LEROY — Two Pine River girls basketball players have received honors from the Highland Conference.

“This year was my second year coaching varsity girls basketball, and sixth year coaching girls basketball,” Pine River coach Brandon Bowman said. “Unfortunately, though these girls worked as hard as they could, they were unable to grab a win this year, and went 0-20.

“Overall, I’m very proud of this group of girls. They had to face a lot of adversity, and were left with only one senior going into the year. They were very young, and raw, but showed how resilient they were, as they put in their best effort every game. They continued to grow every game, played with a team first attitude, and created a much stronger foundation to build on going into next year.”

Bowman said he placed a strong emphasis on defense.

“We made it our priority to improve our defense and cut our turnovers down throughout the year, and by the end of the year, we were much improved in those areas,” Bowman said.

“Every game was a challenging moment for these girls, as they had to fight and grind for every step forward they took, but again, no matter how tough the competition, they continued to improve.”

Taylor Hill, as the lone senior, had the toughest challenge of helping mold a young team. Her defense and rebounding this year was critical for her team. She was our leading rebounder. She also improved her scoring ability, as she led us in points per game. Chelsea Wanstead, a junior, also had a lot of pressure on her this year, as our senior point guard wasn’t able to play this year due to a knee injury. By the end of the year, she handled the pressure very well, and had a huge impact on the defensive end, as well as on the boards.”

Hill is the only graduating senior.

“I will be returning the other nine girls that were on the roster with five juniors, three sophomores, and one freshman,” Hill said. “I’m excited to see their progress as we go into next year. We have a lot of young girls that have already made an impact, and it will be fun to see them continue to grow.”