Pine River girls chemistry as reason behind team’s success
LEROY — It’s been quite a winter for Jamie Justin.
The Pine River senior guard has led her team to Highland Conference and district titles, plus a 20-game winning streak coming into regional action this week.
Also last month, Justin surpassed the 1,000-point mark in four years of varsity action.
“We have a little bit to work on but we’re doing pretty good for the most part,” Justin said after hitting the thousand mark. “We can improve a little bit on everything and work on our shooting.
“We all get along really well together. We haven’t had problems all season and I think we have good team chemistry.”
The Bucks lost the season opener to Reed City, which some, including coach Shawn Ruppert, feel has been a blessing in disguise since the Bucks haven’t lost since the opener.
Junior starter Devyn Powell agrees.
“We’re very focused coming out,” she said. “Our team gets along very well. We’re very good in the defensive area. We also work well moving the ball on offense.”
While Justin has been an offensive producer for the Bucks, Powell has usually handle the defensive side although she has also been scoring points lately.
“We have had a lot more fast breaks,” Powell said. “I think we’re pretty confident. We also know it’s not just handed to us. We have to work hard at every game to make sure we can get the win.”