Pine River junior play off to solid start


LEROY — Cheyanna Rizor has gotten off to a promising start as a junior for the Pine River girls basketball team.

Rizor had an impressive debut for the Bucks earlier this month with 10 points in a victory over Reed City. She had eight rebounds three days later in a loss to Morley Stanwood.

“Getting back on defense and playing together as a team,” has been key elements for the Bucks this season, she said. “I think we’re playing good as a team.”

At times, such as the loss to Morley Stanwood, the shots haven’t been falling, Rizor noted.

It’s her first season on the varsity and Rizor admits she was “surprised” with her 10-point effort against Reed City.

“The first half, my confidence wasn’t that great,” she said. “The second half, I felt to myself I could do it.”

Defense remains Rizor’s main role, but she ‘s looking at posting up for putbacks and scoring. Her strengths, Rizor said are her defensive skills, but she wants to work on her offense, especially dribbling.

I think we have really good potential, Rizor said, adding that the key is “defense and talk.”

The Bucks entered the season as a young team. “There are five or six juniors and we only have four seniors and we have two freshmen,” Rizor said, adding that the biggest adjustment to the varsity game is”quickness and harder passes.”

Rizor saidMcBain and Beal City would be two of the tough teams the Bucks would face this season in the Highland Conference. They sustained a narrow 44-38 loss to McBain Friday.

To defeat league powerhouse teams, “we have to be focused and on our game,” she said.