Tigerette bowlers make history with first region berth
The Marshall County High School girls bowling team etched its mark in the history books on Thursday at the Tenn Pin Alley in Columbia when they reached the finals of the District 8 Bowling Tournament.
“They are super excited, they have worked hard all year,” MCHS assistant coach Curtis Self said. “Last year they came in as the number-one seed and they just weren’t used to that spot and faltered in the second round against Lawrence County.”
“This year they came back a lot more confident, a lot more ready for the experience, and they were just ready, they were there.”
The Tigerettes finished in second place behind Lawrence County to clinch a berth at the Divison I Region 4 Tournament at Smyrna Bowling Lanes on Monday.
“It was a very close match and the girls played really hard,” Self said. “Some of the girls were battling through injuries and they still came back.”
“Lawrence County had some really good carries in that last game there and we had some bad carries where we just couldn’t carry some of our spares and if we did, I think we would have come out on top.”
Second-seeded Marshall County took down fifth-seeded Columbia Academy 21-6 in round one as they swept all three games in the series.
Marshall County scored 956 pins in the first game as Tori Jordan tossed a game-high 182 for the Tigerettes with Alexia Udell one pin behind her teammate at 181.
In game two, MCHS won a close 888-838 match with Abby Self rolling a 184 and her sister Emma two pins behind at 182.
The Tigerettes closed out the Lady Bulldogs with an 887-849 win over CA as Jordan caught fire with a 200 game and Abby Self was not far behind at 190.
MCHS took on Spring Hill in the semifinals and the match was neck-and-neck the entire way.
After the three-game set, the two squads were tied at 13 ˝ with the match being decided on total pin falls and the Tigerettes winning 2,722-2,600.
Jordan rolled a 195 to lead the game one score sheet with Abby Self totaling 185.
Alexia Udell turned it up in game two, leading Marshall County with a 205, while Abby Self was second again at 161.
Udell also led MCHS in the third game with a 162 and the Self sisters tied for second with a pair of 146’s.
Top-seeded Lawrence County took the upper hand in the district final as they beat the Tigerettes 982-916 in the first game as all six Lady Wildcats rolled over a 140 total.
Jordan had a 173 for the Tigerettes with Abby Self one pin behind.
In game two, MCHS came back with a 1,025-968 win as Abby Self came up with her first 200 game of the day, scoring a 202 and Alexia Udell was second with a 182.
Alexia Udell finished the tournament with a bang, rolling a team-high 212 in the third game and Emma Self was also on fire with a 191, but it was not enough to defeat the Lady Wildcats.
“Last year they put so much pressure on themselves, especially coming in as the number-one seed,” Self said. “This year coming in as the two-seed they were kind of the underdog and they did not have near the pressure and they just enjoyed the environment and the event.”
“We will do another practice before the regionals and I expect we will come in ready and this will help them a lot going into the tournament.”
On the boys side, the Tigers came in as the fifth seed and took on third-seeded Franklin County in the opening round.
It was a close match the entire way as the two squads battled to a 4-4 tie after the first game as three Tiger bowlers broke the 190 mark with Jovane Garcia rolling a 198, while Michael Taylor and Jace Fear rolled 191’s.
The Rebels had three bowlers break 200 in the second game and edged ahead 9-7.
In the third game Fears came up with a big 203 and the Tigers scored 5 ˝ points, but it was not enough as Franklin County took the all-important three points on total pin falls and advanced to the semifinals.
The Lawrence County boys completed the Wildcat sweep when they took down Columbia Central 19-8 in the finals.
Marshall County 21, Columbia Academy 6
Marshall County (956)
Columbia Academy (778)
Marshall County (888)
Columbia Academy (838)
Marshall County (887)
Columbia Academy (849)
Marshall County 13 ˝, Spring Hill 13 ˝ (Total Pins: Marshall County 2,722, Spring Hill 2,600)
Marshall County (955)
Spring Hill (815)
Marshall County (907)
Spring Hill (906)
Marshall County (860)
Spring Hill (879)
Lawrence County 17, Marshall County 10
Marshall County (916)
Lawrence County (982)
Marshall County (1025)
Lawrence County (968)
Marshall County (959)
Lawrence County (1023)
Franklin County 14 ˝, Marshall County 12 ˝
Marshall County (1103)
Marshall County (1039)
Franklin County (1051)
Marshall County (1069)
Franklin County (1027)