SHELBY — The Coyote Classic basketball tournament, hosted by Shelby High School, featured some of the up-and-coming teams in Classes B and C across the state with more intriguing match-ups happening throughout the tournament.
In day one, we saw the boys and girls match-ups between the Chinook Sugarbeeters and the Cut Bank Wolves. The boys went first with the Sugarbeeter’s six-foot-five, all-conference football player, Oskar Pula, playing both ends of the floor blocking shots and getting to the rim as they route the Wolves 55-47.
In the girls game, sophomore Hallie Neibauer showed why she made all-conference as a freshman as she dismantled Cut Bank’s defense scoring at all three levels as the Beeters won 53-34. Neibauer scored 25 points.
In the second boys match-up between Class B powerhouse Fairfield Eagles and Loyola Rams, the Eagles showed why they are always a contender. With multiple stellar performances, the Eagles dominated from start to finish running away with a blowout win over the Rams, 68-44.
The last game of the night was a slow first half in the girls game with the Eagles leading 22-13. The scoring picked up for both teams in the second but Fairfield maintained their lead and cruised to a 52-41 win.
Dec. 10 schedule:
BOYS Malta vs. Loyola 9:00
GIRLS Malta vs. Loyola 10:30
BOYS Fairfield vs. Three Forks 12:00
GIRLS Fairfield vs. Three Forks 1:30
BOYS Belt vs. Florence 3:00
GIRLS Belt vs. Florence 4:30
BOYS Froid-Medicine Lake vs. Shelby 6:00
GIRLS Froid-Medicine Lake vs. Shelby 7:30
Dec. 11 schedule:
GIRLS Chinook v. Belt 9:00
BOYS Chinook v. Belt 10:30
GIRLS Cut Bank v. Froid-Medicine lake 12:00
BOYS Cut Bank v. Froid-Medicine Lake 1:30
GIRLS Three Forks v. Malta 3:00
BOYS Three Forks v. Malta 4:30
GIRLS Florence v. Shelby 6:00
BOYS Florence v. Shelby 7:30
*All games are played at Shelby High School