If the Muskie junior girls' basketball team can play defence like they did at their home tournament over the weekend, they'll be in good shape moving forward.
The black-and-gold went 4-0 en route to claiming the title at their annual tourney held Friday and Saturday at Fort High.
Muskie co-coach Gord McCabe was thrilled with how his squad took care of the defensive side of the floor each game.
“I was very pleased with the way we played,” he enthused.
“The key to our success was the girls' work ethic," McCabe added. ”We played suffocating defence, and defence is nothing but hard work.
“To hold every team we played to 15 points or less is something I did not expect but was thrilled to see.”
The Muskies resumed NorWOSSA action yesterday when they hosted the Dryden Eagles (the outcome wasn't known as of press time).
Then they'll battle the Broncos in Kenora tomorrow before playing at the annual Tiger Fall Classic tournament in Thunder Bay this weekend.
“[We'll be] continuing to develop our ball movement on offence,” McCabe said about what his squad would be working on in practises.
“We have to continue to play the type of defence we did this weekend and we also have to rebound well,” he stressed.
McCabe noted Joanna Empey is arguably the team's best rebounder and certainly the Muskies' most physical post player.
But she sprained her ankle on the weekend.
“We are not sure when she will be back," McCabe said. "But our other post players will have to step it up and be a bit more physical.”
As for their home tourney, the Muskies opened play Friday with a 59-15 drubbing of the Atikokan Voyageurs.
Tatum Glowasky scored a team-high 13 points while Keisha Debungie netted 12.
Aurora Hutton added eight points, with Lauren Penney chipping in six and Empey four.
Then they dumped the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints (Kenora) 49-13 later that day.
Glowasky again led the way offensively with a 22-point performance in that one.
Debungie netted 10 points while Cassie Krawchuk added six and Hutton had three.
Anna Gagne, Emma Yerxa, and Empey each netted two points.
On Saturday, the black-and-gold roared to a 33-7 romp over the Broncos in another impressive defensive performance.
Kathryn Fischer, Justine Linklater, and Glowasky paced the Muskies' offence with six points each.
Debungie chipped in with four points while Becca Jourdain and Empey each added three.
Fort High then capped the tournament with a 47-12 defeat of Dryden.
The Muskies started the game on an 8-0 run, led 23-6 at halftime, and then outscored the Eagles 24-6 in the second half to secure the victory.
Debungie notched a team-high 15 points while Glowasky added 10.
Hutton chipped in with six points while Jourdain recorded four.
“I thought Keisha Debungie had a great weekend offensively," McCabe said. ”She is an excellent shooter and really knows when to shoot.
“I thought Aurora Hutton did a great job in starting our fast break and Tatum Glowasky did a great job finishing it,” he added.
“Defensively, everyone did a great job—but Joyce Wu, Cassie Krawchuk, Ayiana Gagne, and Emma Yerxa really caught my eye with their effort,” McCabe lauded.