Russets open tournament with win over Teton
Dalton Nelson battles a trio of Teton defenders during first half action on Monday evening.
IDAHO FALLS â€” The Shelley Russets got a good view of just what can happen in district tournament play as they watched game one go double overtime before the top seeded Sugar-Salem Diggers finally prevailed over the fourth seeded South Fremont squad.
That eye opener served the Russets well as any thoughts of a Teton upset was quickly dispelled as the Russets rolled throughout the night to a convincing 64-34 victory.
"It was the only talk that we had in pre-game," Shelley head coach Dave Hadley said. "We didn't talk x's and o's. We just talked about playing every possession like it was the most important possession of the game. It's been our motto all year long. I.O.T.O. (It only takes one) where you never know what play will make the difference in a game so every possession is important."
Shelley took that to heart throughout the first half of play as they got the transition game going at high tilt, outscoring the Redskins 17-5 in the first quarter and then followed that up with a 20-10 second quarter leading to a commanding 37-15 lead at the break.
McKay Cannon was once again a key cog in the Russet attack as the senior tallied 16 of his game high 23 points in the opening half.
Not to be out done, Chad Leckington got his groove on with a pair of three point bombs in the second quarter for 6 of his 14 on the evening as Shelley dialed long distance 4 times in the second quarter alone.
"We watched film today and the one thing that we noticed was that for the last four or five games we weren't very organized on our break," Coach Hadley said. "We wanted to come out tonight and get organized in our transition game, get more aggressive on the break and get some easy baskets. I also think that it forced them on the other end to take some rushed shots once we got the tempo up."
Out of the half Teton scrambled to get back into the game but were never able to get the Russet lead under seventeen points and any question of a comeback attempt was quickly doused when the Russets exploded on a 10-2 run to open the fourth quarter, effectively sending the Teton squad packing to the left hand side of the bracket.
Shelley (17-4) will take on Sugar-Salem on Wednesday evening in the semi-finals of the tournament. The two teams split during the regular season with each of them winning on their home floor.
"We will need to come out and control the tempo better than we did in either of our two games this year with them," Coach Hadley said. "We need to get off to a good start on them because they are such a disciplined defensive team and well coached. We will want to get them scrambling a bit and if that means we have a few more turnovers than we want so be it but we need to get the game sped up to our tempo."
Tip off is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. at Skyline High School.
SHELLEY 64, TETON 34
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Teton 5 10 17 2 - 34
Shelley 17 20 14 13 - 64
Teton (34) - Taylor Peterson 5, Jason Clark 2, Wyatt Johnson 12, Ben Clemmer 2, Omar Martinez 6, Jaxon Reiley 7. FG: 14. FT: 5-7. 3-pointers: 1-13 (Jaxon Reiley 1). Fouls: 17. Fouled out: none.
Shelley (64) - Tyler Fredrickson 2, Kaden Schmitt 5, Will Huntsman 4, Garrett Nelson 3, Chad Leckington 14, Carter Cannon 4, Dalton Nelson 7, McKay Cannon 23, Garrett Smith 2. FG: 21. FT: 14-25. 3-pointers: 8-15. (Garrett Nelson 1, Chad Leckington 4, McKay Cannon 3). Fouls: 10. Fouled out: none.