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Western C girls: Ennis, Twin Bridges set to meet again for divisional title

Posted at 7:01 PM, Feb 23, 2018

HAMILTON — Ennis and Twin Bridges are set to meet again. The District 12C rivals won semifinal games at the Western C girls basketball divisional tournament on Friday to set up another rematch. The divisional championship is set to tip off at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

The teams have already played four games against each other the season with Twin Bridges winning three of those, including last week’s District 12C championship 51-36.

Ennis 31, Charlo 15

Josie Hokanson and Whitney McKitrick each scored nine points to help Ennis secure a berth in the championship of the Western C girls basketball divisional tournament with a 31-15 win over Charlo. The Mustangs’ stingy defense didn’t allow more than four points in a single quarter as Ennis pulled away for the no-doubt semifinal win on Friday.

Ennis led 18-7 at halftime and finished the game with its defense and methodical offense securing the 16-point win. The Mustangs will play Twin Bridges in Saturday’s championship, while Charlo falls to loser-out action. The Vikings will face Alberton-Superior Saturday at 9 a.m.

The Mountain Cats suffered their first loss of the season in Thursday’s first round but bounced back for a 61-34 win over Lone Peak in a Friday loser-out game at Hamilton Middle School.

Twin Bridges 44, Arlee 35

Twin Bridges jumped out to a 10-0 lead, holding Arlee without a point for the first four-plus minutes of the game, and then held off the Scarlets for a 44-35 win in the semifinal round of the Western C divisional girls basketball tournament on Friday. Kailee Oliverson, a University of Nevada signee, scored 16 points for Twin Bridges, which also got 10 points from RaeAnne Bendon.

Alyssia Vanderburg scored 13 points to lead the Scarlets.

The Falcons will meet Ennis for the fifth time this season, this time playing for the Western C championship Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Arlee will face Manhattan Christian, which extended its season with a 50-38 win over Seeley-Swan 50-38 on Friday, in a loser-out game Saturday at 9 a.m.