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Bowling: Duchesses' strong second and third games sink Sterling

DIXON – The Dixon girls bowling team led Sterling by two pins after the first game on Monday at Plum Hollow.

But strong showings across the board for the Duchesses in the second and third games lifted Dixon to a 3,076-2,662 win over the Golden Warriors.

Dixon led Sterling 951-949 after the first slate of games, with Dixon’s Tianna Bryson pacing the Duchesses with a 191 and Kylie Bresley pacing Sterling with a 201.

But Tori Baker then started off her second game with strikes in each of the first six frames before an eight in her seventh frame. She finished that game with a 219, then followed it up with a 200 third game for a 580 series.

“My ball was getting into my pocket and it just worked well,” she said. “I just worked on getting my ball into my arrow.”

While Baker had a strong start to her second game, teammate Kerina Gray had a strong finish. She picked up spares on three of the first four frames of the second game before rolling strikes on the next four. She finished with a 228 in that game and a 516 series.

Dixon (7-1) as a team rolled a 1,069 for the second game, followed by a 1,056 for the third.

“There were able to repeat the shot, and that’s kind of been our struggle,” Dixon coach Larry LaCoursiere said. “You have to be able to throw the ball the same way more than twice in a row, and they were finally able to repeat the shot.”

Bryson finished with a 523 series with 191 games bookending her day. Riley Kavanaugh had a 521 series, with her strongest game coming first with a 189. Kaylie Yocum had a 472 series, finishing strong with a 186 third game. Kaitlyn Hansen had a 464 series.

“We were throwing a little bit better first balls,” LaCoursiere said. “The first game we missed some spares that maybe we should not have missed. Second game, they picked it up and started making those spares, and that made the difference. You can’t just leave easy pins out on the lane.”

Sterling (3-7) was led by Grace Schultz, who had a 194 first game followed by games of 156 and 178 for a 528 series.

“I think just experience [was working for her],” Sterling coach Loren Wolf said. “Speed was the main thing, she kept the speed up and it kept her in there.”

Kylie Bresley had a 201 first game, the lone Warrior to top 200 for a game, and finished with a 519 series.

Zoey Paone had a 478 series with games of 120, 188 and 170. Her second game saw her unable to pick up a spare in the first frame before spares in the second and third frames, then leaving a pin standing in the fourth.

“It was just a really rough day overall,” she said. “There were just a lot of mistakes made and a lot of things that could be improved. More of my stuff today was just behind the lines, everything leading up to throwing my ball that caused me to miss my target, so I was just inconsistent.”

Sterling also got a 417 from Elayna Felder, a 405 from Hannah Conderman and a 315 from Katelynn Garcia.

“We had a good first game and most of them were way over their average, three of them especially,” Wolf said. “We’re starting to see signs of some improvement. We’ve been improving all year.”

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