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GREAT FALLS - Eric Schildt scored 17 points, including a three-point play to put Rocky Boy ahead for good, and the Stars capped their first season in Class B with a state basketball championship, beating Shelby 58-49 Saturday.

A capacity crowd of 5,000 at Four Seasons Arena watched the Stars end up 26-0, though they trailed their District 1-B rivals for much of the second half.

The Coyotes led 44-40 after a Chase White free throw with 6:20 left in the game, but were outscored 18-5 from there.

It was Schildt who hit two free throws to tie the game 44-all at the 4:17 mark, and it was a host of teammates who made his go-ahead bucket possible.

After Shelby committed a turnover, Leisen Oats had two attempts swatted away, sandwiched around an errant drive by JC Hawk.

The Stars rebounded each time, before Oats drove and dished to Schildt, who scored and drew the foul. His free throw made it 47-44 with 3:10 remaining.

White hit another free throw to bring the Coyotes within two, but then Hawk converted another three-point play for Rocky Boy with 1:59 left, making it 50-45.

Shelby missed a quartet of 3-pointers from there, and the Stars hit eight straight free throws in the final minute.

Oats and Jerod Parker scored 13 points each for Rocky Boy, which had fallen in the last two State C championship games. It's the first title for the Stars.

Shelby, looking for its second title in three seasons and third overall, was runner-up for the second straight year. Chase Ballantyne had 17 points for the Coyotes, who finished 17-10 - with five losses coming to Rocky Boy.

White added 11 points for Shelby.

Shelby 12 15 13 9 - 49

Rocky Boy 13 12 13 20 - 58

SHELBY (17-10) - Chase Ballantyne 7-13 0-1 17, Chase White 4-10 3-4 11, Matt Flesch 2-2 1-2 5, Kellan Clark 0-4 2-2 2, Matt Alford 4-7 1-2 9, Jordyn Irvin 2-6 1-2 5, Brennan Hayes 0-0 0-0 0, Dane Alford 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-42 8-13 49.

ROCKY BOY (26-0) - Jerod Parker 5-12 2-2 13, Garrett Lafromboise 1-1 0-0 2, Eric Schildt 7-13 3-4 17, Leisin Oats 2-7 9-9 13, Lindsey Eagleman 1-7 0-0 2, JC Hawk 1-4 7-7 9, Loren Standing Rock 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 18-45 21-22 58.

3-point goals - Shelby 3-15 (Ballantyne 3-6, Irvin 0-2, Clark 0-2, White 0-5), Rocky Boy 1-15 (Parker 1-6, Hawk 0-1, Oats 0-4, Eagleman 0-4). Rebounds - Shelby 24 (White 5, Flesch 5), Rocky Boy 29 (Schildt 8). Total fouls - Shelby 18, Rocky Boy 15. Fouled out - Flesch. Assists - Shelby 10 (4 with 2), Rocky Boy 11 (Eagleman 6). Blocks - Shelby 1 (Ballantyne), Rocky Boy 1 (Schildt). Steals - Shelby 8 (Ballantyne 3), Rocky Boy 4 (Hawk 2). Turnovers - Shelby 11, Rocky Boy 12.

 

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