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Shelby’s Tanner Watson scores a layup for the Coyotes Friday night during their 74-43 win over Conrad. Watson was one of four Coyotes to reach double figures in the contest.

The Shelby Coyotes boys basketball team picked up two conference wins over the weekend, defeating Conrad 74-43, and Rocky Boy 72-61. 

Friday the Coyotes controlled the game from the start, leading 21-16 after the first quarter. Shelby’s defense stepped up the rest of the game, limiting the Cowboys to just 27 points in the final three periods. 

Rhett Reynolds led four Coyotes in double figures with 22, Tanner Parsons added 19, Logan Leck dropped 14, and Tanner Watson had 11. 

Also scoring for the Coyotes were Taylor Parsons, Tanner Tustian, Aiden Torgerson, and Trenton Emerson with two each. 

Reynolds pulled down 12 rebounds, eight on the offensive side, and Leck dished out seven assists. 

 “Friday night the big stat was that we shot 70% from the field. Tanner Parsons was 3-for-3 behind the arc,” said head coach Tom Reynolds.

Saturday the Coyotes visited Rocky Boy for an important conference matchup. Shelby jumped out to an early 21-11 lead, and never looked back. Rocky Boy cut the lead by three going into half, but Shelby dominated the third quarter 17-9, taking a 60-45 advantage into the final quarter. The Coyotes held off a good Rocky Boy team to claim the victory. 

Reynolds again led a balanced offensive attack with 18 points. Leck and Tanner Parsons each dumped in 17. Also scoring for the Coyotes were Watson and Taylor Parsons nine each, and Tustian with two. 

Reynolds collected nine rebounds, and Tustian and Taylor Parsons each pulled in eight, while Leck dished out eight assists. 

“These were two huge conference wins especially Saturday as it is always hard to come away from Rocky Boy with a win. We still need to work on taking care of the ball as we had 18 turnovers on Saturday. We also need to focus on rebounding as we gave up 15 offensive rebounds both nights,” said Reynolds.

Shelby played Browning on Tuesday, and will host Fairfield in an important conference game this Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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