Junior girls enter tourney on winning note

The Muskie junior girls’ basketball team enter their annual invitational tournament tonight and tomorrow with a 4-1 NorWOSSA record after beating the Kenora Broncos 34-24 there yesterday.
Sarah Barton led the way with 10 points, followed by Carley McCormick (eight). Rebecca Cornell and Laura Busch also chipped in with six points apiece in a game the Muskies led most of the way, head coach Mike Busch said.
He admitted the team showed a rust in the first quarter after a two-week layoff.
“Everyone got to play and hold onto the lead,” noted Busch, whose team was not their high-scoring selves in their last outing. “There was a bit of [rust]. But we’ve got a pile of games coming up.”
The juniors now will host their eight-team tournament, which gets underway today at 6:30 p.m. when they take on the Hammarskjold Vikings (Thunder Bay).
Play continues all day tomorrow at Fort High.
“This will be a really good test,” said Busch, who guided the Muskies to the tourney championship last year. “We’ll have to be right on top of everything.”
Dryden, Beaver Brae, St. Thomas Aquinas (Kenora), and three other teams from Thunder Bay (Hillcrest, St. Ignatius, and Fort William Collegiate Institute) also will compete here.
In senior girls’ basketball action yesterday in Kenora, the Muskies easily handled the Broncos 52-21 to improve to 3-2 in NorWOSSA play.
Meanwhile, the boys’ volleyball teams split their matches.
The senior boys fell to 1-4 on the season after losing their best-of-five match 3-1 to the host Broncos. The boys had won the first set, and grabbed an early lead in the second, before dropping the next three (individual scores were not available).
Since going winless in their first three games, the Muskie junior spikers have won two-straight after beating the Broncos 3-1 yesterday afternoon.
“It was a scramble throughout,” said head coach Greg Ste. Croix. “But the team showed a lot.”
The Muskies resume NorWOSSA play Oct. 23 when they travel to Dryden before hosting the Broncos on Oct. 26. They’ll wrap up the regular season Nov. 1 with make-up matches versus Dryden here.