Wilson, Richards shine at Ark. bowling meet

The Lady Rolling Tigers travelled to Jonesboro, Ark., to compete in the NCAA Arkansas State Central Region Fall Jamboree last weekend. Teams participating in the Jamboree consisted of two SWAC Schools, Louisiana Tech, two 2008 NCAA Championship competitors, and other NCAA schools. The jamboree was a two-day event consisting of 10 matches.

On day one, scoring was individually and team competition. Lady Tiger, senior Damona Richards and sophomore Quenelle Wilson of GSU reigned in first and third place in individual scoring in a field of 43 young ladies.

At the end of the individual scoring competition, Richards finished in third place. Her overall series was 942, with a high game of 217.

But in two games Wilson did not maintain the score she initially had and did not place in the top five.

Coach Barbara Lewis was proud of the skilled exhibited by freshman Brittney Bryant, who picked up some phenomenal spares, and newcomer Asia Johnson. Lewis commended senior Ashley Dowdy for her tenacity as a starter who tried to help the team, but got pulled out of competition because she is still recuperating from a fall she sustained last week.

On the second day in the Baker’s competition, GSU defeated NCAA Championship first-place runner up Arkansas State in a match, 153-131. They also defeated the NCAA Championship competitor Central Missouri 210-153.

The team will participate in the first SWAC Round-UP this weekend in Baton Rouge at Don Carter Lanes starting on Friday. The SWAC Round-Up is where all the bowling teams in the conference compete, representing the West and East divisions.

There are two round-ups that determine who will progress to the SWAC Championship, to be held Feb. 20-22 in Bessemer Ala.