YAKIMA - Despite one of their top performances of the season, the Lady Grizzlies dropped a competitive 3-1 decision to the Selah High School girls bowling team yesterday afternoon.
Three of Sunnyside's bowers topped the two-game 300 plateau in Thursday's match at Minda Lanes, the first time that feat has been accomplished this year. The Vikings countered, however, with three bowlers of their own tallying 300 or more pins in total pinfall in the opening two games to squeak out the victory.
Sunnyside received a pair of strong efforts in game one from senior Amanda Villarreal and sophomore Johanna Chumley, who had efforts of 179 and 175, respectively. But, with Taylor Jones, Emily Imbery and Ashley Baughman rolling games of 175, 174 and 162, Selah went on to score a tight 784-764 win.
Rounding out the individual scores for Selah in the opener were Kaiti Dell and Ceci Estela with performances of 137 and 136. Besides the two 170-plus games Sunnyside got from Villarreal and Chumley in the first contest, the Lady Grizzlies also had individual efforts of 149, 144 and 117 from Adriana Lopez, YaYa Gonzalez and Roza Garza.
Game two saw Sunnyside roar back in a big way, as the Lady Grizzlies notched a 760-694 win. Leading the charge were Garza and Chumley with performances of 187 and 164, respectively. Also contributing to the victory were Villarreal (145), Lopez (137) and Gonzalez (127).
Selah's best individual performance in game two came from Jones, who tossed a 169. Baughman added a 160 for the Vikes, but none of the three other Selah bowlers shot anything higher than a 126.
The Vikings regained the momentum, and went ahead 2-1 in the match, by eking out a 168-160 victory in the first of the two Baker games.
In Baker bowling, each girl on the five-person squad alternates taking turns throughout the 10 frames.
Selah wrapped up the team victory by claiming a 152-97 decision in the second Baker game.
Thursday's loss to Selah dropped the Lady Grizzlies' overall record on the year to 3-5. Sunnyside has one more match scheduled prior to the holiday break, that set for next Tuesday at Yakima's Nob Hill Lanes against the West Valley Rams.