BLUE ASH — For the first time since 2007, the Wilmington High School girls bowling team has advanced to the district tournament.
Led by Chasity Asher, the Lady Hurricane finished fourth Wednesday in the Division I Sectional tournament at Crossgate Lanes.
“Conditions were very tough but the girls managed to bowl very well,” WHS coach Josh Fisher said.
Wilmington had a team pinfall total of 3,054. Glen Este was the sectional champion and was followed by Milford and Lebanon.
Asher led WHS with 498 series, that included games of 155, 198 and 145.
Sarah Waln had 483 (168, 157, 158) and Katie Hottinger shot 482 (137, 193, 152). Sydney Shumaker came in with a 409 series, with games of 117, 168 and 124. Melanie Taylor had 134 and 149. The other single game was a 106 which included a sub.
“After one game we were sitting in the seventh spot with a 683,” Fisher said.
Then WHS caught fire, posting the best second game of the tournament with an 850, Fisher said.. Asher had 198, Hottinger 193 and Shumaker 168 to top the scoring list. That moved the Lady Hurricane into fourth place.
A 728 in the third game allowed WHS to maintain its fourth place standing going into the baker games.
In the bakers, Wilmington had a 793 total in six games, 138, 136, 118, 155, 107, 139. It was in that fourth baker game of 155 where Fisher brought a couple players off the bench.
“We brought off the bench Maddie Spangler and Harlee Pringle for a little spark and they bowled their best baker game of the day,” Fisher said.