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Shelby senior Bailey Johnson slices through the Lady Wolves defense for two of her, game high, 19 points during the Lady Coyotes 56-42 victory Friday night in Cut Bank.

The Shelby Lady Coyotes traveled to Cut Bank Friday and defeated the Wolves convincingly, 56-42, but then lost to Malta on Saturday, 51-33. The Lady Coyotes have a 6-4 overall record and a 5-1 conference record at the midpoint of the season.

 Shelby started the game against the Wolves hot, scoring 23 points in the first quarter, and limited Cut Bank to five. The second quarter was closer in scoring, but the Coyotes extended their lead by two, leading 37-17 at the half. Shelby outscored the Wolves again in the third quarter by two, but gave up some ground in the final quarter.

Scoring for Shelby were Bailey Johnson with 19, Maddison Underdal 16, Brogan McAllister seven, Brielle Aklestad six, and Kendall Anderson and Brooke Luly two each.

 “We struggled from the free throw line but, had 13 assists to only 11 turnovers. We also had 13 steals, and shot 22-54 from the field,” said coach Mac McDermott. “We only had three turnovers in the first half.”

Saturday the Coyotes started slow in Malta, scoring just five points, to Malta’s 11. Shelby never did find their groove, and trailed 20-10 at the half. Scoring picked up in the second half, but Shelby stayed on the low end, and lost to the M-ettes. 

Scoring for Shelby were Johnson 16, Underdal eight, McAllister five, and Aklestad and Luly two each. 

“We had a good weekend, picked up a conference win, but we need to work on free throws and layups,” said McDermott.

Shelby will host Conrad on Friday, with tip-off at 6 p.m., and will travel to Rocky Boy Saturday. Game time was not available at press time.

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