Musland having fun, has big goals for Loboes
Molly Musland is one of four seniors on the LaMoure/Litchville-Marion girls basketball team this season.
While Molly Musland might not be gunning for any records this season, she is still pretty confident in her ability up and down the basketball court.
So confident, she's not even questioning who would win a game of H-O-R-S-E between herself and her cousin and current North Dakota State University basketball team member Boden Skunberg.
"If Boden and I were to match up to play one v one he might have me," said Musland, a senior for the LaMoure/LM girls basketball team. "But if we were to play a game of H-O-R-S-E I would beat him, don’t even worry about it."
As of Jan. 14, Musland, one of four seniors on LLM's 2021-22 squad, has helped the Loboes to an 8-1 overall, 2-0 Region 3 and 1-0 District 5 record.
Musland posted some impressive individual stats her junior season. After hitting 1,000 career points in the Loboes' Region 3 tournament basketball qualifier, the now-senior broke the program's scoring record in a single game.
The Loboes had their season cut short, dropping a heartbreaker to Kidder County at the 2021 Region 3 tournament last February.
"Molly has strived to become a better ball player and good teammate each year she has been with the varsity program," LLM head coach Mitch Carlson said.
As if practices and game schedule weren't enough, Carlson said Musland regularly ends up in the gym after practices, honing in on her own personal skills.
"I like to go into our gym and use the shooting machine and then beat my brother 1v1 afterward," Musland said.
In addition to her skill work, Musland said she has loved her off-season training regimen. The senior has been a frequent flyer at LaMoure's Press On Performance and praised LLM alum Tyler Thielges' training program.
"He helps us become faster, stronger, and more athletic overall," Musland said. "Other than training in the lab, I have done AAU basketball every summer since sixth grade which helps take your game to the next level and is fun."
Musland said Class B basketball fans and the Loboes opponents can expect big things from LLM this year. LLM did not graduate any seniors the past two seasons and has returned everyone from the team's 2020-21 roster.
The majority of the Loboes also played volleyball together last fall.
"With no seniors on the team last year we were looked upon to lead our team last year too," Musland said. "This was to our benefit because we learned what works and doesn’t which is why we have better chemistry this year.
"We put in the work over the summer and know what we are capable of. We all love basketball and want another chance to compete at another state tournament."
The Loboes last appeared at the Class B state tournament in 2020 but getting back to Betty Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks won't be easy.
"We have a tough district and region with great competition," Musland said. "This is the part of the season where we fine-tune things so when the end of February comes around we are ready to put three, six, or nine good games in a row."
Carlson said the Loboes are in good hands as Musland has truly grown into a "complete ball player" who can not only score but also defend with the best in Class B.
Musland said she actually has no personal goals for herself in her final season, but rather, she is hoping her team peaks at just the right time to make a run in the tournament. Enjoying the last few months as a Loboe is huge for the senior before her attention turns to the possibility of collegiate basketball.
"I love basketball and would love the chance to play another four years," Musland said. "I do not know where I am going to attend yet. I do however have it narrowed down to two.
"Class B athletics have meant a ton to me — it is what I grew up with. I have been to both Class A, and Class B state tournaments and while both are good environments, I believe that the atmosphere at any Class B State tournament is incomparable. I am proud to be from a Class B school."