Friday, March 29, 2013

PV Lady Panthers take SWAC bowling championship title

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas  --  History has repeated itself with the Lady Panthers bowling team defending its title and becoming the 2013 Southwestern Athletic Conference Champions by beating Alabama A&M like last years competition.

Coming into the tournament at number four, like in 2012, having to beat Alabama A&M twice to claim the title. Losing their first game against Texas Southern University 4-1, the Lady Panthers came back and eliminated Texas Southern and Jackson State in a 4-3 game.

The Lady Bulldogs rolled through the rounds on Saturday. In the first match, Prairie View started well, blowing past A&M 231-175.

After the red-hot start, the Lady Panthers struggled in the next three games. The Lady Bulldogs capitalized, posting 154-150, 179-173 and 171-147 wins.

The second championship match did not go in Prairie View’s favor as Alabama A&M won the first two games 160-157, 170-122.

Making a comeback, the Lady Panthers won the next three games 189-170, 201-133, and 171-147, but the Lady Bulldogs did not let up that easy. They tied the series and won the sixth game 202-191.

An opportunity knocked at the Lady Bulldogs door giving them an open from the Lady Panthers. At the 10th frame, Collins stood on the approach with a chance to put the Lady Bulldogs in the lead. She responded with a strike and a spare, giving the Lady Bulldogs a slim lead and putting all of the pressure on freshman Ashle Reid.

Alabama A&M was on its way to a third SWAC title, however, Prairie View was not going to let that happen.

Despite her knee injury Reid stepped up to the line with the game in her hand. With both teams standing on their toes she nailed a strike giving Prairie View the title.

Day one of the tournament Prairie View was fourth in pinfalls beating Alabama A&M, Southern State, and Jackson State. Alexis Holmes had the best pinfall average knocking down 951 in the tournament Brittney Wehmeier followed behind knocking down 897 pins.

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