Muskies sweep season finales
All four Muskie court sports teams are heading to the NorWOSSA playoffs next Thursday in Kenora on a winning note after sweeping the Broncos in their regular-season finales yesterday at Fort High.
Having already clinched first place in the standings, and a bye to the league final next week, the junior girls’ basketball team finished with a 7-1 record after dispatching Kenora 36-23.
“We started off slow in the first quarter, but we started to set things up more in the second quarter and that continued for the rest of the game,” she noted.
Cassandra Moffitt led the way on offence with nine points.
The senior girls, meanwhile, rallied to notch their second win of the campaign, scoring 17 points in the fourth quarter to earn a 28-20 victory over the Broncos.
“This definitely helps a lot confidence-wise heading into our [semi-final] game with Kenora next week,” said coach Dan Bird.
“In the second half, both teams were aggressive on both sides of the ball, which was good to see,” he added.
“And it was also good for us to claw back and take the lead deep into the fourth quarter.”
Kiera Lindgren was the top Muskie scorer with six points.
Over in the small gym, the Muskie junior boys’ volleyball team earned its second win of the week, downing Kenora is four sets (25-20, 20-25, 25-16, and 25-23) to give them a 5-3 record for the regular season.
“I was a bit close at the end, but that’s fine as it was good to see the guys handle it,” reasoned coach John Gibson.
“But during a lot of the match, it was a boring and flat performance, and we weren’t as excited or into it as we were in Dryden on Tuesday,” he admitted.
Rounding out the winners yesterday were the senior boys’ spikers, who swept the Broncos in straight sets (25-22, 25-16, and 25-19) to finish the regular season at 4-4.
“I’m very happy about the [match] today,” enthused coach Allison Hyatt.
“In our tournament in Winnipeg last weekend, we had moments where we weren’t very positive and we weren’t very mentally strong,” she noted.
“But today, we were able to do those things and we also ran a few different plays, which was good to see.”
All four teams now will prepare for the NorWOSSA playoffs next Thursday.
Both volleyball squads and the senior girls’ basketball team will go up against the Broncos in the semi-finals that morning, in hopes of advancing to meet Dryden in their respective finals.
The junior girls will have to wait until later in the day to take on either the Broncos or the Eagles in the final.