Home court will have to be a bigger advantage if the Dryden Eagles hope to stop another black-and-gold avalanche next week.
Sydney White made life miserable down low for the Eagles with a game-high 18 points as the Muskie senior girls’ basketball team clinched first place with a 38-15 rout of the Eagles in their regular-season finale here Tuesday.
White, Sarah Vandermeer, and Ellie Petsnick caused no end of trouble for an under-sized Dryden team that gave up one rebound after another to the Muskies’ trio of tall talent.
The defence also had a big hand in the win for Fort High (7-1) as the Eagles drained only six shots from the floor all game and were held to just five points in the second half.
The victory also gave the Muskies a bye to the NorWOSSA final this Tuesday in Dryden, where they’ll face the winner of the semi-final showdown between the Eagles (4-3) and winless Kenora Broncos (0-7).
In junior girls’ play, Grace Petsnick had a game-high 17 points as the Muskies (7-1) won 49-38 over the visiting Eagles (3-4).
Sarah Larson added 10 points while Adyson Wilson-Hands had eight.
The juniors also have the bye this coming Tuesday in Dryden while the Eagles and Kenora (1-6) battle it out in the semi-final.
But it was a different story for both Muskie boys’ volleyball teams here Tuesday.
Dryden (6-1) captured a 3-1 win in senior action (25-23, 25-22, 23-25, and 25-22) to clinch first place and a bye to the NorWOSSA final.
That puts the Muskies into a semi-final matchup against Kenora (0-7) on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the juniors (2-6) finished last in the regular-season standings after letting a 2-0 lead slip away in a 3-2 loss to the visiting Eagles (3-4).
Set scores were 16-25, 18-25, 25-20, 25-17, and 15-13.
Fort High will have a rematch with Dryden in Tuesday’s NorWOSSA semi-final, with first-place Kenora (6-1) awaiting the winner.
The Eagles and Broncos wind up the NorWOSSA regular season today in Dryden.