LEROY — Kassy Nelson concluded her four-year varsity high school basketball career last week.

But the Pine River senior would prefer that she would still be playing.

The Bucks lost in the title game of the Class C district to McBain.

“I personally think we let our nerves get to us, being such a young team and not being in a tough situation like this before, especially being in the district final,” Nelson said. 

Pine River had defeated McBain the first time the two teams met, but then lost the next two games.

“We didn’t play as a unit,” Nelson said. “We did not work to our advantages. In games we lost... we didn’t use our assets. We forced a lot. We (didn’t) use every possession to our advantage.”

The Bucks won a share of the Highland Conference title and were 18-4.

“Coming into this season, I’ll be honest with you, I wasn’t sure what to expect,” Nelson said. “We had a great season and a great run for awhile. It was probably one of my most memorable seasons, being my senior year and proving to everybody we can take a little bit and turn it into a lot.”

Nelson will be playing basketball next season at Saginaw Valley.

“I couldn’t be happier,” Nelson said. “Hopefully I’ll be playing summer ball with my travel team from last year.”

Nelson averaged 23.4 points, 3.5 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 4.3 steals per game for the Bucks.

“She played well all around this year,” Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert said.