Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Lady Tiger Bowlers Finish 5th at Sectionals and Advance to Districts

The Lady Tigers competed in the sectional tournament this past Friday February 20th at Poelking Marian Lanes in Huber Heights. “Only the top 11 teams advance to the district tournament so it was important that the girls entered the tournament focused,” said Coach Phlipot. In this tournament scoring was based on total pin fall for 3 regular and 6 baker games. The Tigers were paired with the defending state champions, Mechanicsburg, in game one. This was an advantage for the Tigers as it really allowed them to bowl with great competition and have a feel for their standing in the field. In Game 1 Versailles rolled 849 to Mechanicsburg 882 promoting confidence for the Tiger girls. In games 2 and 3 the Tigers rolled 753 and 880 giving them a 3 game total of 2482. This put the Lady Tigers in 5th place after regular games. “I was very happy with the way the team bowled the first three games,” said Coach Phlipot,”but we did leave a lot of easy spares and a few girls bowled under their average. If all girls would have bowled at their average we may have been in the top 3.” Leading the way for the Tigers was Megan Ward (200-174-215 for 589 series), Hannah Niekamp (163-171-158 for 492 series), Olivia Bruening (133-147-195 for 475 series), and Makenzie Berning 191.

Heading into the 6 baker games the Lady Tigers were paired with Graham. “Our goal was to try to catch the 3rd place team Urbana,” said Coach Phlipot. The Lady Tigers bowled well in their baker games with scores of (190-125-175-174-161-172). Versailles was up 48 pins on Northwestern going into the last baker game. Northwestern bowled a 238 to Versailles 172 pushing the Tiger team out of 4th place overall. The Lady Tigers finished 5th out of 25 teams and advance to the district tournament on Thursday, Feb. 26th at Beaver-Vu Lanes in Beavercreek; starting time 9:00 a.m. The top 4 teams and top 4 individuals will advance to the state tournament. “I was very proud of how the girls bowled today; it was a total team effort. If we can bowl like we did today and stay positive we will achieve our team goal and have the opportunity to compete in the state tournament again,” said Coach.

Overall Standings Southwest Sectional: 1. Mechanicsburg (3873), 2. Urbana (3665), 3. Kenton Ridge (3643), 4. Northwestern (3497), 5. Versailles (3479), 6. Graham Local (3251), 7. Bellefontaine (3177), 8. Mississinawa Valley (3142), 9. Carroll (3072), 10. Archbishop Alter (2938), 11. Benjamin Local (2850)

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