COLDWATER – The West Ohio High School Bowling Conference Southern Division was at Pla-Mor Lanes Saturday morning for the girls varsity bowling matches with teams from Ansonia, Mississinawa Valley and Versailles participating.
The house was full of spectators with all teams well represented.
The Ansonia girls drew the tough task of matching up against the defending state champions of Division II, Coldwater. Coldwater was leading the Southern Division going into Saturday’s action with an 8-0 conference record and 10-0 overall on the season.
The Lady Cavaliers exploded for 2,691 pins for their second highest score of the season. Ansonia also showed improvement with 1,828.
“Last week was our best score of the year,” Ansonia coach T. J. Phlipot said. “This week was our second best score of the season. We talked about before the match about improving our game and not worrying about the score.”
Individual scoring for Ansonia was: Jordan Campbell 139, 164; Madison Stover 131, 166; Meghan Wilson 132, 113; Becca Thornhill 103; Katlynn Yeagle 93; Molly Walls 95; Audrey Kelly 75.
Ansonia joins a quartet of teams at 2-7 in conference play and is 3-8 overall on the season.
Mississinawa Valley was involved in a very tight match with Marion Local. After the two team games were completed the Lady Flyers held a 116 pin advantage. This left the five alternating player baker games to play. The Lady Blackhawks won each of the five games to come from behind and win the match 2,078-2,042.
“I told them how proud I was of them when they were down, that they kept digging and digging,” Mississinawa Valley coach Mike Warren said. “This was one of our better scores of the year.”
Individual scoring for Mississinawa Valley was: Kayla Harris 159, 123; Payton Reichard 127, 153; Tiffany Westfall 167, 101; Audree Weimer 128, 120; Spencer Warren 179.
The Lady Blackhawks moved their record to 5-4 in the conference and 5-6 for the year.
Versailles entered Saturday in second place in the Southern Division, trying to at least maintain that spot for this upcoming Saturday’s divisional playoffs in Lima, and this they accomplished that by defeating Fort Recovery 2,247-1,749.
“It’s tough, never easy here at Coldwater,” Versailles coach Tyler Phlipot said. “The lanes are always tough. We started out slow and finished strong. We improved 100 pins from the first to the second game. The girls are starting to click as they stay positive and believe in themselves.”
The Lady Tigers finished the regular season with an 8-1 conference mark and 8-3 overall.
Individual scoring for Versailles was: Morgan Barlage 154, 178; Hannah Niekamp 145, 172; Olivia Bruening 147; Morgan Heitkamp 126.
The teams now will play in the WOHSBC divisional playoffs on Saturday at Westgate Lanes in Lima at 9:45 a.m. followed by the Ohio High School Athletic Association sectional tournament on Feb. 11.