Nelson off to impressive start for Pine River basketball team


LEROY — Kassy Nelson had games of 27 points against Reed City and 16 points against Morley Stanwood last week in showing how ready she appears to be to make her senior girls basketball season her best.

“It was a little bit surprising,” she said of her 27-point game Dec. 2 in the season debut. “I’ve been working and it’s starting to pay off for me.”

Nelson hit five threes but has been able to hit shots from various areas of the court. She said she’s comfortable on all areas of the floor, but the 3-pointer has especially been her favorite shot. It’s been a matter of repetition for Nelson and developing a rhythm in that shot.

“I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t think I’m going to miss anymore,” she said. “I’m real confident in that shot. I am not thinking about it. I’m just doing it.”

In other words, not thinking too much about the shot and just letting it fly is actually increasing Nelson’s chances of hitting the attempts, she feels. Worrying too much about it holds her back, she added.

The Bucks were impressive in the win over Reed City and lost a tough 48-41 verdict to a strong Morley Stanwood team.

“We’re young, but we have a lot of talent,”’ Nelson said. “We still have a lot of talent to be brought out of everyone.”

It’s her fourth varsity season but this is probably more of a leadership year for Nelson. “A lot of the girls look up to me,” she said, “I feel like when we need to get the game starting and rolling, everybody is all together.”

On defense, “I’m a little bit quicker than last year because I’ve been working out a lot,” she said. “I would say it’s a lot of effort and my mind set is better than it has been.”

This is a team that can be a contender, Nelson said, adding that the key is “don’t be scared, don’t be nervous. Just go out and play our best. We’re talented right now but we have a lot of potential to keep coming.”