The Muskie senior girls’ basketball team overcame a fourth-quarter deficit to beat the host Dryden Eagles 41-36 in NorWOSSA action yesterday afternoon.
Trailing 26-24 to start the final stanza, the Muskies went on a 14-3 run to stun the home side and pick up their second-straight win of the young season.
Rookie guard Laureen Cousineau led the Muskies with 16 points while Hannah Carter added 10.
“Laureen had some nice drives where she made some good moves on her defender and then had the easy hoop,” head coach Gord McCabe said via telephone from Dryden.
McCabe said the key to victory was their defensive play, particularly in the second half, when the black-and-gold forced several Dryden turnovers.
The senior hoopsters opened the season here last Thursday with a wild 56-51 comeback victory against the Kenora Broncos.
Trailing 39-27 heading into the fourth quarter of that game, the Muskies outscored Kenora 29-12 to pull out the dramatic victory.
Carter led the way with 16 points while Missy Hughes netted 13 and Cousineau added 12.
In junior girls’ action yesterday, the Muskies lost 38-33 to the host Eagles to fall to 0-2 on the season. Kelly Crawford led the black-and-gold with 12 points.
Last Thursday, the juniors were dumped 52-31 by the visiting Broncos to open the regular season. Siobhan Devlin and Sarah Noonan each had 11 points in a losing cause.
But the Muskies rebounded over the weekend, winning the silver medal at a tournament in Kenora. They defeated Ignace 35-25 and then nipped Dryden 39-37 before being bounced 69-23 to their hosts to finish with a 2-1 record.
The Broncos captured the gold medal with a perfect 3-0 mark.
Crawford was named to the tournament all-star team.