Moses Lake took the 4A team championship, Selah clinched the 3A/2A team title and a combined eight area teams vied for a spot at the state championship in the District 5/6 regional tournament Wednesday at Spare Time Lanes in Kennewick.
The Chiefs had a pin count of 3,468 and were led by seniors Shanice Brice, who rolled games of 180, 184 and 175 for a 539 pin count and first-place individual finish, and Brittany Simpson (second, 171-192-169--532). Also earning a 4A state berth was Wenatchee, which had a team-total 3,379 pins and was led by seniors Kiersten Bakke (third, 135-191-192--518) and Savanna Lindenmuth (fourth, 136-181-158--475).
In the 3A battle, Selah accumulated 3,775 pins and was guided by senior Ashley Anderson (167-208-209--584) and sophomore Emily Imbery (161-191-159--511).
Individual state qualifers from non-qualifying teams for 4A were Eisenhower senior Courtnee Alvarez (seventh, 135-170-154--459), junior Sarah Cawthron (fifth, 150-158-163--471) and sophomore Megan Wells (eighth, 149-188-113--450), and Chiawana junior Echo Kane (sixth, 136-132-194--462).
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Individual state qualifiers on the 3A/2A side were Kennewick senior Brittany Blackketter, who rolled games of 173, 167 and 212 for a pin count of 552 and a second-place individual finish, and West Valley junior Miki Campbell (third, 145-169-234--548).
"I feel OK about myself," Blackketter said when asked to gauge the emotional price of her achievement after the Lions finished third as a team.
"I'm still depressed and sad that my team is not going to state altogether with me."
Blackketter said teammates Ashlen Ayres, Charlotte Johnson and Karissa Shiflet would accompany her to state as a cheer section alongside Lions coach Oscar Garnica.
"We walked in as if we were going to take it away," Blackketter said. "But then we started to struggle and looked at the other scores, and we kind of put ourselves out."
Garnica said his players gave it their all, even after bowling a disappointing 718 in Game 2.
"All the girls went out there and bowled their hearts out," Garnica said. "They really tried to make a comeback. Kennewick needs to be proud of their girls. They came back and won the league championship and were able to host, which was important.
"It was just one of those nights. It happens."
The state championships are next Friday and Saturday at Narrows Plaza Bowl in University Place.
BIG BEND MEN 74, CBC 70: Ben Olayinka helped Big Bend rally in the second half to defeat CBC in Pasco.
The Hawks led 36-34 at intermission. But Olayinka's 23 points and 15 rebounds were too much for CBC.
Jordon Poynor led CBC with 22 points and six rebounds.
CBC WOMEN 86, BIG BEND 41: The Columbia Basin College women easily coasted to an NWAACC East Region victory over visiting Big Bend, as four Hawks scored in double figures.
Jorie Freeman had 14 points, while Ana Jimenez and Trishi Williams added 12 each, and Kylie Rail came off the bench for 11.
Kamiakin's Kayla Curtis placed first in the floor (9.35) and bar (8.25) routines en route to taking the top spot in the all-around with a score of 35.300 as the Braves posted a team score of 168.075 in an EWL meet at Southridge.