MERIDIAN â€“ Three different Russets cracked double-digit scoring as Shelley cruised into the 3A semi finals with a 60-44 win over Payette on Thursday evening.
Playing the last of the four opening round games the Russets took note of the earlier upset of conference rival Sugar-Salem as they came out quick on the Pirates, leading to a 15-9 first quarter lead.
â€śIt was hard to push it as much as we wanted to against their zone with them getting back we didnâ€™t get quite as many easy looks as I would have liked to have gotten,â€ť Shelley head coach Dave Hadley said. â€śFirst game of the state tournament for all of these kids except for McKay, McKay got some time as a freshman, and for the first time on a pretty big stage you have to expect some nerves. Overall execution wasnâ€™t great but we got a win and I guess thatâ€™s what matters now.â€ť