The Shelby Lady Coyotes basketball team split their games at the shortened State Class “B” Tournament in Butte. Shelby defeated Colstrip, 40-35, but lost to Missoula Loyola, 46-21 before the tournament was cancelled by the Montana High School Association due to the Coronavirus after semi-final action on Friday night.
The Coyotes played Colstrip on Thursday, March 12. Colstrip came in seeded as the No. 1 team from the Southern Division. Colstrip took an early 12-9 advantage in the first quarter. The Fillies extended their lead in the second outscoring the Coyotes to lead 20-16 at the half.
Shelby’s defense became stingy in the second half, and the offense opened up as the Coyotes scored 12 points in both the third and fourth quarters, and held Colstrip to 15 total second half points to earn the win.
Brogan McAllister went 3-5 from beyond the arc and scored 12 points for the Coyotes. Maddison Underdal netted 12 for the Coyotes. Also scoring for the Coyotes were Bailey Johnson with seven, Brielle Aklestad with four, Kendall Anderson with three, and Brook Luly with two. The Coyotes rebounded well as a team. Underdal grabbed five to lead the squad followed by Aklestad, Johnson, Anderson and Luly each with four.
The win matched the Coyotes up with unbeaten Missoula Loyola. Shelby started the game cold on the offensive end, and only scored eight points in the first half. Missoula showed why they were undefeated, and controlled the game from the beginning, winning 46-21.
McAllister led the team with seven, Underdal put in five, Johnson had four, Luly added three, and Aklestad put in two.
The Lady Coyotes were preparing to play Malta in loser-out action Saturday when the tournament was cancelled due to the Coronavirus.
“It was a great year, with an unusual ending. I am very proud of the girls and what they accomplished,” said head coach Mac McDermott.
Shelby will say goodbye to six seniors–Bailey Johnson, Kendall Anderson, Brogan McAllister, Brielle Aklestad, Brook Luly, and Rachel Hould.