Monday’s Girls Bowling: W.F. West Whips Warriors

By The Chronicle

The Bearcats emerged from their holiday hibernation and didn’t miss a beat on Monday on their way to an 18-1 victory over Rochester in 2A Evergreen Conference play here at Fairway Lanes.

That well rested W.F. West squad, which hadn’t rolled the round rock for real since a Dec. 12 meeting with the Warriors that ended with an identical outcome. This time around W.F. West bested the Warriors with 2028 total pins compared to 1449 pins and Bearcat coach Donnie Bunker said Monday’s match was his team’s best performance of an already successful season.

“The team was really firing on all cylinders which is what we want as we head towards the playoffs,” said Bunker. “We still have to clean up our Baker games, but our coaching staff is really happy with our consistent improvement.”

Brianna Powe led all bowlers with a cumulative score of 398.

The Bearcats won that first game 5-1 behind Powe’s round of 212 while Ellie Bunker added a score of 204. Emily Holmes-Pickernel of Rochester picked up her team’s lone point with a score of 139.

W.F. West swept the second game and Powe once again leading the way with a round of 186. Kelsey Strimatter finished right behind her teammate with a round of 181 and Leslie Erwin added a score of 166.

The Bearcats won the first Baker game 160-94 and claimed the second conglomerate match 160-108.

“The lanes started to dry out on us and we left some untimely splits, but we did a nice job battling through the Bakers with two solid games,” noted Bunker.

Rochester’s highest scorer on the night was Thaila Phothisat who rolled rounds of 164 and 136.

In junior varsity action Anahbelle Lopez, a W.F. West sophomore, rolled a 186. Bunker touted Lopez’ improvement this season and her potential to contribute to the Bearcats varsity in the future.

“Anahbelle is one if the hardest workers on the team,” noted Bunker. “She has converted herself into a two-handed bowler and has been lighting it up in practice with 200 games. “

W.F. West (9-1, 6-1 conference) will bowl at Aberdeen on Wednesday and then will travel to Black HIlls on Monday. Rochester (2-10, 2-4 conference) will host Tumwater on Wednesday and then travel to Montesano on Monday.

At Fairway Lanes

BEARCATS 18, WARRIORS 1

Rochester (1449) — Zee Lowry (114, 107), Emily Holmes-Pickernell (139, 110), Sarah Soderback (129, 109), Amerika Jones (111, 134), Thaila Phothisat (164, 136)

W.F. West (2028) — Brianna Powe (212, 186), Kelsey Stritmatter (133, 181), Jessica Loflin (168, 128), Leslie Erwin (175, 166), Ellie Bunker (204, 158)

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