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Girls Bowling: Lady Bulldogs crush Shells, Panthers

Highland senior MaKayla Smith led the Lady Bulldogs to a pair of commanding victories over Roxana and Jerseyville on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Highland senior MaKayla Smith led the Lady Bulldogs to a pair of commanding victories over Roxana and Jerseyville on Tuesday and Wednesday. News Leader

The Highland High School girls bowling team overwhelmed two opponents last week in home matches at Poplar Junction Lanes.

First on Tuesday, Highland cracked the Roxana Shells 39 to 1. Then on Wednesday, the Lady Bulldogs mauled the Jerseyville Panthers 33.5 to 6.5.

The two wins lifted Highland’s overall record to 7-1 while the victory over Jerseyville hiked the Lady Bulldogs’ Mississippi Valley Division mark to 5-1. The girls will have a big match today at Waterloo, which is the only team to hand the home team a defeat this season.

In the commanding win over the Panthers on Wednesday of last week, Highland swept all 20 team points and took 13.5 of the 20 individual points. The Lady Bulldogs won the match’s total pin count, 2,631 to 2,410.

HHS sophomore Emma Schuster bowled the match’s best series with a 575 (201, 191, 183) while senior MaKayla Smith rolled the match’s highest individual game with a 227 opening game. Smith also contributed a 191 second game.

Also adding good games for Highland were senior Gina Zbinden (191, 168), senior Liz Arend (182) and senior Lexi Korte (174, 171, 170).

The JV Lady Bulldogs remained undefeated at 7-0 overall and 6-0 in the division with a 7-0 blanking of Jerseyville. High games for HHS’ JV were shot by Kali Rutz (196), Molli Pfister (195) and Megan O’Brien (185).

In the lopsided triumph over Roxana, Highland clinched all 20 of the team points and all but one of the 20 individual points. The Lady Bulldogs won the match’s total pin count by a whopping 731 pins, 2,595 to 1,864.

Smith again helped paved the way for victory with the match’s superior series at 594. Her 257 second game also ranked first in the match and ninth best on HHS’ all-time top-10 individual games list. Smith also had a 167 first game and a 170 third game.

Also shooting good games for the Lady Bulldogs were Schuster (205, 177), Zbinden (205, 166, 160) and Korte (196).

On Dec. 23 at the Alton Invitational Bowling Tournament on Dec. 23 at Airport Bowl in Bethalto, Smith again provided the biggest highlight for the Lady Bulldogs, who ended up finishing in seventh place out of 16 competing squads

Smith garnered a medal for bowling the second highest game of the tournament with a 274 fourth game, which ranks fifth best in Lady Bulldogs program history. Smith also rolled a 183 first game and a 192 third game, and ended up coming in 15th place out of 128 total competitors in the field with a six-game series of 1,122.

Highland’s next best finisher was Korte, who finished 23rd at 1,044. She bowled high games of 193, 189, 184 and 177.

Other good games for the Lady Bulldogs in the tourney were shot by Schuster (204, 186, 162), Zbinden (181), Arend (177, 162) and senior Jennifer O’Brien (168, 162).

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