Pine River girls defeat Lake City

LEROY — Pine River (9-1, 5-1) trailed 26-18 at halftime but came back in the third quarter to take control and defeat Manton 45-41 in Highland Conference action on Monday.

Julie Justin had 13 points for Pine River, followed by Kierra Justin with 10 and Anna Lindquist and Logan Powell with six apiece.

Pine River girls plays at 6 p.m. on Friday at Evart, with the boys teams playing at 7:30 p.m.

Pine River also picked up a home victory over Lake City 62-47 on Friday in Highland Conference action.

Pine River (8-1, 4-1) was up 14-11 after the first quarter, 34-28 at halftime and 47-41 after the third quarter.

Julie Justin had 24 points, four assists and four steals; Kierra Justin had 18 points and 10 rebounds, KayLee Goodman had seven points.

“Lake City came out hot in the first half and we had to change up our defense,” Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert said. “By the third quarter, we figured out what they were doing. I thought we did a good job in the fourth to stop their scorers. Kierra got into foul trouble and had to sit most of the third quarter. But the girls did a good job and played even in the third quarter without Kierra. That was a big part of it.

“Once Kierra got back in the game, she had a nice fourth quarter for us. We protected the ball well. We didn’t turn it over in the fourth. Once we got a lead, we did a good shot of killing the clock and getting good shots.”

On Wednesday, Pine River defeated Big Rapids Crossroads on the road 72-23.

Julie Justin scored 23 points and had five steals while Kierra Justin had 18 points and nine rebounds and Goodman had eight points and seven boards to lead Pine River.

The Bucks were on top 25-9 after the first quarter, 42-16 at halftime and 58-23 after the third quarter. Pine River had a 14-0 scoring advantage in the fourth.

Powell had seven points and five steals while Lindquist had seven points and Taylor Hill added six points and six rebounds for the Bucks.

“For not playing in awhile, we came out aggressively,” Ruppert said. “I was happy the way we moved the ball. In the first half, I thought we were off defensively. In the second half, we got better. Our bench did a nice job.”