LEROY — Pine River fell to 1-1 with a 48-44 non-league loss to Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart on Monday.

Pine River led 24-20 at halftime. In the second half, the Irish shot 22 free throws compared to seven for the Bucks. Sacred Heart led 37-34 after the third quarter.

Mitchell McDonald scored 11 points for the Bucks while Hunter Powell added 10.

“I don’t think we shot 25 percent,” said Pine River coach Scott Benson. “We were just off. We couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn.”

The Bucks play at Morley Stanwood next Tuesday.

Pine River opened the season on Dec. 6 at home with a 72-15 victory over Harrison. Powell had 14 points while Tyler Lewis scored 13 points and McDonald had nine points and seven rebounds.

“My starters played four minutes in the first half,” Benson said. “It was 49-8 at halftime.”

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Pine River’s girls team returns to action at Marion on Friday in Highand Conference play. Coach Shawn Ruppert’s team played Tuesday at McBain.

The Bucks lost at Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart on Dec. 6, 47-36.

“We were up by four going into the last quarter,” Ruppert said. “We just couldn’t score in the last quarter.”

Jamie Justin scored 13 points.

“We played really well in first and third quarters,” Ruppert said. “But we didn’t play well in the second and fourth. We didn’t have a lot of turnovers We have to take care of the ball and convert when we have the opportunities.”

WRESTLING

Pine River was 2-2 Saturday at the Tri County Invitational. But Bucks won 42-34 over Carson City-Crystal, lost to Cedar Springs 38-35, won 49-19 over Grandville Calvin Christian and lost to Chippewa Hills 52-12.

Larry Kissinger was undefeated at 145.

Wrestlers that went 3-1 were Kyle Nixon at 130, Joe Miller at 171 and Kyle Charles at heavyweight.

On Wednesday, Dec. 7, Pine River opened at home, winning 70-6 over Manton and 84-0 over Mason County Eastern.

“The entire team had a good night,” said Pine River coach Tim Jones.

Pine River is home Wednesday against Benzie Central and Frankfort.