The Muskie junior girls’ basketball team strutted their stuff during their first tournament of the season last weekend, coming home from Thunder Bay with a 2-1 record.
“The girls stepped up,” noted head coach Mike Busch. “In all the games, they played well.”
Actually, their first game against St. Ignatius ‘B’ was a blowout, with the black-and-gold romping to a 64-15 drubbing.
“I only played my starters for the first five minutes of the game and then took them out,” noted Busch.
Starter Trish Smith was dominating—scoring 10 points in the five minutes she played.
Sarah Barton and Jessica Wilson helped out with eight points each while Megan Hebert, Sally Drazenovich, and Erin Devlin chipped in six points apiece.
Darcy Smith, Allison Hyatt, and Malorey Woolsey had four points each, with Jen Korzinski, Christina Romaniuk, Hilary Morgan, and Stephanie Mattson all netting a basket.
The Muskies second game against St. Thomas Aquinas (Kenora) was a much closer affair but the juniors came away with a 40-33 victory.
Trish Smith once again led the team with 15 points, followed by Hyatt who netted nine. Angela Boileau got into the action with scored six points, with Romaniuk (five), Devlin (four), and Darcy Smith (one) rounding out the scoring attack.
“Although she had one point, [Smith] played a strong game on defence and rebounding,” noted Busch.
Unfortunately, the black-and-gold couldn’t make it three-straight, losing 45-24 to St. Ignatius ‘A’ in their final game of the tournament.
Busch said the girls realized for the first time this season they didn’t like the taste of losing.
“There were some growing pains in the final game,” he recalled. “Nobody on the team liked how the loss felt.
“They want a rematch with them,” he added.
Busch said his girls played even with them in the second quarter but they just couldn’t narrow the gap. “We couldn’t close it off—that was our first loss this season,” he remarked.
Trish Smith once again led the way, this time with eight points, while Hyatt and Hebert added four apiece. Boileau and Wilson both netted three points, with Drazenovich getting the Muskies’ other basket.
“It was a good strong match. We matched them toe-to-toe—nobody gave a bit,” stressed Busch. “It was more like a rugby game than a basketball game.”
Busch said he dressed 15 players for each game.
“Everybody played two games each with the exception of Carly McCormick, who left the game early due to a knee injury, and Trish Smith and Allison Hyatt, who each played three games.”
The junior Muskies next will meet Ignace, Sioux Lookout, and Beaver Brae (Kenora) in a tournament here this weekend.
“These are three teams we haven’t seen before but we will be right in the thick of it,” Busch said.