NORTH BRUNSWICK, NJ – Girl’s bowling teams from Central Jersey gathered at the Brunswick Zone at Route 1 on Saturday to compete in the 2016 NJSIAA Girl’s Bowling Tournament.
At the end of the third game, the top two schools from each group will move forward to the Tournament of Champions on Friday.
In Group I, Manasquan led after the first game with 824 total pins, while Mater Dei Prep from Middletown in Monmouth County came in second with 737.
After finishing the first game, defending Group I champion Saint John Vianney in Holmdel was in fourth place, with 678 and South River rolled 524.
Eight teams make up Group I.
In Group II, the defending sectional champion South Plainfield Lady Tigers opened with a commanding lead in the first game, with 864 total pins, followed by Ocean Township with 726 and Carteret with 722.
John F. Kennedy in Iselin rolled a 615 in the first game.
Nine teams make up Group II.
In the extremely competitive Group III, the Woodbridge Lady Barrons rolled a tournament high 923 in the first game.
With 872 total pins, Edison wasn’t far behind.
Defending Sectional Champion North Brunswick Raiders rolled a 788 in the first game.
Sayreville’s Lady Bombers shot 845 and the Monroe Falcons rolled a 746.
In Group IV action, Defending Sectional Champion Piscataway Chiefs were just outpaced by East Brunswick’s Lady Bears, with a total of 777 total pins, to East Brunswick’s 778.
South Brunswick’s Lady Vikings and the Old Bridge Lady Knights both finished the first game with 723, and 653 respectively.
Moving on to game two, tournament-leading scorer from game one, with 923 pins, Woodbridge fell off the wagon a bit, knocking down only a total of 776 pins in its second game, for a two-game total of 1,699.
It fell from first to fourth place in Group III.
In second place in game one, Edison jumped to group leader after rolling a Group III high score of 924 pins, bringing its subtotal to 1,796.
Freehold Township came in second, with a total pin fall of 1,704, after rolling an 867 in game two.
With a score of 1,700, Sayreville was holding on, only down by a total of four pins.
Manasquan continued to lead for Group I, with a total score of 1,630, after rolling an 806 in game two.
Mater Dei Prep continued to trail behind them with a combined score of 1,551, after scoring 814 points in game two.
South River and South Hunterdon Regional each finished the second game with 1,202, and 1,120 respectively.
Defending Group II Champions, South Plainfield continued its dominance with a subtotal score of 1,631 total pins, after rolling 767 in game two.
Ocean Township knocked down 841 pins in the second game, to give it a total pin fall of 1,567 and John F. Kennedy in Iselin rolled a 508 in the second game, to total at 1,123 pins.
The Howell Rebels led the pin fall for Group IV again during the second game, scoring a total of 1,776 pins, after leading the tournament with a score of 931 in the second game.
After playing a tremendous game, East Brunswick fell in behind the Rebels, with a total of 1,628.
The South Brunswick Vikings moved up to third place after playing a great second game with a score of 808, bringing the team’s subtotal to 1,531.
Piscataway, Old Bridge and John P. Stevens all finished the second game with 1,513, 1,339, and 966 total pins respectively.
Defending Group II Champions South Plainfield won its section again, scoring a total of 2,512.
The Lady Tigers knocked down 881 pins in the third and final game that led the team to a Group II victory.
The Tigers dominated in defense of its Group II sectional title last year, with an outstanding performance by sophomore Lanisha Neal who rolled a 625 series, including a 248 in her first game.
“That really set the tone for the girls,” Coach Brian Panek said. “We had a solid performance from our returning starters and our rookies.”
Neal, who had a high game of 280 during the season, said that she concentrated on her execution.
“I think my ball speed was a bit slow, I had to execute good shots and not be too far outside,” Neal said.
Only 13 pins behind, Ocean Township finished second with a total of 2,499, while
John F. Kennedy in Iselin rolled a 596 in the third game, to bring it to a total of 1,719 pins.
South Plainfield and Ocean Township will return Friday for the Tournament of Champions for Group II.
Building on the momentum from game two, Edison came out on top in the Group III section.
After the Woodbridge Barrons threw a 923 for a first place start in the Group III matchups, the Edison Eagles came back solidly in the second and third games to take first place in that group.
After rolling an 893, Edison finished first, leading the entire tournament in total pin fall with a score of 2,689.
“We came out strong in the second game,” Woodbridge Coach Tracie Smith said. “It was a little nerve-wracking.”
The Eagles rolled the highest team series in the tournament with 2,689 total pins.
“They were competitive today,” Smith said. “They are all hard workers (and) they really wanted this (win).”
Freehold Township came in second for Group III, with a total score of 2,620, after rolling a 916 in the third game.
Defending Group III Champions North Brunswick placed third overall, with a total of 2,471 pins knocked down.
Edison and Freehold Township will return on Friday for the Tournament of Champions, representing Group III.
Mater Dei Prep secured a victory for Group I, with a total pin fall of 2,448, after knocking down a total of 897 pins in the final game.
Manasquan came in behind them with a total pin fall of 2,405, finishing only 43 total pins behind first place.
Mater Dei Prep and Manasquan will return Friday to represent Group I at the Tournament of Champions.
The Howell Rebels attained first place for Group IV after rolling an 876 in game three, for a total score of 2,652 pins.
Coming in second was East Brunswick with a total of 2,488, after knocking down 860 pins in the final game.
East Brunswick’s Lady Bears emerged in second place in the Group IV division, thanks to being consistent and lifted by senior Ashley Figueroa’s 228 first game, Coach Doug Spishock said.
“The key today is that the team stayed consistent,” Spishock said. “We made our spares in the second game and were able to build on that.”
Figueroa’s 228 was part of a 613 series as the team’s anchor, putting her in sixth place individually.
“We really came together as a team today,” she said.
Finishing outside the top two were South Brunswick with 2,358 pins, Piscataway with 2,238 pins, Old Bridge with 1,968 pins, and John P. Stevens with 1,579 pins.
Howell and East Brunswick will represent Group IV at the Tournament of Champions on Friday.
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