Juniors capture tourney

Joey Payeur

After dominating NorWOSSA play so far this season, the Muskie junior girls’ basketball team decided to see what Thunder Bay had to offer.
As it turned out, it wasn’t a whole lot different than what they’ve encountered so far.
The Muskies captured the Westgate Miss Basketball tournament by going 3-0, including a 41-26 pounding of the host Westgate Tigers in the title game Saturday.
Lindsay Dixon, named the tournament MVP, did her part in the final with eight points—trailing only Ashley Croswell and Amber Williams, who tied for the team scoring lead with 10 apiece.
Claire Hyatt also earned accolades for her efforts as the Muskie guard was named to the tournament all-star team.
“We are so proud!” enthused co-coach Marla Knutsen.
“They showed so much growth over the weekend,” she added.
The Muskie won their opening game 23-8 over the St. Ignatius Falcons (Thunder Bay) before earning a 30-20 decision in their second outing (the opponent was not identified as of press time).
It almost was a Muskie double in Thunder Bay, meanwhile, as the senior girls also made it to the final of the Churchill Bulldogs home tournament before losing to St. Ignatius 34-32 to finish with the silver medal.
“We had a chance to win it at the end with a three-pointer but the ball hit the board and bounced off,” noted co-coach Dan Bird.
“I’m pretty happy with the results of the weekend,” he added.
“To go and play these new teams in a tournament is a good refresher for our team.”
Cassandra Moffitt was named Fort High’s MVP for the tournament.
The Muskies won their opener 26-23 over the Westgate Tigers, avenging a 23-point loss in a pre-season tournament.
Then they beat the St. Patrick Saints (Thunder Bay) 34-24 to advance to the final.
Leading scorers for the Muskies in all three games were not available by press time.
The Muskie senior boys’ volleyball team initially was slated to attend a tournament in Dryden over the weekend.
But they were unable to participate due to a lack of available adult supervisors with regular coach Jason Jones unable to make the trip.
All four Muskie court teams resume NorWOSSA action tomorrow in Kenora against the Broncos.
The black-and-gold then will close out the regular season Oct. 31, when they’ll host the Dryden Eagles starting at noon.