On a day when scores were surprisingly low, O'Fallon sophomore Madison Kasza came up big Saturday at the Alton Sectional at Bowl Haven Lanes.
Kasza had the high game of the day with a 269 and finished her six-game session with a total of 1,240 pins, as the Panthers nipped Southwestern Conference rivals Collinsville and Alton for the team championship.
Jordan Kasza paced the O'Fallon attack with a 1,258 score, while younger sister Madison Kasza and Raven LeFlore (1,048) also pitched in for the Panthers, who finished with 5,552 pins, four more than Collinsville (5,548) and 29 more than third-place Alton (5,523).
Herrin placed fourth with 5,378 pins. All four teams will advance to the girls state bowling tournament, on Friday and Saturday at Cherry Bowl in Rockford.
While the team championship was up for grabs until the last frame, so was the individual title where Belleville East sophomore Katey Sauerwein won the crown with a total of 1,261 pins, three more than Jordan Kasza.
Sauerwein, who averages just over 210 for her six games, also will advance to state. Triad junior Michelle Fresen also qualified as an individual, finishing the day with 1,182 pins.
Regional champion Courtney Otradovec (1,221) led the way for Collinsville. Freshman Madisyn Juenger (1,196) also had a good day for the Kahoks.
West finished seventh in the 12-team tournament with a score of 5,245, followed by Waterloo (5,235), Triad (5,209), Columbia (5,148) and Highland (4,789).