The Muskie junior girls’ basketball team made it two-straight over the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints, winning 31-26 up there last Thursday to go along with a victory here earlier this month.
“It was a tough game to win. Everybody played great,” enthused coach Mike Busch. “I took five rookies and six veterans and everyone stepped up and came through big for us.”
Individual scorers were not available.
The game was cut short with less than two minutes to go in the final quarter when a Saints’ player suffered a dislocated knee.
“With a minute-and-a-half to go in the game, it was called and our girls were real classy about it,” noted Busch.
“They didn’t cheer or pat each other’s backs—they went to the other team’s bench and tried to help out.”
Busch also said it was a real learning experience for his players. “They learned there is more to sports than just winning,” he remarked.
“It really was an exciting match even though the game was cut short because [of the injury],” echoed St. Thomas Aquinas vice-principal Bob Valentini.
“Athletics is all about the social aspect. It is not all about the win, win aspect,” he stressed.
Despite improving to 2-0 on their makeshift season, Busch said he still will be concentrating on the fundamentals during practice.
“I will constantly be working on the basics with them, doing the simple things. It helps us win,” he reasoned.
But he added the girls are doing what he is asking them to do, and stressed that is half the battle.
Both Muskie girls’ basketball teams are scheduled to be in action here tomorrow against the Saints. Then a junior girls’ tournament is slated Oct. 13-14 in Thunder Bay.