Pine River girls defeat Roscommon
LEROY -- The Pine River girls basketball team celebrated its senior night with a 42-24 victory over Roscommon on Thursday night in Highland Conference action.
With the Highland Conference victory over their fellow Bucks from the northeast corner of the state, the Buck girls have brought their winning streak to three games and improve their record to 6-13 (5-10).
It's also the second time this season in which Pine River has taken down Roscommon, with the first win coming back on Jan. 21 away from home.
The night's competition began with both sides struggling to score points through a defensive-minded first quarter, with neither side reaching double digits in the opening eight minutes.
Though one frame of basketball, Pine River's girls trailed by a slim 7-6 margin but caught fire from virtually all over the floor during the second quarter while forcing Roscommon into early foul trouble.
PR found itself in the bonus less than three minutes into the second quarter and rode the hot shooting from the field and free-throw line into halftime with a 24-14 advantage on the board.
Riding a 10-point advantage into the second half, the Bucks of Pine River ran into a bit of a cold spell with their shooting.
This did little to affect the lead PR built late in the first half because of Pine River's defensive tenacity and aggressiveness. After three quarters, Pine River's ladies had a 32-21 lead to their credit going into the fourth quarter.
PR continued to frustrate the Roscommon attack during the game's final quarter and its advantage to at least 10 points for the remainder of the contest.
In the final 90 seconds of action, the Pine River girls came close to doubling up Roscommon and were able to complete the task before the clock ran out of time.
Pine River's ladies will wrap up their regular season with a home game against the Manton Rangers on Feb. 26. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
The Bucks fell 64-17 to the Rangers on the road in early January.
Scoring Line: Payton Fulmerhouser 18, Kendra Montague 10, Madi Sparks 5, Hailey Wansted 4, CorNesha Holmes 2, Daria Lindquist 2, Esde Koetje.