There was no waving of the white flag for the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team this time around against the West Valley Rams.
In the two teams' earlier match-up this season, back on Nov. 8 in the season opener for both clubs, Sunnyside meekly succumbed to the Rams, losing by a 3-1 score. This past Tuesday at Sunnyside's Valley Lanes, however, the Lady Grizzlies gave West Valley's keglers all they could handle.
After fighting to a 2-2 standoff, total pinfall came into play to decide Tuesday's outcome. Unfortunately for the host Lady Grizzlies, West Valley amassed 28 more pins than Sunnyside in the four-game match to squeak out the nail-biter.
The Lady Grizzlies, behind Johanna Chumley's 159 and a 144 rolled by Adriana Lopez, clipped West Valley in game one Tuesday, 661-645. The Rams' Ally DeLozier had the top individual effort in the opener, a 171, but no one else on West Valley's five-girl team could manage anything better than a 134.
The second heads-up contest, thanks to a pair of 165's shot by Summer Himrod and Blaire Crutchley, went West Valley's way by a 729-684 score. Sunnyside received a balanced effort from its five team members in game two - as Chumley, Brianna Esqueda and Lopez tallied scores of 147, 146 and 145, with Shantana Schneider and Maria Casas adding games of 134 and 112, respectively.
The Lady Grizzly bowlers forged a 2-1 lead in the match by winning the first of the two Baker games, 163-139.
In the Baker format each member of the five-girl squad alternates taking shots through a 10-frame game.
The Rams countered with a 157-134 win in the second Baker game to knot things up at 2-2.
That sent the outcome to total pinfall - adding up the team scores in the two heads-up games and the two Baker contests. West Valley ultimately triumphed by a total pinfall count of 1670-1642.
Sunnyside could take some solace Tuesday in that its JV team prevailed by a 3-1 score over the junior varsity Rams. Elixis Lepe led the charge for the JV Lady Grizzlies with games of 157-115. Teammate Naomi Valencia added games of 126-120.
The SHS bowling team is scheduled to host the Davis Pirates this afternoon (Thursday) at 2 p.m., and will then compete in an exhibition match this coming Friday against Sunnyside High School staff members.