SMYRNA Both Gallatin High and Hendersonville’s girls bowling teams had hopes of a region-tournament berth, but both teams watched those hopes vanish in the District 12 Tournament semifinals on Tuesday afternoon at Smyrna Bowling Center.
The Lady Wave suffered a 20-7 loss to defending district champion Wilson Central, while Hendersonville suffered a 16-11 setback at the hands of Lebanon.
The Lady Commandos (12-8) entered the final game of the match tied at 8-8 and with a chance to advance, but Lebanon won the final game by 81 pins, earning two points for the higher pinfall total in the game.
Lebanon also had the higher pinfall total in the match, with those three points clinching the match for the Lady Devils.
“The first game, it was 4-4,” Hendersonville coach Anthony Butera said. “(After) the second game, it was 8-8. It was neck and neck.”
Madison Dove won all three of her individual games in the match, the only Lady Commando to do so.
Hendersonville won four of the six individual pairings in each of the first two games, but Lebanon collected a higher total pinfall to keep the match tied after both games.
“It was really close to the end, and it came down to pins,” Hendersonville senior Michaela Moore said. “This year’s been really fun. It’s been all of us hanging out, trying to do our best and encourage each other and improve each other. It’s been a really good year.”
Moore had Hendersonville’s high series with a 403, while sophomore Jayce Russum had the high game with a 187 in the final game.
“I’m a little emotional right now,” Butera said. “I wanted to coach this team, because I was on it from (2004) through (2008). It’s a good group of girls.”
Hendersonville will return almost every starter for next season as only one Lady Commando will graduate.
“We’re building for next year,” Butera said. “We’re only losing one senior – (Moore) – and we’ve got everybody else coming back.”
Gallatin (7-9) won three of six individual pairings in each of the first two games but watched as Wilson Central collected the two-point bonus for total pinfall in both games to take a 10-6 lead into the final game.
Sophomore Brianna Buckhannon was the only Lady Wave bowler to win all three of her individual games. She finished with a three-game series of 473, boosted by a 184 in the third game.
“We had a group of girls that wanted to come together and were a little more active than they were in the past,” Gallatin coach Don Borders said. “I saw some of them who really put their heart into it today.”
Senior Tessa Fralinger won two of three games for the Lady Wave.
Rickie Denson rolled a 547 series for Wilson Central, with a high game of 200 in the third game.
Gallatin will have to replace the majority of its roster.
“We had eight bowlers this year, and we’re losing five of them,” Borders said. “(Dalton Clapper is) the only one who’s been with us for four years.”
Russum was named the District 12 Girls Most Improved Bowler, improving her overall average by 44 pins from last season.
The top four averages from the regular season in each district, plus the next 12 best averages statewide, qualify for the individual state tournament. Beech senior Shea McPherson (185.02) had the third-best average in District 12 to qualify for the state tournament.
Station Camp junior Katelyn Gallagher (177.08), Beech senior Jessica Ezell (170.56) and Portland junior Kaleigh Verran (170.15) held the next three best averages in the district and could qualify as wild cards. State qualifiers are scheduled to be announced on Wednesday.
Wilson Central defeated Lebanon to win the District 12 championship.
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District 12 Girls Semifinals
Wilson Central girls 19, Gallatin 8
GALLATIN (801) – Dalton Clapper 146, Katie Loveall 146, MacKensie McKee 90, Alejah Love 109, Tessa Fralinger 105, Brianna Buckhannon 151.
WILSON CENTRAL (656) – Kayla Hubbuch 187, Kristin Sheffield 103, Rickie Denson 171, Michelle Boudreaux 130, Kristen Fredricks 97, Megan Metz 127.
GALLATIN (827) – Clapper 96, Loveall 137, McKee 124, Loveall 103, Fralinger 135, Buckhannon 138.
WILSON CENTRAL (555) – Hubbuch 181, Boudreaux 116, Denson 176, Sheffield 148, Kristina Walls 115, Metz 130.
GALLATIN (618) – Clapper 131, Loveall 109, McKee 130, Samantha Cuebas 104, Fralinger 98, Buckhannon 184.
WILSON CENTRAL (625) – Hubbuch 165, Boudreaux 116, Denson 200, Sheffield 128, Rachel Fox 101, Metz 140.
Total pinfall: 2,164-1,741, Wilson Central.
Lebanon girls 16, Hendersonville 11
HENDERSONVILLE (724) – Alisha Kauffman 103, Mary Grace Bastin 96, Cheyanne Hill 111, Michaela Moore 134, Jaycie Russum 120, Madisen Dove 160.
LEBANON (823) – Hattie Isham 143, Amber Brakefield 87, Lindsay Manning 199, Emily Lee 121, Skyann Wiley 118, Delilah Henning 155.
HENDERSONVILLE (763) – Kauffman 147, Bastin 121, Hill 111, Moore 136, Russum 132, Dove 116.
LEBANON (769) – Isham 105, Lacoda Goodwin 96, Manning 190, Lee 119, Wiley 154, Henning 105.
HENDERSONVILLE (749) – Kaffman 107, Bastin 101, Hill 96, Moore 133, Russum 187, Dove 125.
LEBANON (830) – Isham 106, Lee 116, Goodwin/Amber Brakefield 171, Manning 192, Wiley 139, Henning 106.
Total pinfall: 2,422-2,236, Lebanon.