Both Muskie girls’ basketball teams beat the Atikokan Voyageurs here last Thursday afternoon.
The senior team had to battle a stubborn Atikokan squad in the early going before pulling away with a 44-22 victory.
“The senior team had a slow, tough start but they caught on,” noted Mike Busch, who was coaching the senior squad because Paul Noonan was away on business.
“The girls didn’t expect such a tight game--they were a bit surprised about [it],” he added. “They just came off some easy wins [the previous] weekend but they quickly found out that Atikokan was here to play.”
Siobhan Devlin led the way with 14 points, followed closely by Sarah Noonan (12). Kelly Crawford (eight), Nicole Jewel and Heather Mihichuk (four each), and Chrissy Thomson (two) rounded out the Muskie scoring.
Meanwhile, the junior team played a good game despite having some star players warming the bench due to injuries, and came away with a narrow 26-23 win.
“We couldn’t get the offence started all,” said Busch. “We played well and we had lots of chances to score. We just couldn’t put the ball in the basket.”
Busch noted Allison Hyatt and Jessica Wilson, as well as some of the rookies, stepped up during the game. He also said they had a real intense defence and that the zone press worked well.
“We had lots of turnovers but we had a hard time getting points. We won the game on defence, not on offence,” he stressed.
Carly McCormick led the black-and-gold with five points while Malorie Woolsey, Megan Hebert, Hyatt, and Wilson each netted four.
Stephanie Mattson and Erin Devlin chipped in two points apiece, with Miranda Miller picking up the team’s other point.