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Double delight for Muskie hoopsters

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Double delight for Muskie hoopsters By Joey Payeur Staff writer

A two-week break from NorWOSSA action didn’t take the spring out of the step of either of the Muskies girls’ basketball teams.

Both squads picked right up where they had left off before the break, with each posting their second-consecutive league wins during a sweep of the host Kenora Broncos yesterday afternoon.

The senior Muskies (5-2) dumped the Broncos 31-19, with Tricia Smith leading all scorers with 11 points.

Melanie Hyatt, who had hurt her hand during the Muskies’ invitational tournament here last weekend, shook off the injury to record a season-high eight points.

Danielle McGee and Carley McCormick chipped in with seven points each as the Muskies improved their regular-season record against the Broncos to 3-1.

Meanwhile, Ashley Whalen netted 10 points and Rebecca Cornell added seven to carry the junior Muskies (2-5) to a 28-16 victory over the Broncos, which evened their season series at 2-2.

But life was not as rosy for the Muskie boys’ volleyball squads yesterday in Kenora.

The juniors lost their second-straight NorWOSSA match, falling 3-1 in their best-of-five showdown to the host Broncos to see their regular-season record drop to 3-4.

After Kenora took the first set 25-18, the Muskies rebounded with a 25-20 win. But it was all Broncos after that, sealing the victory by scores of 28-26 and 26-24.

Despite the close scores, Muskie coach Greg Ste. Croix pulled no punches in evaluating what he saw as a sub-par effort by his players.

“At times, our play was pathetic,” he said. “Our serving was atrocious. That’s just a lack of concentration, a lack of focus.

“You can work on things in practice all you want but come game time, it has to be there,” he stressed.

The outcome of the seniors’ match between the Muskies (1-5) and the Broncos was unavailable at press time last night.

All four court teams will wrap up the regular season next Tuesday (Nov. 5) against the Eagles in Dryden, with the NorWOSSA playoffs slated Nov. 8, also in Dryden.

The two senior champs will advance to the NWOSSAA finals later in the month.

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