|Highlands Girls Place Second|
|Twitter Photo. Highlands senior Abby Bach (left) won the Region 5 individual girls bowling tournament Monday. Her head coach on the right is Andy Eckerle.|
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Bach fired a three-game total of 568 to make it to the top eight in the first round. She then fired a 973 in the semifinals to make it to the stepladder round as the second seed. Bach defeated Campbell County's Jadyn Taylor in the second round of the step bracket to make it to the title game.
Four seniors for the Bluebirds bowled in the individual round. Senior Tessa Killen made it to the semifinals shooting a 543.
The Highlands girls made it back to state for the first time in two years beating Simon Kenton, 3-1 (172-93, 144-147, 175-133, 208-120) in the semifinals. They lost to Campbell County, 3-1 (171-149, 147-177, 236-179, 205-178) in the title game.
"I'm very proud of the girls, particularly our senior leaders - Abby Bach, Tessa Killen and Amanda Parrott. We had a bunch of new bowlers this years (that were all seniors) and they really blended well as a group," said Andy Eckerle, Highlands Head Coach. "It was cool to see the progression over the year."
No one made it to state on the boys side. The Bluebirds lost in the region quarterfinals to Newport Central Catholic, 3-1 (141-181, 176-148, 157-113, 155-104).
The girls state tournament is March 23 at Executive Strike and Spare in Louisville. The team competition starts at 8:15 a.m. and the singles competition starts at 2:40 p.m.