Shelley girls look for first win

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MIKE WHITELEY/Special to The Shelley Pioneer Lady Russets Rylie Ottley and Bailey Stoddard get to a loose ball just before a Soda Springs player Nov. 29. Shelley lost the game 44-25. MIKE WHITELEY/Special to The Shelley Pioneer

It’s been a rough start for the Shelley Girls basketball team in under new head Coach Wally Foster with a 0-4 start.

Shelley lost four seniors to graduation last year and two talented seniors Meg Gold and Bailey Bean opted not to play basketball they should have been a asset this season. It left Coach Foster with only three returning in Bailey Stoddard, Mary Vance and Riley Ottley and eight new players to work with and develop into a unit. There is talent on the Russets but still a work in progress to learn their strengths and that takes time. Hopefully Shelley fans will have the patience to support the girls as they learn to work together and wins will come.

This week Shelley girls start a five-game road trip opening at Soda Springs on Dec. 6; at Firth on Dec. 8; at North Fremont on the 9th; travel to Filer on the 13th; and end at Marsh Valley on the 16th.

Last week in their only game, the girls lost at home to Soda Springs 44-25. The Russets played the Cardinals close in the 1st quarter trailing by one 8-9 but turnovers and only scoring three in the 2nd period put them down 11-24 at half with Soda extending that lead to 25 in the 4th quarter. Shelley had over 20 turnovers and only 7 of 31 on shots from the field. Shelley was led on scoring with 4 points from Ashleigh Ball, Jazmin Romero, Sydney Leal, Bailey Stoddard.

The Firth Cougars at 4-2 host Shelley on Dec. 8th at 4:30, 6 and varsity at 7:30 and Sugar Salem at 6 and 7:30 on Dec. 13.

Firth suffered a huge loss when talented point guard injured her knee in their game at Sugar Salem and has surgery this week to end her season.

In their next game the Cougars lost 44-38 at South Fremont with Firth leading 19-17 at half South rallied behind Oliva LeCheminant’s 17 points to pull out the win. Cammie Gee led Firth with 16, followed by Abby Schiess 8 and Kellie Tucker 6. At home the Cougar had a unbelievable comeback in the 4th quarter against a tall talented Malad team to take a 33-30 win. The Cougars trailed 4-6 after one and down 8-15 at half as Malad build a early 12 point lead in the 3rd period but the Firth girls refused to fold and go Add to dictionary continued to play aggrieve and continued to rack up fouls and put Cougars on the foul line and after struggling hitting field goals and foul shots in the 1st half the shots started to fall for the Cougars until Firth took the lead with 2:41 remaining in the game. Firth pressure caused Malad turnovers and with 5.5 seconds left Malad missed a sure lay in under the basket and Kellie Tucker was fouled at 3.5 and she calmed hit two foul shots to give Firth a 33-30 lead and a desperate long shot at the Dragoon basket failed at the buzzer.

It was a total team effort in the Cougar win on hustle, desire and teamwork. The only thing Firth struggled on was from the foul line early as they ended hitting only 15 of 34 attempts on 26 Malad fouls with the Dragoons hitting 3 of 7 attempts from the the line. Abby Schiess was huge at the end finishing with 5,followed by Kellie Tucker and Cammie Gee with 6.

The excitement did not end after the game as some of the students were shooting baskets and Damon Folkman from the boys’ team attempted a slam dunk and shattered the north rim to add an explanation point to the night.

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