The Barren County High School Trojanettes finished second at the recent Kentucky High School Athletic Association Region 1 Bowling Tournament at Southern Lanes in Bowling Green.
The victory moves the Trojanettes into next week’s state tournament, Feb. 13-14, at Eastland Lanes in Lexington.
The Trojanettes lost in the regional championship match to Graves County, the defending region champions. The Trojans were knocked out in the semifinals by eventual champion Apollo High School.
The Baker format, which includes bowlers bowling in an alternate ball rotation, is used in regional high school tournaments.
“The girls opened the season very strong, but then we hit a stretch where we struggled,” said BCHS coach Ron Norris. “However, the girls practiced very hard the two weeks leading up to the tournament, so I felt pretty good about our chances.”
After a qualifying round, the Trojanettes were seeded second in the tournament heading into the elimination round.
Barren County opened the round by rolling past South Warren by a score of 3-0. The win put the Trojanettes in the semifinals with Daviess County. BCHS lost the first game, but rallied to win the next three games and take the victory.
That moved Barren County into the championship match against Graves County, the defending regional champion. GCHS was just too much for the Trojanettes, winning the match 3-0.
“Graves County is a really good team and they have a lot of seniors on their squad. That can be hard to beat,” Norris said. “I think we were a little nervous too, but I just told the girls to do their best.”
The Trojans, who finished the regular season with a 13-1 record, went into the elimination round of the regional tournament as the fourth seed.
“There were 12 teams in the tournament, including three new teams (from the Owensboro area) that we really didn’t know much about,” Norris explained. “The guys were upbeat about heading into the tournament, so I had some pretty high expectations.”
The Trojans opened play with Owensboro High School. Barren County lost the first game, but rallied to take the match by a score of 3-1. However, BCHS’ hopes for a regional title came to an end when the Trojans lost to Apollo, 3-0.
Now Norris turns his concentration to getting the Trojanettes ready for the state tournament.
“Half of our team is first-year bowlers, so I am sure they will be nervous,” Norris relayed. “But we’ve talked about going to the state all season and now we are there. This is the reward they deserve (for all their hard work).”