Muskie hoopsters on a roll

Head coach Dan Bird is hoping his junior girls’ basketball team has played their worst game of the season.
The Muskies’ bench boss was less than impressed with the black-and-gold’s performance against the Dryden Eagles here last Thursday despite coming out on the winning end of the 34-23 score.
“I think they know they can play better and hopefully that was our worst game of the season,” Bird said following the game, which saw Fort High improve to 3-0 on the season.
Neither the Muskies nor the Eagles were very effective at guarding their own basket in the opening quarter. Both teams got some easy scores, with the hosts leading 11-8 at the buzzer.
Both teams made the appropriate adjustments in the second quarter and as the buzzer sounded for halftime, the Muskies held a slim 16-14 advantage.
The black-and-gold increased their lead to five points in the third frame courtesy of a staunch defensive effort, which held the Eagles to a total of four points in the quarter.
The Muskies then used the momentum gained from their effort in the defensive end to pull away in the fourth quarter as they outscored their opponents 11-6 en route to the victory.
“That’s the point I’m trying to get across to the younger players,” Bird said following the game. “If we play good ‘D,’ we’re going to get our points.”
Jamie Holliday and Taylor Meyers led the Muskies offensively with eight and six points, respectively, from the post position. Lauren Gurski added seven points from the wing.
Senior girls
Meanwhile, the Muskies senior girls executed their offence with an efficiency not seen thus far this season en route to a convincing 31-20 win over the Eagles here last Thursday.
Coach Ian Simpson was pleased
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with the patience his team displayed executing in the offensive end.
“We did play much better today,” he remarked. “We were a little more patient. We passed the ball around a bit.
“We’re still rushing some shots and taking some shots we shouldn’t take, but we’ll learn,” he added.
Both the Muskies and Eagles got off to a slow start at the offensive end as the two teams managed just four baskets in total for a 4-4 tie.
The offence started to pick up a bit in the second quarter as both teams found their shooting touch. As the buzzer sounded at half-
time, the Muskies held a 12-10 lead.
Following a quiet third quarter, the Muskies exploded in the fourth, outscoring the Eagles 13-6 to cruise to their first victory of the season.
The fourth quarter score might have been even more lopsided had the Eagles not scored several quick baskets late in the game off turnovers.
Dryden stole the ball several times in the dying minutes by employing a full-court press.
Alyssa Holliday led the Muskies with a game-high 12 points.
Simpson said the win also marked a big step forward in terms of the team’s development.
“We made major steps offensively,” he remarked. “It’s just the little things we have to work on now.”