Thursday, July 30, 2015

Court teams earn split

Eagles tend to feast on fish.
But the Muskie junior girls’ volleyball team has shown the Dryden version of the winged predator that black-and-gold fish have some fight in them.

The Muskies (5-1) continued their dominant play against the Eagles this season by sweeping the visitors 27-25, 25-21, and 25-17 in their best-of-five NorWOSSA match here Tuesday.
“We played well, although we definitely need to work on making sure our serves get in as we have been losing points every game in that area consistently,” noted Muskie co-coach Alyssa Holliday.
“We wanted to really win this one because we know against [the Kenora Broncos] that we can be confident enough to put any of girls on the court and win the two games against them next week.”
The senior Muskie girls also were part of a sweep Tuesday—only it was visiting Dryden that prevailed 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, and 25-23).
With the loss, Fort High (4-3) ensured it will have to play in the semi-final match against Kenora (0-6) at the NorWOSSA playoffs here next Thursday, with the winner going up against the first-place Eagles (7-0) for the title.
On the basketball court, meanwhile, the junior Muskie boys (6-1) spread around the offence in a 63-24 shellacking of the visiting Eagles (0-7) on Tuesday.
Chase McGuire, Matt Swing, and Liam Metke all drained 10 points to pace Fort High.
But the senior boys’ hoopsters are headed for a semi-final showdown against Kenora next Thursday after a tough 96-91 overtime loss to the Eagles here Tuesday.
Fort High needed to win the game by six points to get the tie-breaker edge should they have finished the regular season tied with Dryden, thus guaranteeing a berth in the NorWOSSA final.
That created the rare situation where, with a four-point lead and less than a minute to play, the Muskies chose to jack up shot after shot to try and reach the magical six-point mark.
But the Eagles held firm in scintillating fashion—banking in a put-back at the buzzer to tie the game 82-82 before outscoring the Muskies 14-9 in overtime.
Caleb McIntosh was fantastic in a losing cause for the black-and-gold (4-3), lighting up Dryden for a game-high 49 points before fouling out with less than three minutes left in overtime on a controversial call.
Connor Bujold pitched in with 20 points while Cole Edwards added 13.
The senior Muskies were coming off a weekend where they finished third at the annual Kenora Invitational Tournament.
Fort High pounded the Portage Collegiate Institute Trojans 76-51 in their opener, with McIntosh netting 34 points to lead the way.
“We played some strong defence and had a balanced scoring attack,” noted Muskie head coach Bryce Coyle.
“We outscored them 27-8 in the third quarter, which opened the game up.”
The Eagles then took down the Muskies 79-59 in their second game.
“We played a pretty strong first half defensively holding them to 29 points,” noted Coyle.
“[But] we had some major mental lapses in the third quarter, which allowed them to go on a run to start the third which we could never recover from,” he added.
“We had a tough time finding some secondary scoring in this one, as well.”
Fort High then rebounded to dump the host Broncos 62-41 in the bronze-medal game.
“We really wanted to focus on playing better team offence,” noted Coyle.
“We had an ugly first quarter and showed zero effort on either end of the floor, which resulted in us losing by a point after the frame,” he remarked.
“The guys managed to rebound and bring an effort that is more in line with our expectations and it showed, holding Kenora to 26 points over the next three quarters.”
All four court teams will wrap up the regular season here Tuesday against Kenora, with action starting at noon.

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