Defence key to junior girls’ win

Like a 65-year-old man who has smoked since he was 13, the Muskie junior girls’ basketball team coughed up the ball an excruciatingly number of times yesterday afternoon against the visiting Kenora Broncos.
The Broncos implemented a full court press after the Muskies went on an 8-0 scoring run in the third quarter to lead 22-15. And the black-and-gold had trouble handling the pressure—as evident by the dozen turnovers it manufactured.
The Broncos capitalized on a few of the turnovers to close to within 22-20 by the start of the fourth quarter, but the Muskies held firm with their stifling defence and hung on for a 24-20 win.
“Hopefully this game brings them one more step to being more composed, and I’m glad they had the game they did because it gives us something to work on for next week,” said head coach Dan Bird.
Jennifer Hawley and Alyssa Vanderaa led the Muskies (1-1) with six points each, with Laura Richardson chipping in four. But it was the play of the defence that won the game.
“They [the Broncos] were intimidated by our taller players with their stand-up defence,” said Bird.
Meanwhile, the Muskie senior girls’ basketball team will have to wait until Oct. 11 to play the Broncos, who had phoned earlier yesterday to say they couldn’t make it here because they wanted to take part in a tournament in Thunder Bay.
In volleyball action here yesterday, the Muskie senior boys’ team took the Broncos to the fifth-and-deciding set before falling to 0-2 in NorWOSSA play.
The Muskies dropped the first set 25-9, but rallied back with wins in the second and third ones (25-19 and 26-24).
With their backs to the wall, the visitors took the fourth set (25-19) and then won the deciding one 15-12.
There were eight ties in the fifth set, which showed how close the teams actually were. Muskie head coach John Gibson was pleased—most of the time—with the effort his team displayed.
“Sure, we could’ve played better in the fourth and fifth games, but we did play well at times,” he remarked. “But at other times, we got caught and we couldn’t run the offence and it showed.
“But when we got the offence back on track . . . it was nice.”
The Muskie junior team also remained winless on the season after being swept by the visiting Broncos yesterday by scores of 25-21, 25-19, and 25-18.
The squad will be looking to put forth a better showing at a tournament in Kenora this weekend.
“We lacked intensity,” said co-head coach Greg Ste. Croix. “From the first serve, there was very little intensity.”
The four Muskie court teams are slated to resume NorWOSSA action next Thursday when the Dryden Eagles swoop into town.

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