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Alexus Riley gets a fist bump from a teammate during the meet with Independence.

The West Delaware girls bowling team defeated a very good Independence squad 2,617-2,506 at Lightning Lanes, Jan. 8.

The Hawks were led by sophomore Alexus Riley with a 362 series. Riley rolled games of 182-180. Madi Shontz rolled 211-147, good for a 358 series. Next came Kaley Pettlon 174-175 (349), Lydia Heims 168-163 (331), Kyleigh Marsden 146-172 (318) and Brooklyn Lambson 174-132 (306).

The Hawks led the Mustangs by only 54 pins before the Baker rotation gave the Hawks the win, where they outscored the Mustangs 899-842.

JV scores for the Hawks were: Regan Recker 155-94 (249), Jasmine Ibarra 108-126 (234), Mary Pederson 125-108 (233), Grace Reth 97-104 (201) and Katelyn Scott 126-0 (126).

Head coach Susan Morris was pleased with her team’s performance. “This was a nice win against a really good Independence team. All six girls were over 300 series and have a lot more potential for even better scores. We had our second highest bakers round of the season and our highest baker game of 227. Our seniors are our strength and provide great leadership for this team, especially during baker play. Senior Kyleigh Marsden anchored this round and had nine strikes and had 13 out of 15 fills. Kaley Pettlon was nine for 10 in fills. The entire varsity and JV team work very hard and are willing to make changes to become better bowlers. We are a month away from the qualifier and the team has every intention to continue to improve.”