Muskie hoopsters look forward to playoffs

Both the Muskie senior and junior girls’ basketball teams had one last shot to beat the Eagles on home court before heading into the NorWOSSA playoffs, which go tomorrow in Dryden.
Unfortunately for the black-and-gold, it was not to be.
Having beaten the Eagles 31-30 here last Thursday, the senior squad was looking to end the regular season on a high note. But though the game went right down to the fourth quarter, Dryden prevailed 30-27.
Despite the loss, the seniors finished the regular season in second place, meaning they’ll have to beat the third-place team in the semi-final tomorrow in order to get a shot at NorWOSSA gold—and a berth in the NWOSSAA final.
“We’ve been close with every single team we have played this season,” said head coach Ian Simpson. “We’ll show up [tomorrow] with our ‘A’ game on and play well.”
After last Thursday’s humbling 38-9 rout to the Eagles here, the Muskie junior girls’ basketball team fared much better through three quarters of the rematch here yesterday.
But it was all Dryden in the fourth as they cruised to a 34-17 victory, leaving the Muskies in third place.
Yet while that means having to win the semi-final match tomorrow to have a chance at league gold, Muskie head coach doesn’t seem at all concerned.
“Anything could happen [in Dryden] and I want to make sure every girl has the chance to play,” he said. “We weren’t even concentrating on the score tonight.”