Shelby’s Brogan McAllister lauches a three-pointer against Browning Saturday night in Shelby.

The Shelby Coyotes girls basketball team opened 2020 with two losses, dropping a close game to Fairfield, 55-50, and losing to Browning, 62-39. 

Friday the Coyotes traveled to Fairfield and started slow, finding themselves trailing 15-8 at the end of the first quarter. The Coyotes were down 28-18 at half. Shelby dug in and outscored the Eagles by three in the third quarter, to draw within seven of the Eagles. Shelby came up short on the comeback, only outscoring Fairfield by five in the fourth. 

Scoring for the Coyotes were Bailey Johnson with 18, Brogan McAllister with 15, Maddison Underdal had 10, Brielle Aklestad had 2, Vivi McDermott and Brook Luly had 1 each.

Saturday the Coyotes faced the Indians of Browning. They rallied 20-9 at the end of the first quarter, and at the end of the first half the score was 41-22 Browning advantage. Shelby had a slow third quarter, scoring only three to Browning’s 15. Shelby’s offense clicked in the fourth quarter scoring 14 to Browning’s six. 

Scoring for the Coyotes were Underdal with 13, Johnson 7, Luly 6, McAllister 5, and Anderson and Aklestad each had 4.

Coach Mac McDermott commented, “Despite two losses we saw lots of positive progress. We will continue to work on consistent free throw shooting. We have two big conference games this week.” 

Shelby will host Choteau on Friday at 6 p.m. and Great Falls Central on Saturday at 4 p.m.

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