Pine River girls put five on all-conference team
LEROY — A memorable girls basketball season for Pine River included Highland Conference and Class C district title honors.
There also were five players honored recently by the all-Highland team.
Seniors Julie Justin and her cousin, Kierra Justin, were on the first team, along with KayLee Goodman and sophomore Logan Powell.
Anna Lindquist was on the honorable mention list. Julie Justin also earned all-state honorable mention honors.
Julie Justin averaged 14.8 points, 4.0 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game.
“She also has been our captain the past two seasons,” Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert said. “She was all-conference all four seasons. She’s a great team leader on and off the court.”
Kierra Justin averaged 13.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists a game.
“She was dominant in some games this year,” Ruppert said. “She also has been on the varsity for four years and has been a big part of our success.”
Powell averaged 7.0 points, 2.6 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game.
“She’s a great rebounder for her size,” Ruppert said. “She really developed her leadership skills this season.”
Goodman was at 9.6 points, 1.5 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game.
“She missed a few games because of injuries, but was our best player in a few games this season,” Ruppert said.
Lindquist averaged 5.8 points, 1.6 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game.
“She’s our other captain,” Ruppert said. “She improved her offensive game this season, but has always been one of our best hustlers.”
The Bucks were 22-2 overall.
“I was real happy with how the girls played,” Ruppert said. “We were in a tough conference. The last two years we won it outright. This year in districts, we were expected to win it and did that. I was pleased with how we did in the regional finals (60-55 loss to Hemlock.). If Julie hadn’t foul out (late in the game), it might have been a different result.”
The Justins, Lindquist and Alexis Bennett will graduate.
“Anna played a nice regional final game for us,” Ruppert said. “So did Julie, Kierra and the others.”
Players returning will be Powell, Goodman, Selma Barnett and Taylor Hill.
“There’s girls that got some playing time this year,” Ruppert said.
Cyana Dellar earned first team and Brooke Belleville made honorable mention honors for Evart.
“Cyana had a pretty solid season,” Evart coach Paul Higgins said. “She came a long ways from last year. She really stepped her game up. We’re looking for big things from her next year. Brooke did a nice job running point for us. She had a good season also.”