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Shelby sophomore Trenton Emerson (5) battles for a loose ball Friday against Huntley Project as Aidan Torgerson (11) and Taylor Parsons (3) follow the play.

The Shelby Coyotes finished their season at the state tournament in Billings, bowing out early with a 1-2 record. 

“I want to thank our seniors, Logan Leck and Kyle Peltier for a great season and careers as Shelby Coyotes,” said head coach Tom Reynolds. “I also want to thank my coaching staff, Mike White, Brennan Hayes, and Ryan McDermott, as they put in countless hours prepping for and working with our student athletes.”

The Coyotes opened the tournament on Wednesday, March 10, a little flat against Thompson Falls, losing 70-34. Shelby played a good first quarter, trailing 15-13 after one, but then collapsed in the second quarter and was never able to gain any momentum to get back in the game.

Leck led the Coyotes in scoring with 15, Rhett Reynolds added nine, Peltier had six, and Randon Richman had four.

The Coyotes learned from their slow start, and played much better basketball against the Powelll County Wardens on Thursday, March 11. They jumped out to a 22-13 lead at the end of the quarter and held a 29-27 lead at the half. Shelby then outscored Powell County 24-15 in the second half to claim the victory, 53-42. 

The Coyotes were led in scoring by Leck with 22, Reynolds had 14, Trenton Emerson added 11, Taylor Parsons five and Richman, one. Emerson and Reynolds collected six rebounds each and Richman and Emerson had five assists apiece.

The Coyotes played Huntley Project for a chance to play in the consolation final on Friday. Shelby played a tough first half but trailed 28-21 at half-time. Shelby narrowed the lead to as little as two, before needing to foul, and Huntley converted their free throws to claim the win after an exciting finish, 57-52. 

Leck again led the Coyotes in scoring with 28, Reynolds chipped in 16, Parsons and Aiden Torgerson had three each, and Emerson had two.

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