By Josh Brown
DAYTON — The Troy girls bowling team may have state aspirations — legitimately, also, after having gone last season.
But the Trojans knew that there was a step to take care of before then.
Troy finished third at the Division I sectional tournament Thursday afternoon at Poelking Lanes South, advancing to next week’s district tournament with a team score of 3,604. Centerville won the sectional with 3,974 and Beavercreek was second with 3,859.
It was A’leigha Smith’s turn to lead the talented Trojans on the day. Smith bowled 146-243-244—633 and was third individually, Jenna Stone rolled 169-205-157—531, Rachel Darrow rolled 135-176-176—487, Alyssa Shilt added 168-160-127—455, Kirsten McMullen added a 145 and 168 and Cassidy McMullen added a 148.
Tippecanoe’s girls finished 20th with a team score of 2,617. Jessica Goodson led the way with 162-132-156—450, Mary Kate Lee rolled 134-158-100—392, Reeghan Brown rolled 133-117-112—362, Ashlyn Herzog rolled 114-102-135—351 and Kenzie Maxton rolled 102-118-90—310.
Piqua’s girls were 14th as a team with 3,096, with Leann Beaty qualifying for district as an individual with 167-143-200—510.
The district tournament will be held at Beaver-Vu Lanes next week, with the girls competing on Wednesday and the boys Thursday.
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