Senior hoopsters look to build off tourney success

Jamie Mountain

The black-and-gold were the ones holding gold when all was said and done.
The Muskie senior girls’ basketball team went 2-0 en route to claiming the title at its annual home tournament held Friday and Saturday at Fort High.
“We only played two games and beat two teams handily that we should beat handily,” head coach Gord McCabe said of his squad’s success on the weekend.
“I thought we played very well against Atikokan but I thought we were a bit sluggish against Beaver Brae,” he conceded.
“I think the girls may have been looking ahead a bit to the game with Dryden but, of course, that didn’t happen.”
A third game was scheduled for Saturday afternoon against Dryden but it ended up being cancelled, clinching the Muskies’ tourney win.
The black-and-gold resumed NorWOSSA play yesterday when they hosted those same Eagles (the outcome was not known as of press time).
Then they’ll battle the Broncos in Kenora tomorrow before competing in the annual Tiger Fall Classic tournament in Thunder Bay this weekend.
“We will continue to work on various ways of moving the ball against pressure so we can respond to various types of full- or half-court presses,” McCabe said about what his squad will be working on ahead of the second-half of league play.
“Not many teams will match our size so I think we can expect to see a lot of pressure defence in the future,” he predicted.
“We will learn a lot this weekend in Thunder Bay as we are looking forward to some really competitive games in the Westgate tournament, which is always a highlight of the season.”
As for their home tournament, the Muskies opened play Friday with an impressive 78-24 trouncing of the Atikokan Voyageurs.
Ellie Petsnick led the way offensively with a 20-point performance while Jamie Spencer netted 14.
Janissa Judson and Sarah Larson each scored 10 points while Grace Petsnick chipped in with eight and Rachel Anderson had six.
The Muskies then capped their weekend by dumping the Broncos 48-28 on Saturday morning.
Grace Petsnick netted a team-high 14 points in that one while Ellie Petsnick and Jamie Spencer each chipped in with 10.
Alina Eldridge and Judson added four points apiece.
“Our inside presence, and our ball movement, have been our keys to success all year and that was the case this weekend,” McCabe enthused.
“It was really good to have Janissa Judson back,” he added. “She is so quick and plays really intense defence.
“I also thought Rachel Anderson and Bella Ward had good weekends,” McCabe lauded.
“They seemed much more comfortable and are adjusting to the pace at the senior level.”