Garden City High School’s girls bowling team continued to strike down their Western Athletic Conference opponents on Thursday with a blowout of Liberal in a road dual at Ayr Lanes in Liberal.
The Buffs’ girls won all 11 points of the WAC match, and have now won 42 of a possible 44 points in their four league matches to date.
On the boys side, the Buffs went 4-7 against their Redskin counterparts, a marked improvement from the 1-10 score at home just a couple of weeks prior.
“Scores were not as high as you’d like, but the lanes were oilier than they were even in Wichita last weekend,” GCHS head coach Kip Nichols said. “The first game scores were really low, but then the kids made good adjustments and we improved considerably.”
The Buffs’ girls captured all six top spots, including the three medalists, as Faith Whited led the way with a 532 in the three-game team series portion of the competition. Ryleigh Whitehurst was right behind at 528 and Karly Larson was third with a 521 series.
“The girls continue to bowl well, and have consistently been close to each other,” Nichols said of his squad that was coming off a big win at the 30-team Great Plains Invitational in Wichita on Friday and are the defending Class 6A state champs.
Alexis Leon, Angelina Leeper and Emilee Giger also finished ahead of Liberal’s No. 1 bowler, taking all six top spots for the day.
“The shots began to roll better, and they made better choices on how to slow things down and let the ball work for them,” Nichols said.
On the boys side, Brayden Bickett was the top Buffs’ bowler, finishing with a 615 series (187-201-227), taking second overall. Aaron Schafer was the next top GCHS bowler with a 591 series (178-226-187), putting him in third for the day.
Two of the four points won the by the Buffs came in the three-game series, losing game one by nearly 100 pins, rallying to win the second by about the same and then squeaking out a win in the third game.
After losing that first game 823-705, the Buffs won the next two 839-737 and 784-742.
In the Baker format (five bowlers roll two frames each, but not consecutively), the boys struggled, dropping all three games (191-225, 161-215, 173-199). Liberal won the overall pin count 2941-2853.
The Buffs will return to the lanes on Tuesday when they travel to Great Bend for a 3 p.m. WAC match. They will close out their home slate on Feb. 8 against Dodge City.