Shelby’s Tanner Watson drives against Fairfield’s Conor Murray during Saturday night’s District 1B championship game.

The Shelby Coyotes claimed second place in the District 1-B tournament last week, defeating Great Falls Central 55-48, Choteau 73-44, and then falling short against Fairfield, 60-53. The Coyotes will travel to Malta for the Divisional Tournament. They will open with the Malta Mustangs on Thursday, March 5, at 2:30 p.m. Action continues through Saturday, March 7.

The Coyotes opened the district tourney against upset-minded Great Falls Central. The two teams were tied at 12 at the end of the first quarter, but Shelby made a move in next two quarters to claim a 40-29 lead at the end of the third quarter. Great Falls didn’t give up easily and kept the game interesting. Shelby held on for the 55-48 win. 

Scoring for the Coyotes were Rhett Reynolds 19, Logan Leck 14, Tanner Parsons nine, Trenton Emerson eight, and Taylor Parsons five. Reynolds also grabbed 13 rebounds, including six offensive boards. Leck dished out six assists to go with his seven rebounds.

Friday the Coyotes played the Choteau Bulldogs. Choteau came out on fire scoring 15 points in the first quarter to take the early lead, 15-12. Shelby came alive in the second quarter and held the Bulldogs to just seven points. They scored 20 points in the quarter to take a 32-22 advantage at the half. Shelby continued to extend the lead through the third and fourth quarters, sealing the victory 73-44. 

Shelby dominated play inside, outscoring Choteau 42-12 in the paint. 

Scoring for Shelby were, Reynolds with 22, Leck 14, Tanner Parsons 11, Tanner Watson nine, Emerson five, Taylor Parsons four, Teagan Tustian and Tanner Tustian three each, and Kyle Peltier two. Reynolds had another big night on the boards, grabbing 17 rebounds. Leck snatched eight, and had seven assists. 

Saturday the Coyotes started slow and were trailing the Eagles by six at the end of the first quarter. The rest of the game was played pretty even. Shelby outscored Fairfield by two in the third, and Fairfield outscored Shelby by three in the fourth. Fairfield won the game 60-53.

Reynolds had his third double double of the tourney, grabbing 13 rebounds and scoring 17 points. Also scoring for the Coyotes were Emerson 10, Watson nine, Tanner Parsons seven, Leck six, Aiden Torgerson three, and Tanner Tustian one.

 “I was really pleased with the kids’ defensive effort on the weekend. We will continue to improve and we are looking forward to Divisionals,” said head coach Tom Reynolds.

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