on D, start rebounding and start hustling.”

As a senior, Koetje is a leader for the Bucks but also is focusing on her guard duties. Despite her hip injury early in the 2012-13 season she feels she’s been able to get back into proper basketball shape.

The Bucks got off to a 1-1 start last season. They open their Highland Conference season with McBain Friday night.

“We’re looking pretty good,” Koetje said. “We have some work to do.”

The Bucks lost several players from their district title team a year ago and are looking for players like Koetje to help pick up the slack.

“Defense is definitely my favorite,” Koetje said of her role, “but my coach likes me to shoot.”

The season is still young and Koetje is confident the Bucks will win a good share of their games.

“We’ll go to work on our rebounding and getting down the floor and moving our feet,” she said.