Shelby’s Brook Luly races the ball up the floor Saturday night followed by teammates Maddison Underdal (30), Bailey Johnson and a trio of Malta defenders. The Lady Coyotes downed the M-ettes 39-34 in the regular season finale.

The Shelby Lady Coyotes wrapped up their first conference title in 18 years, defeating Cut Bank 55-39 last Friday night. Shelby also defeated Malta 39-34 in a non-conference matchup. 

The Coyotes jumped out to a 14-2 lead in the first quarter before the Lady Wolves fought back to cut Shelby’s lead to 14-9 at the end of the first quarter. 

Shelby outscored Cut Bank 7-4 in the second to take a 21-13 lead into the half. Shelby and Cut Bank both came out of the half on fire, but Shelby would prevail 20-17 in the third to extend their lead. Shelby controlled the fourth quarter as well to seal the win and the conference title. 

Scoring for the Coyotes were Maddison Underdal 19, Bailey Johnson 13, Brook Luly seven, Brogan McAllister six, and Brielle Aklestad and Kendall Anderson five each. 

Saturday the Lady Coyotes faced the M-ettes from Malta hoping to avenge an earlier loss. Shelby outscored Malta 10-4 in the first quarter. Malta answered back in the second outscoring Shelby 9-6, leaving the Coyotes with a 16-13 advantage at the half. 

Malta continued to roll in the third taking a one-point lead into the fourth quarter. Shelby dug in and scored 16 in the final period to claim the 39-34 victory.

Scoring for the Coyotes were Johnson 12, Aklestad 11, Underdal nine, Anderson four and Luly three.

 “Coaches were pleased with how the Lady Coyotes finished the regular season. We have a big week of practice to get ready for the district tournament. We are looking forward to a good week,” said head coach Mac McDermott.

Shelby receives a bye in the first round of the District 1-B Tournament, which is being played in Cut Bank. The Lady Coyotes will take on the winner of the Conrad Choteau game on Friday. 

See related story for more on the district tournament.

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