Both the Muskie junior and senior girls’ basketball squads dominated the first halves of their respective home-openers last Thursday against the Kenora Broncos and then coasted to lopsided 18-point victories.
The juniors improved to 2-0 in NorWOSSA play with a 35-17 win while the seniors evened their record at 1-1 after a 37-19 victory.
“The girls got sloppy a bit in the second half, and we talked about that after the game,” junior girls’ co-coach Dan Bird noted.
“I know the girls are excited about winning and get into that ‘I want to score mode,’ but we just have to stay focused and play good, sound defence and I know the offence will come naturally,” he added.
Chelsea Hill led the way offensively with nine points while Erika Moffitt added six.
“Overall, I’m happy with the way they played, especially with zone coverage,” said Bird. “We practise a man-to-man [defence], and that’s one thing we need to improve on, but I’m happy with our second-year players and how they are bringing our first-year players along.”
The senior squad, meanwhile, jumped out to a commanding 18-6 lead at halftime against Kenora. And they continued to pour it on in a more wide-open second half, netting an additional 19 points of their own to Kenora’s 13.
Taylor Meyers had a monster effort for the host Muskies, scoring a game-high 19 points, while teammates Kayla Windigo and Jolene Stahn added five apiece.
Marley Canfield led the Broncos with six points.
Both Muskie basketball squads resume NorWOSSA action tomorrow in Kenora, with the seniors then taking part in a weekend tournament there while the juniors are off to Thunder Bay for one.