LEROY \u2014 After falling in district play last year to McBain 54-50, the Pine River girls basketball team wanted this season\u2019s district championship to end differently. And it did. Friday, the Bucks claimed a 64-35 victory over the Morley Stanwood Mohawks to earn a Class C district championship. \u201cWe played really well as a team,\u201d Kierra Justin said. \u201cWe definitely picked it up in the second half.\u201d Justin led the Bucks with 20 points, while Julie Justin had 17 and Logan Powell 13. Marissa Frye scored eight to lead the Mohawks. The first quarter started with both teams trading baskets at opposite ends of the floor. Selma Barnett made a fast-break layup as time expired to give the Bucks a 14-12 lead entering the second quarter. \u201cWe came out strong and made shots,\u201d Mohawks head coach Shane Frye said. \u201cWe went cold for a little while and couldn\u2019t quite get over the hump.\u201d Pine River carried that momentum into the second quarter, with Logan Powell scoring five straight points to key a 12-1 Bucks run that set the tone for the rest of the game. The Bucks led 27-15 at halftime. \u201cWe did a better job on the boards after the first quarter,\u201d Bucks coach Shawn Ruppert said. \u201cOur defense stepped up as well. Our subs played great for us.\u201d Kierra Justin scored the first points of the second half. The Mohawks couldn\u2019t solve the riddle of Pine River\u2019s inside-out game. Kierra Justin controlled the post while Powell and Julie Justin knocked down 3-pointers. \u201cYou try to take one (Justin) away and the other one gets you,\u201d Frye said. \u201cWe knew it was going to be an uphill battle. We tried different things, but just couldn\u2019t come up with the right combinations to make it work for us tonight.\u201d Mohawk senior Hannah Cornell rolled an ankle while defending Julie Justin on the perimeter and was in noticeable pain. Cornell was able to stay in the game and knocked down a 3-point basket on the next possession. She scored five points in the third quarter as the Mohawks faced a 50-27 deficit to start the fourth. \u201cOur second half start was huge,\u201d Ruppert said. \u201cWe shot the ball real well.\u201d Pine River moved on to face Montabella in the regional semifinal game on Tuesday at Beal City. If the Bucks won, they'll play Shelby or Hemlock on Thursday for the regional title. \u201cWe\u2019re accustomed to playing like we did today,\u201d Ruppert said. \u201cThe girls expected to be where we are right now.\u201d Julie Justin scored 20 points for the Bucks on March 4 in a 43-34 Class C district semifinal win over Lakeview.