Lindquist playing key role for Pine River basketball team

LEROY — Anna Lindquist entered the season as a key player for the Pine River girls basketball team and hopes to continue to make contributions for the Bucks in upcoming games.

She’s in her second varsity season. Last year, Lindquist felt she adjusted well to the varsity level.

“It’s a faster-paced game,” she said. “I think I’ve improved enough (from last year). I feel that I’m really fast when I’m defending.”

With that in mind, Lindquist has focused on staying in front of her opponent and trying to tip and steal the ball away as often as possible.

Her offense is better, Lindquist indicated.

“I still need to work on it,” she said. “I need to keep the ball moving, keep moving (herself) and then I’ll get an open person.”

Lindquist is especially looking for layups when the opportunity arises.

Pine River started 0-2, but then won three straight Highland Conference games prior to a 52-37 loss to McBain last week.

“We’ve had more intense practices so we could bring that intensity onto the court,” Lindquist said. “We need to keep our head in the game and know what to do.”

All-stater Kassy Nelson graduated and the Bucks have been looking at filling her scoring shoes.

“I think we’ll have more even-scoring this year,” she said. “We want to be a contender, a very tough team.”

The Bucks have home games Friday with McBain Northern Michigan Christian and Monday with Lakeview.