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Pine River 61, Lake City 22

LEROY — The Pine River girls basketball team had little trouble in posting a 61-22 victory over Lake City on Friday.

The Bucks are now 11-0 in the Highland Conference and 15-1 overall.

Jamie Justin led Pine River with 16 points, while Devyn Powelladded 14. Kassy Nelson recorded 10 points and four steals.

Erica Buchner paced the rebounding effort with eight boards.

Reed City 54, Newaygo 28

REED CITY — A solid defensive effort helped Reed City’s girls basketball team pick up a 54-28 win over Newaygo on Tuesday (Feb. 5).

Emma Lockhart led the Coyotes with 15 points and four assists, while Kalee Hensel added 11. Natalie Westhoff chipped in seven points and six rebounds while Mackenzie Switzer added six.

“We didn’t have a lot of flow and were kind of going through the motions,” Reed City coach Brian Koopman said. “I thought we played very well defensively in the second and third quarters.”

Pine River 48, Marion 14

MARION — Pine River’s girls basketball team bolted out to a 17-0 lead after the first quarter and never looked back in a 48-14 win over Marion on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

The Bucks (14-1, 10-0) were led by Jamie Justin with 13 points and five rebounds, while Kassy Nelson had 11 points and nine rebounds. Cayman Gatt added eight points in the win.

“Our defense was very good in the first half,” Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert said. “I thought our second team even did a good job defending through most of the second half.