Big Reds get rolling

Austin White sends a ball down the alley during high school bowling action for the Centerville Big Reds on Friday against Sigourney-Keota at Adams Bowl in Centerville.

CENTERVILLE — When it comes to high school bowling, one bad baker game can be the difference in winning and losing.

So, with the first win of the season hanging in the balance, the Centerville girls bowling team came together at the right time. Two strikes and a spare in the first four frames of the final baker game allowed the Redettes to put away a 70-pin win on Friday over visiting Sigourney-Keota, allowing Centerville to bounce back after a season-opening South Central Conference loss to Clarke just 24 hours earlier.

"Getting confidence. Getting a little sense of humor going. Getting into the flow. It seemed like the girls were stating to have more fun with it as the day went on," Centerville head bowling coach Alex Belloma said of the Redettes. "They seemed to be having fun with it. They started concentrating more on the team aspect and got each other involved getting momentum going that way."

The Redettes were able secure a split between the two programs in the non-conference dual. The Sigourney-Keota boys rolled with confidence right from the start, riding 170-plus averages from Gable Goff and Brock Alderson into a 273-pin lead before putting the Big Reds away in the baker rounds, winning by 420 pins with a final team score of 2,182.

"We were pretty consistent throughout the meet," Sigourney-Keota head bowling coach Austin Bruns said of the Cobra boys. "We still didn't meet our average, so it's hard to be completely satisfied when you don't hit that mark. We expect to be about 200 pins higher than where we are right now.

"We'd like to compete for a conference title and have at least a couple individuals qualify for state, so we've still got some work to do."

Goff posted the top average of any bowler at Adams Bowl, following up a 177 in the opening game with a 179 for a 178 overall average. Alderson rolled a pair of 171 games, giving the Cobras a 1,502 score through the individual rounds.

"We were all pretty comfortable out there," Goff said. "We had a couple ups and downs, but that's to be expected."

As for the Centerville girls, Zoie Moorman emerged as the top bowler against S-K. Moorman's second game of 181 led to a 149 average, beating out Cobra senior Hannah Alderson's team-leading 145 average.

"I think, after the first game, we all got pretty used to environment of the meet," Moorman said. "You get kind of nervous before the first game. Once you get over the nerves, you can concentrate a lot more on bowling well." 

Austin White led the Centerville boys against S-K with a 160 average. The Redettes (1-1, 0-1 SCC) and Big Reds (0-2, 0-1 SCC) next bowl at Pella on Thursday while the S-K boys and girls host West Burlington-Notre Dame and Washington at Keokuk County Bowl starting at 2 p.m.

— Scott Jackson can be reached at sjackson@ottumwacourier.com. Follow him on Twitter@CourierScott.

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