Shelby’s Cameron Blevins hits a runner for the Lady Coyotes last Tuesday night against Belt in non-conference hoop action at the SHS gym.

 The Shelby girls basketball team dropped a pair of games last week, losing to Belt, 41-33, at home and to Fairfield, 44-29, on the road.

The Lady Coyotes hosted the Huskies on Jan. 26 and started in a hole, trailing 14-2 at the end of the first quarter and 24-8 at the half. Shelby found the offense in the third quarter, and scored 18 points, but it was not enough as Belt held on for the eight-point win.

Scoring for Shelby were Jori Clary and Vivi McDermott with 10 each. Cameron Blevins added six, Maddison Underdal had four, and Shelbee Correa contributed three.

Friday the Coyotes traveled to Fairfield and got off to a better start. The Lady Coyotes were down 10-9 at the end of the first quarter. The second quarter the Coyotes struggled offensively and were outscored 16-2. Shelby played the Lady Eagles even in the second half but could not overcome their second quarter scoring drought.

Clary led the team with nine, followed by Underdal with seven, Correa and McDermott with four, Delaney Clark with three, and Blevins with two.

“The girls continue to improve,” said head coach Mac McDermott. Shelby played Conrad last night (Tuesday), and will meet Choteau on Friday and Great Falls Central on Saturday.

“I wouldn’t count this team out, they have a strong spirit. We will get there,” added McDermott.

Friday’s game is in Choteau with games starting at 4:30 p.m., and Saturdays action begins at 2:30 p.m. in Shelby.

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