Caryn Balnis had a 300 game and a potential division title for Oneonta High’s girls in her sights, but a stubborn 7-pin ruined everything.
Balnis strung nine straight strikes to start her final game.
“And there wasn’t a lucky shot in there,” OHS bowling coach Pat Muller said. “The first nine were all packed and the 10th was packed, too. It was painful to watch.”
In the 10th frame, Balnis left the 7-pin and then missed the spare for a 267 game.
The Yellowjackets wound up losing, 4-1, to Chenango Valley in a Southern Tier Athletic Conference match. The win all but clinched the East Division title for the Warriors.
But Muller explained that if Balnis had struck twice in the final frame, it would have given OHS a 4-1 victory and the Yellowjackets would have won the division.
“We needed to win the third game by 13 pins and we lost by six pins,” Muller said.
Balnis also had a team-high 573 series. Cami Cleaveland and Emily Loucks rolled 191 games for the Yellowjackets, who received a 190 game from Abigail Loucks.
Corrine Muccio had a 192 game and a 579 series for CV.
OHS’ boys lost, 5-0. Mike Moran led the Yellowjackets with a 621 series that included games of 215 and 212.
UV 48, B-G 39
Unadilla Valley converted 11 of its 12 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter, with Jordan Anderson’s 7-for-8 effort leading the way, and remained unbeaten in Midstate Athletic Conference play.
Anderson finished with a game-high 16 points.
Bainbridge-Guilford received 10 points from Morgan Bullis during a 16-9 third-quarter run. The Bobcats tied the score in the third quarter, but UV entered the final period with a 33-31 lead.
“It took us awhile to pull away,” UV coach Brandi Backus said.
Bullis finished with 13 points and Abbey Smith had 10 for B-G.