The Garden City High School bowling teams battled rough lane conditions as well as Liberal in Tuesday’s WAC Dual at Ayr Lanes in Liberal.
The girls team struggled early in the first game — where the four best individual scores of six bowlers are counted — but managed to win over their WAC rivals, before making a few adjustments and dominating play the rest of the way, earning all 11 of the possible team points in the process.
The boys, however, feel behind Liberal early and never quite found the right adjustments as they lost two of the three team games and all three baker format games, garnering just two teams points of the 11 possible.
A year ago, the Buffalo girls won 80 of the possible 87 points in WAC play, head coach Kip Nichols said, so winning all 11 in the WAC opener put them on track to repeat that performance.
“It was a good start,” Nichols said. “We knew the shot was going to be tough, and the girls did struggle some, but we got to make some adjustments.”
After winning the first game with a 643, they blew open the scoring with a 722 in game 2 and a 780 in game 3. In the baker format games — where five bowlers bowl 10 frames — the Buffs easily won each.
Ryleigh Whitehurst — making her season debut — had the best day for the Buffs and in the dual, posting a 530 in her individual games. And that came after struggled out of the gate with a 124.
“One adjustment made all the difference in the world for Ryleigh,” Nichols said.
Faith Whited had the next best score in the dual with a 516 and Angelina Leeper posted a 513 to round out the top three medals.
The boys, meanwhile, struggled early, and then ran into a red-hot Liberal team later on as they managed just two points. They managed just a 695 in their first game, losing to Liberal’s 757, before winning the second game, 712-663. The Buffs even improved in the third game, posting a 740, but Liberal rebounded with a 750 to win those two points.
In the baker format, Liberal nearly posted a perfect game 1, recording just a 9-spare in the first frame, before breaking off 11-straight strikes to score a 290 and dominate the Buffs’ otherwise solid score of 193.
Liberal parlayed that into two more wins in the other two baker format games, leaving the Buffs with just the two points.
“The bright spot for us today was Brayden Bickett,” Nichols said, as Bickett took third in the dual with an individual score of 551.