Shields Valley falls to Townsend, Manhattan Christian

Neil Patrick Healy
The Shields Valley Rebels girls basketball team struggled last weekend, losing to the Townsend Bulldogs Friday, 72-29, and the Manhattan Christian Eagles Saturday, 48-29. 
Townsend jumped out to a big lead early against Shields Valley Friday, taking a 40-16 advantage into halftime. The Bulldogs’ offensive dominance continued in the second half with a 32-point showing. The defense also showed up big in the later stages of the game, holding the Rebels to six fourth quarter points. 
Molly Engle was the Rebels’ lone double-digit scorer, putting up 10. Jen Fairchild was right behind her with seven. 
While Shields Valley’s defense improved Saturday, the offense still continued to struggle against Manhattan Christian, being held to 11 first-half points. Manhattan Christian’s offense came to life in the second half with a 30-point performance and keeping Shields Valley from coming back. 
Fairchild finished with 11 points on 4-of-16 shooting, including 3-of-8 from the 3-point line, while adding five rebounds and four steals. Marissa Marshall was the team’s next high-scorer with seven points on 3-of-9 shooting. As a team, the Rebels shot 10-for-51 from the floor, 4-of-13 from the 3-point line and 5-of-15 from the free throw line. 
Shields Valley looks to end its three-game skid with games against White Sulphur Springs and Harlowton Friday and Saturday, respectively.