W.F. West’s Kelsey Stritmatter and Piper Chalmers each bowled a 200-plus game in Game 2 to help the Bearcats earn a 2,121-1,755 win against Mark Morris in a non-league girls bowling match at Fairway Lanes in Centralia on Tuesday.
The Monarchs are the defending state champions and it was a big win for the Bearcats on their home lanes.
“We bowled really well. We bowled great in our two first games but we’ve got to clean up our Baker Games a little bit and so we’ll be practicing those next week and hopefully improve those scores quite a bit,” W.F. West coach Don Bunker said. “There’s room for improvement but I’m really happy. Anytime you score over 2,000 total pins, it’s a successful match from what I’ve seen at the 2A level.”
W.F. West gained an early lead after the first set of individual games, 844-764. Chalmers led the way with a 197, followed by Ellie Bunker bowling a 171. Stritmatter tallied a 166, Jessica Loflin bowled a 160 and Brianna Powe rounded out W.F. West with a 150.
The Bearcats had a solid Game 2 and outscored Mark Morris, 967-724. Stritmatter started the game with four straight strikes and eventually ended with a 224. Chalmers was also in the Thanksgiving spirit with a turkey of her own in the second game and ended up with a 216.
“Don’t mess up and leave a 10-pin,” Chalmers said about her thoughts during her 216 second game.
Powe collected 184 pins, Bunker had a 182 and Loflin finished with a 161 in Game 2.
“They really came out hot. The whole team, we started out with five strikes in that second game,” coach Bunker said. “224, that’s kind of a rebound for Kelsey because she bowled yesterday and struggled a little bit so that was nice to see her turn it right around and Piper has been solid for us all year. For a freshman, she’s coming in like a veteran. It’s really nice to have her on the team.”
In the Baker Games, W.F. West won the first game by a narrow margin, 149-145, and took the win in the second match, 161-122.
Mark Morris’ Hailee Reynolds, who finished ninth at state last year, led the Monarchs with a 186 in the first game and a 225 in the second game.
“Mark Morris has really taken care of us since the first year of our program. They’ve been a dynasty for years,” Bunker said. “Their coaches have come in and kind of helped us get started and they’ve been like big cheerleaders to us the whole time. We beat them once before, it’s always a close match and that’s kind of our goal is to be with those top tier teams in the state.”
The Bearcats (4-0) will have practice surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday and are back in action on Monday, hosting North Thurston in a non-league match.