June 11, 2008 · Updated 5:27 PM
The Central Kitsap Cougars continued to improve their consistency on the lanes last week, going 1-1 in beating Lincoln 2-1 on Nov. 30, but falling 0-2 to Shelton on Thursday. Despite the loss, CK was able to hang with Shelton, one of the Bridge Divisions toughest squads, right to the end.
CK (3-4, 0-1) coach Paul Stenson said he has been happy with the way the girls are bowling more consistently.
Most of our work has just been on technique, Stenson said. Just by the sheer number of times (theyve practiced), theyre getting better. Were trying to focus on technique so we can not only be more consistent, but also improve.
Emalee French continued to lead to Cougars, scoring a high game of 179 against Lincoln. But her teammates werent far behind, as Cassie Ogle rolled a 168, Miranda Bateman added 168 and Kayla Hayley turned in a 166. Ogle and Hayley tied for the high series mark, scoring 324 each.
Stenson said while all of the girls have improved, Bateman has stepped up most drastically.
I think Miranda has really shown some big improvement lately, Stenson said. And some of the JV girls are really starting to get their technique down. Theyve put up some good numbers for JV.
Batemans improvement showed against Shelton, and despite the 2-0 loss (878-786, 785-768), Bateman rolled her way to a 210. French added 186 for CK. Bateman also had the high series at 361. CK also debuted their new uniforms in the match.
Against Shelton, we hung in there in the first game, Stenson said. It was close until the last three frames. In the second game, it was really close. They just finished better than we did. It just see-sawed back and forth.
But Im very happy with the progress weve made.
Stenson said the girls have been able to maintain high scoring games, while raising their low scores.
Now with the girls, the highs are still there but the lows arent as low, Stenson said. Most of the girls in the last two matches have stepped up.
CK traveled to Bremerton yesterday and will travel to South Kitsap Thursday for a 3 p.m. match against the Bridge Division leaders.
Oly looking for answers
The Trojans still cant catch a break despite having the leagues top bowler so far. Oly (1-6, 0-1) fell to South Kitsap, which leads the Bridge Division, 2-0 on Thursday. SK dominated both games, rolling scores of 830 and 758 to the Trojans scores of 622 and 664.
Erin Howard had the high game and series, scoring 190 and 346 respectively. Howard has the highest average in the Narrows League, leading all bowlers with a 183 average. Jackie Murray led SK (6-1, 1-0) with a high game of 182 and series of 330.
Against Foss on Nov. 30, Oly lost a tight first game, 754-768, before forcing a Baker with a 733-674 second game win. Foss held the slight edge in the Baker match however, beating the Trojans 147-135. Howard again led the way for Oly, rolling games of 195 and 198. her series mark was 393. For Foss (2-4, 0-1), Mallory Corey had the high series of 373, but Amy Herring led the Falcons with a 181 game. Corey is currently second in the Narrows behind Howard with an average of 178.
The Trojans played Klahowya yesterday and will take on Bremerton Thursday at All Star Lanes and Casino at 3 p.m.
Eagles hoping to strike
Despite posting two of its highest game scores all season, the Klahowya Eagles could only watch as Bremerton simply rolled better. The Eagles lost the match 2-0 (586-800, 615-737) Thursday in Bremerton.
The Eagles 615 score was the second-highest game theyve posted this season. Andrea Milovich stepped up again, scoring games of 190 and 17 to hold the high series of 337. Annie Thomas gave a strong effort for the Knights, rolling a 185 and 197 for a series of 379. Klahowya faced Olympic yesterday. The Eagles (1-4) next host Shelton on Thursday at 3 p.m. at All Star Lanes and Casino.