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.
âIt was hard to push it as much as we wanted to against their zone with them getting back we didnât get quite as many easy looks as I would have liked to have gotten,â Shelley head coach Dave Hadley said. âFirst 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 wasnât great but we got a win and I guess thatâs what matters now.â