The Shelby Lady Coyotes split their games last week, losing a close game in Browning, 52-48, but posting a decisive victory over Fairfield, 39-33, to push themselves into the number one spot in the conference.
Shelby started the game against Browning slow, trailing 11-5 at the end of the first quarter. The offense picked up a little in the second quarter but they still trailed the Lady Indians by nine, 22-13 at the half.
Shelby scored 13 in the third quarter, but were yet to gain any ground, trailing 37-26 going into the fourth quarter. Shelby’s offense came alive and scored 22 points in the fourth, holding Browning to 15. However, it was not quite enough, and they fell 52-48.
Scoring for the Coyotes were Maddison Underdal 21, Bailey Johnson and Kendall Anderson eight each, Brook Luly six, Brogan McAllister three, and Brielle Aklestad two.
Friday the Coyotes hosted the Eagles with the conference lead on the line. Fairfield had beaten Shelby by five earlier in the year, and Shelby would need to beat Fairfield by six or more to take over the lead in the conference. And the Lady Coyotes did just that.
Fairfield took a slight lead at the end of the first quarter, 7-5, but the Coyotes outscored the Eagles 10-4 in the second quarter to take a 17-11 advantage to the locker room.
Shelby hung on in a back-and-forth second half to claim the six-point win and the conference lead.
Scoring for the Coyotes were Underdal and Johnson nine each, McAllister and Anderson six each, Luly five, and Aklestad four.
Shelby had 24 rebounds as a team, and shot 73 percent from the line. The Lady Coyotes went 6-7 in the final quarter.
Coach Mac McDermott and his coaching staff were very pleased with the win. They were glad to have Saturday off so the girls could rest, have a great week of practice, and be ready to play this coming weekend.
Shelby will be on the road playing in Choteau on Friday, for a 6 p.m game, and will be in Great Falls Saturday for a 4 p.m. game.