Girls Bowling: Lady Hubs strike down Sycamore in season opener

Rochelle scores 2,503-2,154 victory Tuesday evening

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ROCHELLE — The Rochelle Lady Hub varsity bowling team opened the 2023-24 season with a big win over the Sycamore Spartans on Tuesday evening. Junior Cassidy Vincent led the team with a 548 series, while sophomore Kylie McCullough added a 475 series as the Lady Hubs took down the short-handed Spartans 2,503-2,154 in their Interstate 8 Conference series opener.

Rochelle took the series lead after the first game, which the Lady Hubs claimed 834-699 behind a series-best 223 from Vincent and a 150 from McCullough. Senior Makenzie Liezert followed with a 135 for the Lady Hubs, who extended their lead with a 798-676 win in the second game.

“I was impressed with what I saw from the girls tonight,” head coach Eric Widick said. “They came out tonight and there were a few who struggled toward the beginning, but they really came along toward the end. Overall, I was very pleased with how the girls performed and I thought that Cassidy was really locked in early on… She had some adversity, but she bounced back.”

Vincent’s 180 and McCullough’s series-best 171 propelled the Lady Hubs to victory during the second game. Liezert followed with a 141 for the Lady Hubs, who clinched the conference sweep with an 871-779 victory in the third and final game. Senior Anahi Alanis stepped up in the final game, shooting a series-best 183 while senior Faith Adams delivered a series-best 130. Rochelle will continue Interstate 8 Conference action with a match at LaSalle-Peru on Thursday.

“I’d like to see Kylie improve her average from last season by around 20 pins,” Widick said. “She bowled around her average tonight and I think she has a lot of potential to improve her average this year… Anahi has been someone I can count on to be consistent and if she can continue to bowl consistently, I think our team will be really strong. She’s shown that in the past and if she can bowl more games like the one she did tonight, she’ll become a bigger leader for our team.”