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Sunnyside girls take Rams down to the wire

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.

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