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Shelby senior Tanner Parsons attacks the basket against Browning’s Blayne DeRoche during non-conference basketball action Saturday night in Shelby. The Coyotes will be back in action at home Friday against Choteau before traveling to Great Falls Central Saturday.

The Shelby boys basketball team dropped a pair of games to open the New Year, losing to Fairfield, 71-57 and to Browning, 71-62. 

Friday the Coyotes went to Fairfield, and started a little slow, trailing 10-14 after the first quarter. They outscored Fairfield in the second 25-24, going into the half trailing by three. The third quarter the Coyotes gave up 23 points and only scored 14, and found themselves down 49-61. Fairfield outscored Shelby by two in the final quarter, taking the win 71-57.

Scoring for the Coyotes were Tanner Parsons with 22, Rhett Reynolds added 13, Tanner Tustian followed with 9, Logan Leck 7, Aiden Torgerson and Tanner Watson each put in 3. 

 “Friday night was one of those nights where you need to have a short memory. We did not take care of the ball very well and had 26 turnovers. On a positive note it was nice to be full strength and have Tanner Parsons back,” said head coach Tom Reynolds.

Saturday the Coyotes battled the Indians from Browning. Shelby took an early 13-11 lead at the end of the first quarter. Browning stole the lead in the second to have a two-point advantage at the end of the first half. Shelby got into foul trouble in the third, and Browning took advantage, outscoring Shelby by nine in the third. The Coyotes narrowed the gap but Browning held on for the win. 

Scoring for Shelby were Leck with 24, Reynolds with 14, Trenton Emerson and Tanner Parsons each had 7 each, Torgerson had 4, Taylor Parsons had 3, Tustian  had 2 and Watson had 1. 

Coach Reynolds stated, “Saturday Browning came to town and it was a great atmosphere. We played with a lot better effort, but still had too many turnovers; the great thing is that those are fixable things. So we are going to keep working.”

Shelby will host two conference games this week, Choteau on Friday, at 7:30 p.m. and Great Falls Central on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

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