FRENCHTOWN — The Western C boys and girls basketball divisional tournaments got started Thursday in Frenchtown with eight first-round games. Below are recaps of each game.
Charlo girls 31, Manhattan Christian 29
This game was back and forth the whole way, but the Vikings won 31-29.
Right before halftime, the Eagles got a 3-pointer from Grace Aamot and Manhattan Christian was up two going into the half.
With a little more than two minutes remaining, Liev Smith gave Charlo the two-point lead on a fadeaway jumper.
Manhattan Christian had a chance to win it on a last-second shot, but it clanked off the bank of the iron.
Charlo plays at 5 p.m. Friday against Seeley Swan.
Alberton-Super girls 43, Twin Bridges 39
Alberton-Superior was down by 14 points in the third quarter and came back to win 43-39.
Up 42-39 with little time remaining, Isabella Perreria hit one of two free throws to make it 43-39 and the Mountain Cats would hold on from there.
Cassie Green led Alberton-Superior in scoring with 14 points.
Alberton-Superior plays Friday at 3:30 p.m. against West Yellowstone.
Seeley Swan 31, Philipsburg 28
In another game that came down to the wire, Seeley-Swan came away with the 31-28 win.
With less than a minute remaining and the game tied 28-28, Bethany Hoag from the Blackhawks received the inbounds pass near the top of the key. Without any hesitation she buried the 3-pointer to help seal the win.
Seeley-Swan plays Friday at 5 p.m against Charlo.
West Yellowstone 69, Hot Springs 55
This game kicked off the tournament. The Wolverines were riding high after winning the District 11C tournament, upsetting Manhattan Christian in the championship.
The Wolverines started the game on a 9-0 run and never gave the lead back, winning 69-55.
Rebeka Everest lead the way for West Yellowstone, scoring a game-high 22 points and Ashlynn Roos had 13.
The Wolverines play Friday at 3:30 p.m. against Alberton-Superior.
Harrison-Willow Creek 64, Darby 51
The scoreboard didn't show it, but Harrison-Willow Creek dominated from the beginning, getting a 64-51 win over the Tigers.
Darby started the scoring on a basket from Gabe Smith, but Wildcats went on a 12-0 run and never looked back.
Luke Cima lead the way for Harrison with 23 points.
Harrison-Willow Creek plays Friday at 8 p.m. against Gardiner.
Gardiner 60, Plains 47
The Bruins took control early in this one and ran away with the game handily, 60-47.
Elijah Byrd had a game-high 25 points for Gardiner.
The Bruins play at 8 p.m Friday against Harrison-Willow Creek.
Manhattan Christian 73, St. Regis 45
The Eagles, coming off the District 11C tournament championship win, came out red hot and destroyed St. Regis 73-45.
Sam Leep and Charlie Keith each had a game-high 17 points for Manhattan Christian.
Caleb Ball had 14 for St. Regis.
Manhattan Christian plays on Friday at 6:30 p.m against Twin Bridges.
Twin Bridges 58, Seeley-Swan 40
At one point in the first half, Twin Bridges trailed Seeley-Swan, but in the end the Falcons blewout the Blackhawks 58-40.
Twin Bridges next plays Friday at 6:30 p.m against Manhattan Christian in the semifinal round.