HAMILTON -- Plains won the season series with Arlee, but the Scarlets got the one that mattered.
Arlee beat District 14-C foe Plains on Saturday for the first time in four meetings this season in the championship game of the Western C Divisional girls' basketball tournament. The 37-31 victory sends the Scarlets to the State C tournament, an event that will be held in Great Falls in two weeks.
Plains can join Arlee there, but Saturday's loss means the Trotters will need to win a challenge game against Seeley-Swan. That contest will be back at Hamilton High's Dale Berry Court at 6:30 p.m. on Monday.
The Blackhawks defeated Twin Bridges, 39-35, in the third-place game earlier Saturday to keep their season alive, their second victory of the day.
Arlee 37, Plains 31
Arlee held Plains to just six points in the first half and led 20-6 at the break on its way to claiming the divisional championship.
The Trotters (20-3) shot just 12.5 percent in the first half, but doubled that shooting percentage in the second. It wasn't enough even as Plains outscored Arlee 25-17 after the break.
Alyssia Vanderburg shot 8 of 9 from the field and scored 18 points for Arlee (20-4), which will be making its first state trip since 1981.
Kimberly Earhart put in 12 points for Plains, which made 7 of 18 attempts on 3-pointers. Earhart was 4 of 7 by herself.
Seeley-Swan 39, Twin Bridges 35
Seeley-Swan never trailed, but Twin Bridges didn't make it easy on the Blackhawks in the third-place game.
Seeley led by just two points at halftime and three headed to the final quarter, but was able to hold off Twin Bridges for a bit of revenge. The Hawks had lost to Twin in the divisional semifinals in each of the three prior years.
Alex Bohlman and Delaney Holzworth led Seeley (23-2) with 15 and 12 points, respectively. Kailee Oliverson had a game-high 19 for the Falcons.
Seeley-Swan 51, Ennis 35
The shots that weren't falling Friday against Arlee found their way in Saturday as the Blackhawks ended Ennis' season.
Paige Holmes poured in 19 as four Seeley-Swan girls had seven points or more. Marisol Caro added nine with Holzworth reaching eight and Alex Bohlman seven.
No Ennis player had more than seven points.
Twin Bridges 46, Manhattan Christian 38
Twin Bridges trailed by a point after three quarters but a 17-6 fourth-quarter advantage helped the Falcons eliminate Manhattan Christian in consolation play.
Twin got a monster game from Kailee Oliverson, who had 20 points and 15 rebounds. The Eagles' Megan Kamps tried to keep up and had her own double-double with 17 and 10.