DEER LODGE — The Western C girls basketball divisional tournament tipped off Wednesday at Deer Lodge. Manhattan Christian, Charlo, Seeley-Swan and Ennis earned first-round wins to advance to the semifinal round.
ENNIS GIRLS 48, ALBERTON-SUPERIOR 35
Shelby Klein scored 16 points and Marlyssa Ledgerwood added 10 as Ennis pulled away late from Alberton-Superior 48-35 to advance to the Western C divisional semifinals where the Mustangs will face undefeated Seeley-Swan.
Alberton-Superior led 12-9 after one quarter but was held to three points in the second quarter as Ennis grabbed a 21-15 halftime lead.
Darby Haskins led the Mountain Cats with 12 points.
SEELEY-SWAN GIRLS 71, SHIELDS VALLEY 43
Make that 15-0 for the Seeley-Swan girls.
Sparked by a 10-0 run in the first two minutes of their Western C opener against Shields Valley, the Blackhawks went on to rout the Rebels 71-43 to advance to the divisional semifinals.
Emily Maughan poured in 18 points, Sariah Maughan had 15, Bethany Hoag scored 13 and Klaire Kovatch added 11 to give the Blackhawks a quartet of players in double digits.
The Rebels were led by 16 points from Tyler DeFord and nine apiece from Jaeli Jenkins and Perry Dominick.
The Blackhawks led 25-9 by the end of the first quarter and were up 40-15 at halftime.
CHARLO GIRLS 42, TWIN BRIDGES 30
Liev Smith scored 13 points and Carlee Fryberger added 12 as the Charlo girls used a strong second half to rally past Twin Bridges 42-30 in the opening round of the Western C Tournament on Wednesday in Deer Lodge.
The Vikings, who trailed 11-6 after one quarter and 20-19 at the half, now face undefeated Manhattan Christian in a Thursday semifinal. The Eagles are 20-0 after defeating Philipsburg in an earlier game.
The Falcons were led by 11 points from Allie Dale.
MANHATTAN CHRISTIAN GIRLS 48, PHILIPSBURG 37
Kiersten Van Kirk scored a game-high 12 points and Ava Bellach added 10 as the undefeated Eagles overtook the Prospectors in the second half and held on to keep their unbeaten season alive.
Philipsburg led 19-18 at halftime before the Eagles pulled ahead in the second half to take a 38-31 lead into the final quarter.
Reece Pitcher led the Prospectors with 11 points and Asha Comings scored 10.
The Eagles advance to a Thursday semifinal against Charlo. Philipsburg plays Twin Bridges in an 8 a.m. consolation game.