By Mark Jurgena
It was a tough week for the Collinsville girls bowling team as they battled through a great deal of adversity to come out with a solid finish at the 23-team Carterville High School girls Invitational.
CHS had the top score in the morning, nudging out the host school by five pins as they had consistent sets of 874, 888, and 870 in the morning however in the Baker finals they lost to the Lions by a 371-331 count.
Carterville would go on to beat Belleville East in the semifinals and Salem to claim the championship.
Taylor Mordis was the top Kahok of the day firing a 553 series to finish in eighth place.
“It was good to see her claim a medal,” said Hay.
Kahok Laila Jaoko came in 13th place with a 540 series while Livia Montgomery was in 16th place with a 533 set.
Caici Buckman rolled a set of 513 and Emily Dahl had a two game score of 357.
Cindy Freeman shot a 136 during her only game of the day.
“Cindy Freeman is looking better now than I’ve seen her in her entire career of bowling,” said Hay. “She’s started to put in strikes so I’m really excited to see how things continue for her.”
Brooke Kochel of Carbondale won the individual title with a 703 series including a perfect 300 game in her second game of the day.
CHS 38 Belleville West 2
Collinsville swamped their SWC rival on Jan. 4 at Camelot Lanes.
Jaoko led the attack with a 697 series including a final game of 279. She also fired 231 in her second game. Tottleben also had a fine day with a 613 series including games of 236 and 211.
The 279 registered by Jaoko is tied for the highest in the conference this season with Tottleben.
Collinsville was defeated by Belleville East on Jan. 5 in another conference matchup.
Tottleben, Jaoko, and Caici Buckman all had a pair of 200-plus games on the afternoon.
Jaoko rolled a 247 and a 216 while Buckman had high games of 226 and 216.
Tottleben fired a 216 and a 200.
Collinsville faced Edwardsville and O’Fallon earlier this week, however results were unavailable at press time. They will meet Alton on Monday at Camelot Bowl.