Senior hoopsters third at tourney

Staff

The Muskie senior girls’ basketball team showed some bite in their game by roaring to a third-place finish at the annual Tiger Fall Classic Tournament over the weekend in Thunder Bay.
The Muskies kicked off play Friday with a 57-40 win against the St. Patrick Saints (Thunder Bay).
Ellie Petsnick led the way offensively with a 19-point performance while Grace Petsnick and Jamie Spencer each netted 12 points.
Sarah Larson added six points, Alina Eldridge and Janissa Judson each had four, and Bella Ward had two.
Fort High followed that up with a 49-27 victory over the Sault Ste. Marie White Pines.
Ellie Petsnick again led the way with 12 points while her sister, Grace, had 11.
Larson netted 10 points while Spencer added six and Judson four.
On Saturday, the black-and-gold were dumped 57-29 by the St. Ignatius Falcons (Thunder Bay).
But the Muskies rebounded in a big way in the bronze-medal game, rolling to a 61-40 romp over the Westgate Tigers (Thunder Bay).
Grace Petsnick scored a team-high 20 points in that one while Ellie Petsnick had 19.
Spencer netted 10 points while Alina Eldridge had four and Larson three.
The Muskies went into the tourney fresh off a 59-24 romp over the Broncos in Kenora on Thursday that improved their NorWOSSA record to 4-2.
Ellie Petsnick led the black-and-gold offensively with a 16-point performance while Larson added 15 points.
Grace Petsnick chipped in with 10 points while Judson and Spencer each netted four.
Carmen Hebert and Ward both tallied three points.
The Muskie junior squad also was in action at the Tiger Fall Classic over the weekend, bowing out in the consolation final on Saturday.
Fort High opened play Friday with a 39-22 loss to the Saints.
Lauren Penney scored a team-high five points while Keisha Debungie added four.
But the black-and-gold rebounded with a narrow 27-24 win over the Rainy River Owls.
Debungie led the way in scoring six points while Cassie Krawchuk and Tatum Glowasky each netted four.
Kathryn Fischer added three points.
On Saturday, the Muskies rolled to a 41-16 rout of the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora).
Joanna Empey led the way offensively with a 10-point performance.
Aurora Hutton and Debungie each netted six points while Fischer tallied four.
But Muskies saw their tourney come to an end in the consolation final with a 34-28 loss to the Broncos.
Empey and Glowasky each scored a team-high seven points in that one while Debungie and Justine Linklater added five apiece.
The Muskies went into the tournament after dumping those same Broncos 53-26 in Kenora on Thursday to improve their record to a NorWOSSA-best 5-1.
Debungie led the way with a 25-point performance while Becca Jourdain and Linklater each added six points and Ayiana Gagne netted five.
In boys’ volleyball action, the junior squad was at a tournament Friday and Saturday hosted by the Dryden Eagles.
The Muskies compiled a 2-1-2 record in the Gold Division before bowing out in the quarter-finals.
Fort High opened play Friday with a straight-sets win (25-21/25-21) over the Broncos before splitting with La Verendrye (25-18/17-25).
The Muskies then fell in straight sets to the host Eagles (23-25/12-25).
But they rebounded later in the day with a straight-sets win (27-26/25-21) over the Sioux Lookout Warriors.
On Saturday morning, the black-and-gold split with the Hammarskjold Vikings (25-20/16-25) to finish second in the Gold Division.
But in the quarter-finals that afternoon, the Muskies saw their tournament come to an end with a 2-1 loss (26-24, 18-25, and 10-15) to the Pelican Falls Wolverines.
The Muskies went into the tourney fresh off their second loss of the NorWOSSA season (4-2) with a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Broncos in Kenora (25-18, 14-25, 17-25, and 22-25).
The senior spikers also were unsuccessful, losing in four sets (25-22, 19-25, 16-25, and 12-25) to the host Broncos to see their league record fall to 2-4.
All four court sports teams next will be in NorWOSSA action this Thursday when they battle the Eagles in Dryden.
Then they’ll end the regular season at home next Tuesday (Oct. 30) when they host the Broncos.

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