CHS girls third at state

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Members of the Carrollton girls bowling team in the state bowling tournament.

By Carol McIntire
Carrollton garnered its best finish in school history at the girls state bowling tournament March 3 with a third place finish in Division II competition.
The Warriors qualified for the championship round in second place, 40 pins ahead of the Conotton Valley Rockets (3,235- 3,195), the team that swept the district and sectional championships on the way to a state berth, and 92 pins behind Triway (3,327- 3,235).
In the eight-team championship bracket, the Warriors faced off against No. 6, St. Paris Graham, in the best of five Baker games. It took all five games for a winner to be determined, with Carrollton winning the first 183-163, St. Paris the second 243-147 and third 152-146, before the Warriors rallied to win the fourth 190-158 and the fifth 212-162 to advance to the semifinal round.
That’s where the Warriors met their cross-county partners, the Conotton Valley Rockets.
“We wanted to meet them in the championship, not the semifinal round,” said Carrollton Coach Wendy Russell after the Rockets won the first two games, 192-157, 163-161, Carrollton the third 213-146, and the Rockets the fourth 176-172 to clinch a berth in the state championship round.
“There’s nobody else I’d rather lose to,” Russell said. “Super great group and a lot of talent there.”
Russell was proud of the performance of her squad, which posted a score of 953 in the first round of regulation, followed by an 825 in the second round and 916 in the third for a 2,694 score. The Warriors added Baker game scores of 177, 195 and 169 for a 541 Baker total and a team total of 3,235, which qualified the squad for the championship round in second place. The top eight teams in the field of 16 teams qualified for the championship.
“The team surprises me every year with the way they gel together,” Russell said. “Today, they started out with that 935 game just like last week (in district competition) then the second game was a little rough, just like last week, and then they came back and shot over 900 again. I am so proud of them.”
Individually, senior Madi Bittaker led the way with a 17th place finish. She laid down games of 181, 183 and 204 for a 566 series. Junior Zoey Elliott followed in the 21st slot 562 (173, 164, 225); senior Joline Greaves 22nd 560 (224, 151, 185); senior Aubrey Taylor 47th 503 (190, 159, 154); and junior Abby Natcher 49th 501 (185, 168, 148).

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