LEROY —  Plenty of basketball remains this winter for Kassy Nelson and her Pine River Bucks.

But it’s already been a memorable season.

In January, Nelson passed the 1,000-points career mark, becoming only the third player in Pine River girls basketball history to reach that plateau.

“It feels pretty rewarding,” Nelson said, acknowledging that she entered the season knowing she had a chance to pass the mark.

She had eight assists in the game when she passed 1,000 points. That’s been as much of a focus for Nelson than

scoring.

But Nelson continues to focus on the team’s drive to Highland Conference and post-season titles.

“We keep getting better and better,” she said after a recent win, adding that getting back on the winning track after a recent loss to Lakeview, only the second setback of the season, “was very important. We don’t want to be a losing team. No one likes losing. It was a kick in the butt to work harder in practice, that’s for sure.”

The Bucks were scheduled to play at McBain Thursday in a key Highland Conference game. They are home Feb. 10 with McBain Northern Michigan Christian and Feb. 17 with Mason County Central

“We just want to keep going game-by-game, playing as a team,” Nelson said.