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SHELLEY â€” For a game that Shelley coach Dave Hadley called a "polar opposite" of the first meeting with Bonneville, the Russets got the similar result they were looking for.
Shelley beat Bonneville 61-47 Friday after taking down the Bees by eight in December.
"In the first meeting, we got off to a great start offensively," Hadley said. "And Jared Stutzman had what? 29, 30 points against us."
It was a different story this time around.
Stutzman and the Bees jumped out to a 9-2 lead but the Russets stayed patient and played better and better as the game went on. The game was tied at halftime and in the second half it was all Russets. Except for one bad minute.
Leading 42-33in the final minute of the third, Shelley made some mistakes that allowed the Bees to get back into the game.
"I was really disappointed with us at the end of the quarter," Hadley said. We took some bad shots and let them get back in the game."
Bonneville scored to cut the lead to 42-40 early in the fourth, but Shelley kept its composure and rebuilt the lead it let slip away.
"We didn't play very smart for that 40 seconds," Hadley said. "But the rest of the game was as smart as we have played all year."
McKay Cannon led the charge for Shelley as he scored 15 points and made plays for his teammates.
"I've been asking him for 14 games now to play like that," Hadley said.
He got a lot of help from Kaden Michaelson too, who had 16 points.
"When Michaelson got in the game, he really attacked and it forced them to collapse a bit more and that opened it up for McKay and everyone else," Hadley said. "I thought his aggressiveness was a big part of the game."
Shelley improved to 10-4 on the season with the win. The Russets will pay a visit to Skyline on Wednesday.
Bonneville â€” 13 13 12 9 â€” 47
Shelley â€” 7 19 16 19 â€” 61
Bonneville â€” Cooper 4, Lindley 2, Stutzman 18, Rowberry 2, Hostert 7, Carter 3, Reese 4, Smith 4, Jones 3.
Shelley â€” Edgar Mendoza 5, T.J. Stommel 4, Garrett Nelson 2, Chad Leckington 8, Will Higham 3, Kaden Michaelson 16, McKay Cannon 15, Garrett Smith 2, Christian Mendoza 6.