ROCHELLE — Junior bowler Alyssa Schwanert battled back from a tough second game to roll Rochelle’s high game and high individual series when the Lady Hub varsity team hosted LaSalle-Peru at T-Byrd Lanes for an Interstate 8 Conference match Wednesday evening.
Schwanert led all bowlers in the first game, shooting 204 after opening the game with four strikes over her first five frames. Although she was unable to break triple digits in her second game, Schwanert recovered nicely with 176 in her third game to shoot a 473 series. Senior Kiya Porter added a 424 series for the Lady Hubs, who fell 2,492-2,138 to move to 0-2 overall.
“Alyssa was really locked in during the first game,” head coach Eric Widick said. “I thought she concentrated too much on keeping her arm in and she was slowing her ball down about 2 miles per hour during the second game, so when the ball went down the lane, it went through the nose and left splits. We talked about getting her speed back up and she bounced back.”
LaSalle-Peru edged Rochelle 824-794 in the first game despite Schwanert’s 204 and 152 from Lady Hub freshman Faith Adams. The Cavaliers claimed the second game 759-626, with Porter firing a series-best 170 for Rochelle. Schwanert’s 176 was Rochelle’s high score in the third game, which LaSalle-Peru won 909-718 behind 210 from Olivia Weber, who rolled a match-best 600 series for the Cavaliers. The Lady Hubs are at Ottawa on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 4 p.m.
“I thought we weren’t as focused today as we were Monday,” Widick said. “Our series scores were a little lower… We need to work on our spares. We were well under 50 percent on spares, which we worked on during practice Tuesday. The girls are definitely trying their best.”