Girls Varsity Bowling
Alton’s Westbrook rallies for 28th at state tourney
Pete Hayes, email@example.com
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Alton bowler Ashley Westbrook finished 28th among individuals Saturday at the IHSA Girls State Bowling Tournament at The Cherry Bowl in Rockford.
Alton’s Ashley Westbrook came started strong on Day 2 of the IHSA Girls State Bowling Tournament, but a low score starting the afternoon session was too difficult to overcome.
But she rallied and still placed 28th overall out of 72 individual bowlers at The Cherry Bowl in Rockford.
“She was really doing well after the morning ession,” Alton bowling team coach Dave Meyer said of Westbrook. “She was 17th and only about 20 pins out of the top 12, which would earn a medal.”
Westbrook, a senior, had a strong morning session. It started with her high game for the day, a 246. She followed that with a 217 and a 191.
But after the lunch break, Westbrook rolled a 139, which dropped her from 17th place down to 33rd. But she rallied with a 216 and finished with a 181 for a total two-day pinfall of 2,382 and a 198.5 average.
“I think somebody must’ve told her wher she was in the stahdings,” Meyer said. “We never discuss it with our bowlers. They really don’t want to know.
“If you start thinking too much about that, you try too hard. Your grip on the ball changes and it can be a problem.
“But even though she dropped down, she regrouped and moved back up.”
Westbrook had advanced to the second day of the two-day tourney by finishing 29th overall Friday and 12th among the individual bowlers not on advancing teams. Saturday, she moved up two spots to 10th among bowler not from advancing teams.
“Ashley had a great season and a very exciting last two weeks with the regional and sectional,” Meyer said. “She did a great job and I’m very proud of her.”
Meanwhile, Edwardsville senior Sydney Sahuri finsihed 57th overall with 2,241 pins and a 186.8 average Saturday. Her high game was a 235 in the fifth game. Her low game was a 161 in her first of the morning session.
Rebecca Haderman of Harlem was the individual state champion with a two-day total of 2,670. Laruen Tomazszewski was second with1,552.
O’Fallon won the team state championship, getting past runner-up Machesney Park Harlem. O’Fallon had 2,938 ins Saturday and a two-day total of 12,122. Harlem had 2,899 Saturday and a total of 12,024. Minooka took the third -place trophy with 11,856 pins.
“We took a picture of all the Southwestern Conference girls,” Meyer said. “They all advanced to Day 2 at the state tournaemnt, and that is something to be proud of.
“Ashley and all the girls did a great job. They were representing not only their schools, but also our conference and the southern part of the state.”