Pine River senior excited with basketball prospects

Sumpter playing key role for Bucks

Avery Sumptner



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LEROY — Pine River’s girls basketball team, like other hoops squads, is returning from a holiday break with hopes of coming back strong in the New Year.

The Bucks resumed action at Lakeview on Monday. They will host McBain on Jan. 6 in Highland Conference action.

Avery Sumpter has been among the top players for the Bucks.

It’s her senior season and her second on the varsity. She recalls making a solid transition from the JV to varsity level last year.

She prepared during the offseason and was looking to show some improvement this year “definitely in shooting,” Sumpter said. 

She plays down low with the key emphasis of boxing out and getting rebounds.

“You have to stay low,” she said, adding she hopes to be physical and aggressive underneath and effective in putbacks.

Pine River coach Paula Sims mentioned Sumpter in preseason as being among the team’s expected key players.

Pine River has started out the season at 2-3.

“I think we’ve gotten a lot stronger from last year,” Sumpter said, adding the Bucks have more experience.

She expects McBain to be among the top teams in the Highland Conference and adds the key to beating such teams is “being aggressive.”

Sumpter also plays volleyball and said it’s her favorite sport.

“I like the (dynamics) of it,” she said. “It’s a team sport.”