LEROY\u00a0\u2014 Anna Lindquist entered the season as a key player for the Pine River girls basketball team and hopes to continue to make contributions for the Bucks in upcoming games. She\u2019s in her second varsity season. Last year, Lindquist felt she adjusted well to the varsity level. \u201cIt\u2019s a faster-paced game,\u201d she said. \u201cI think I\u2019ve improved enough (from last year). I feel that I\u2019m really fast when I\u2019m defending.\u201d With that in mind, Lindquist has focused on staying in front of her opponent and trying to tip and steal the ball away as often as possible. Her offense is better, Lindquist indicated. \u201cI still need to work on it,\u201d she said. \u201cI need to keep the ball moving, keep moving (herself) and then I\u2019ll get an open person.\u201d Lindquist is especially looking for layups when the opportunity arises. Pine River started 0-2, but then won three straight Highland Conference games prior to a 52-37 loss to McBain last week. \u201cWe\u2019ve had more intense practices so we could bring that intensity onto the court,\u201d Lindquist said. \u201cWe need to keep our head in the game and know what to do.\u201d All-stater Kassy Nelson graduated and the Bucks have been looking at filling her scoring shoes. \u201cI think we\u2019ll have more even-scoring this year,\u201d she said. \u201cWe want to be a contender, a very tough team.\u201d The Bucks have home games Friday with McBain Northern Michigan Christian and Monday with Lakeview.