Pine River defense stymies Chippewa Hills

Warriors girls defeat Beal City

Pine River's Tanner Prosch (5) drives on Chippewa Hills' Scott Miller (30) in Monday night boys basketball action.

Pine River's Tanner Prosch (5) drives on Chippewa Hills' Scott Miller (30) in Monday night boys basketball action.

Pioneer photo/John Raffel

REMUS – Pine River’s defense was just too much for Chippewa Hills boys basketball team in a 38-19 nonleague victory on Monday, Dec. 20.

The Bucks (2-2) led 12-4 after the first quarter, 24-9 at halftime and 30-19 after the third stanza.

Gage Saathoff had nine points for Chippewa Hills (1-3). 

“It has been the story of our last couple of games,” Warrior coach Mark Pelong said. “We missed a lot of opportunities around the rim. We’re getting good shots, we’re not finishing.”

Austin Dean had 10 points for the Bucks while Isaiah Dennis and Evan Esiline had nine points apiece.

“I was very pleased with our defensive effort,” Pine River coach  Brian Goodenow said. “Everybody worked hard. They’re starting to understand the defensive system. It shows. We’re executing very well on defense. We challenged their shots. I don’t think they got a lot of good open opportunities.

“We showed some pressure defense and fell back into our zone, which the guys have gotten comfortable with. We played that really well.”

Pine River is  home on Jan. 7 against McBain. The Bucks have a 4:30 scrimmage on Dec. 30 at home against Baldwin.

Chippewa Hills boys and girls varsity teams will play on New Year’s Day against Montabella at Little Caesars Arena, home of the Detroit Pistons. The girls game is at 12:30 p.m. and the boys at 2:15 p.m. The Pistons play at 7 p.m.

“It will be a good experience for our kids,” PeLong said. “We’ll be back at it after Christmas.”

Chippewa Hills 56, Beal City 45 (girls)

Dezi Brown scored 19 points while Madison Wrisley had 11 and Kendra Ray added 10 in a nonleague win at  Beal City on Monday, Dec. 20.

Brown had five 3-pointers including two in the first quarter and three in the second. Beal City led 13-8 after the first quarter and 23-18 at halftime. The Warriors had a 22-7 advantage in the third quarter and had a 40-30 lead going into the fourth. Chippewa Hills had a 16-15 advantage in the fourth quarter.