Marshall Co. teams bowled over in district tourney
Lawrence County knocked both Marshall County bowling teams out of the District 8 tournament in the first round on Monday morning, as the Lady Wildcats defeated the Tigerettes 18-9 while the Wildcats thumped a shorthanded Tiger squad 26-1 at Galaxy Lanes in Columbia.
Led by Brittany Peters, who finished with the fifth highest scoring average in the District, the Lady Wildcats (6-7) won 11 out of the 18 individual games in the match and received four bonus points for having the highest pin total in two out of the three sets. Lawrence County also collected an additional three bonus points at the end of the match for having the higher overall pin total (2,387-2,170).
'A lot of fun'
"It was a close game. If we would have bowled better in the first set it would have been even closer. We had a lot of new girls on the team this year and they had a lot of fun," said MCHS coach Alex Phelps.
Having finished with the highest scoring average on the team this season, Tigerette senior McKenzie Anderson ended her career with a flourish, as she finished with a three-game pin total of 460 while winning all three of her matches.
"It was her last match today and I knew she wanted to do well. She finished strong and I'm proud of her," said Phelps.
Ashton Watkins followed Anderson with a 376 and Jacey Perryman (one point) rolled a 354. Brittany Hill (one point) also tallied a 339 for Marshall County (3-10), while Mary Adams (one point) and Grace Medley (one point) notched a 327 and a 314 respectively.
Peters was the standout of the match for the Lady Wildcats and rolled a 482 en route to winning all three of her games. Victoria French (three points) also turned in a strong performance and tallied a 462, while Dakota Butler (two points) recorded a 381. Mikayla Matthews (two points) notched a 362 as well and Brooke Woodall bowled a 356. Amber Smith (one point) competed in two games for Lawrence County and finished with a 223 before being replaced in the third set by Hannah Nelson, who registered a 121 in her lone game.
With the Tigers (2-11) fielding only four bowlers instead of the usual six, the Wildcats (9-4) had little trouble disposing of MCHS in the boys match, as they won 17 of the 18 individual games while earning all nine bonus points.
Hagen Holland was Marshall County's top performer and accounted for the Tigers' lone point of the match after finishing with a three-game total of 537. Brandon Hill also broke the 500-pin mark and followed Holland with a 508, while Damian Richard and Kasey Beard tallied a 460 and a 364 respectively.
"We were shorthanded today, but I have a couple of kids that bowled well that are coming back next year. I'm looking forward to next season," said Phelps.
Peyton Buie (two points) was the lone Lawrence County bowler to compete in all three sets and rolled a 490. Keaven Cannon (two points) was the only other Wildcat player to break the 400-pin mark and rolled a 449 in just two games, while Gunner Williams (two points) and Logan Kerr (two points) both tallied a 395.