Shelby freshman Trenton Emerson launches a shot over Fairfield’s Kaelob Flores Saturday night in Malta.

The Shelby Coyotes placed second at the Northern Divisional Tournament, qualifying for the State Class “B” Tournament in Butte on March 12-14. Shelby defeated Malta 60-46, and Wolf Point 63-48, but lost to Fairfield for the fourth time this season, 54-34.

“I was really pleased with our Divisional Tournament. We played two great nights of basketball; we are really looking forward to State and playing three great nights of basketball,” said head coach Tom Reynolds.

All three teams advancing from the Northern Division hailed from District 1-B: Shelby, Fairfield and Rocky Boy.

The Coyotes opened the tournament against the host team Malta Mustangs. The game was tied at 10 at the end of the first quarter. Shelby found their rhythm in the second quarter, outscoring Malta 25-13. Shelby held the advantage through the rest of the contest, taking the victory 60-46. 

Scoring for the Coyotes were Tanner Watson 16, Rhett Reynolds 15, Logan Leck 14, Tanner Parsons 10, Taylor Parsons three, and Trenton Emerson two. 

In semi-final action the Coyotes played the No. 1 team from District 2-B district, the Wolf Point Wolves. Shelby quickly jumped in front taking a 20-11 advantage at the end of the first quarter. The Coyotes continued to outscore the Wolves the rest of the game, claiming the 63-48 victory. 

Scoring for the Coyotes were Reynolds 21, Tanner Parsons 18, Leck seven, Watson and Taylor Parsons with six each, and Emerson rounded out the scoring with five points.

In the championship game on Saturday the Coyotes played a familiar foe, the Fairfield Eagles. Shelby had a hard time finding their groove and Fairfield took advantage, outscoring the Coyotes in the first three quarters. Shelby played the Eagles even in the fourth, losing 54-34.

Shelby finished the tournament in second place and will play, the No. 1 team out of the Southern Division, at noon on Thursday, March 12. The Southern Division tournament will be played this weekend.

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