LEROY – Logan Powell has established herself as one of the area’s best girls basketball players after one month of regular-season action.

The Pine River junior is in her third varsity season. Last year, she played a huge role on a team that was a regional finalist.

“It was the best team I’ve played on and I was on varsity for two years,” she said. “It was fun. I felt pretty confident with my season. I had Julie Justin to help me when I got nervous. It’s different this year.”

It’s a different role for Powell this season.

“I’ll kind of be in Julie’s role,” she said. “I’ll be the main shooter for us. I’m getting there. It will take practice and being confident. We’ll have a lot to learn”

Powell already has had a few 20-plus games in scoring. But her dribbling abilities also have been critical.

“I feel pretty confident in my dribbling,” she said.

“I know I still have to do more to compete at how I want to be. I have my girls to help me out (on the pressbreaker) so it’s not all on me.”

Powell has been confident with her 3-point shooting.

“You have to be confident in your shot and don’t hesitate,” she said.

“I think our man defense will be pretty good, but we have to focus on our helpside this year.”

The Bucks have adjusted from longtime coach Shawn Ruppert, now athletic director, to first-year skipper Brandon Bowman.

“It’s a very big difference,” Powell said. “It’s a little different (with the new coach) with different strategy, but we’ll get there.”

The Bucks entered the holiday break at 3-4. They are at McBain Northern Michigan Christian on Thursday.