The Yelm girls bowling team struck a 3-2 win last Tuesday night away at Timberline, bumping the Blazers from their third placing in the 3A South Sound Conference and increasing their record, 8-4. 

The Tornados worked Timberline during the first two games, winning 753-662 and 739-635, but ultimately fell short during the two baker games. Yelm would take a point for most pins, clinching out a 3-2 win. 

Sophomore Bethany Place lead the Tornados in series points with a total of 366. Senior Shelby Hall and junior Gracie Mathis brought in 333 and 285 points for Yelm, respectively. 

Head coach Stacy Roe said the girls will focus the next weeks on practicing for the conference bowling tournament, which is set for Friday, Jan. 18. 

Throughout practice, the girls will be working different lanes at their stomping grounds, Prairie Lanes. Roe said this is to make sure the girls can easily adjust to synthetic wood and don’t get too comfortable bowling on home lanes.  

Roe said the girls have been finding success throughout their games and are making improvements, despite the tough competition they’ve been witnessing in their league. 

Their matchup against Timberline was just another step towards the conference tournament and districts, hopefully. 

“It was good that they came and bowled above their averages,” Roe said. The girls brought a good showing for the second half of their match. 

In the first game, Place assisted in bringing the Tornados back from a deficit against Timberline by striking out during the fourth, fifth and sixth frame. A spare by Hall and a strike by senior Kaylee Schilter brought Yelm up 478-463 by the eighth. 

Three strikes by Place would spell the end for the first game and Yelm’s first point. 

Mathis started the second game out strong, bringing in back-to-back strikes for Yelm. Place and Schilter struck out in the second frame, which brought the team a slim lead against Timberline, 124-121, by the third, where Mathis would find her third strike. 

Lara Skinner, Hall, Place and Schilter would all find resolution and round out the fourth frame with strikes. Going into the second half of the game, the Tornados would look to expand their 90-point lead on Timberline. 

A trio of spare pickups in the eighth frame would secure Yelm’s lead, 592-451, going into the ninth. 

Timberline would find a pair of wins during their baker games against Yelm; the Blazers would edge out a 190-151 and 136-121 win against Yelm. 

Roe said the girls will need to improve on their bakers games. During their last meet with Timberline at home, Yelm fell narrowly to the Blazers during their first game, 133-132, but made a comeback in the final game, 143-134, to take home the win. 

“It’s all about getting on a roll with the mark, strikes and spares,” Roe said. 

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