Every coach aims to have their team playing its best entering the post-season.
Consider Angela Petsnick's squad in that spot right now.
The Muskie junior boys' basketball team posted wins in two of their last three NorWOSSA outings—including a 51-46 triumph over the host Kenora Broncos on Monday—to finish the regular season with a 2-6 record.
Those two teams will meet again here this Friday at 10 a.m. in the NorWOSSA semi-final, with the winner advancing to face the Dryden Eagles (6-2) in the final at 2 p.m.
“We shut down their big guys driving in and came out quick on the three-point shooters,” noted Petsnick.
Mike Vanderaa paced the Muskies with 13 points, including three three-pointers.
“He was on fire,” raved Petsnick, who also got solid contributions from Garrett Hyatt with 10 points and Caleb Allan with nine in a game that was tied 23-23 at halftime.
Sean Huziak and Wyatt Richards each netted seven points, with Huziak hurting the Broncos with his jump shot and Richards cleaning up the offensive boards and making put-backs.
Kolbi White-Loon had 15 points to lead the Broncos, but was held in check with just four field goals in the fourth quarter.
“We need to work on watching the baseline in the playoffs,” warned Petsnick.
In senior boys' action, the Muskies (5-3) served notice that their semi-final meeting here this Friday at 11:30 a.m. against the Broncos (1-7) is not aiming to be a pleasant experience for the visitors.
Aaron Bujold, with a team-leading 17 points, was one of four Muskies in double figures as Fort High routed Kenora 83-38 on Monday.
Cole Kowalski, fighting a case of strep throat, made the Broncos ill with 16 points of his own.
Joey Angus had 15 and Liam Metke added 10.
The Muskies will be trying to get back to the NorWOSSA final, which goes Friday at 7:15 p.m., to defend its championship of a year ago against the same team it beat in last year's final in the Eagles.
Dryden went 6-2 during the regular season to earn a bye to the final.