Nelson reflects on Pine River's girls season

LEROY — Kassy Nelson, as a junior, had another strong season for the Pine River Bucks girls basketball team. But she would have preferred to have been playing in the Class C regionals this week. The Bucks were in district action last week, beating Farwell and then losing 45-40 to Beal City.

Nelson has been overcoming sore knees throughout the season but still has had strong performances.

After the Farwell game “I feel the nerves got to us,” she said... “We have to play a lot better.”

The press opened things up for the Bucks in the second half of that game.

‘We just wanted to get things moving,” Nelson said. “We’ve been playing well as a team. I try to go with the flow. I know I have a big role. I like to see where the game takes me. If it involves scoring, than so be it. If it involves doing something else, that’s the part I’ll take.”

Nelson was hopeful of a strong performance against Beal City.

The team got off to a 9-0 start with Nelson scoring almost at will. But then she gained more attention and was relatively quiet offensively for the rest of the game.

“We didn’t rebound well and gave them too many second chances,” Nelson said. “That pretty much cost us the game.”

Nelson noted she was targeted by Beal City with a box-and-one, making it tough for her to get open.

Pine River finished the season at 15-4.

“I think we surprised a lot of people who didn’t think we’d do as well as we did. I was proud of the younger girls that stepped up and played,” Nelson said.