Grand Rapids Northview’s Senninger takes second at Saturday’s Division 2 girls bowling finals
Matt Gajtka | firstname.lastname@example.org, March 02, 2013 7:16 p.m.
Tecumseh junior Jordan Richard earned her second straight Division 2 title with a dominating performance at Century Lanes in Waterford.
Richard finished first out of 60 bowlers in the six-game qualifying stage, then beat her four opponents in the match-play bracket by an average of 52 pins. She capped her afternoon with a 450-361 victory over Grand Rapids Northview’s Sabrina Senninger in the two-game final.
In her second trip to the state finals, Senninger placed sixth out of the 16 who made it through to the match play. The senior’s berth in the final marked the furthest advancement by a Northview girl in program history.
“She was very, very focused all day,” Northview coach Mike Anderson said. “She was about as dialed in as I have seen her. She was close last year and this year she almost won it all. She lost to a very formidable foe…we are very proud of her.”
After wins in her first two head-to-head matchups, Senninger survived a 343-342 decision in the semifinals against Tecumseh’s Lauren McKowen. McKowen needed a strike in the last roll of the second game to beat Senninger, but left two pins standing.
“The place was as quiet as a church,” said Anderson of the pivotal moment.
Senninger totaled 18 more pins in the final, but Richard cliched the crown with a pair of 225 games.
Senninger broke 200 in eight of her 14 games on the day, topped by a 247 in the first game of her first-round victory over Bay City John Glenn’s Destiny Kennedy. Senninger followed that up with a two-game score of 426 in a quarterfinal defeat of Charlotte’s Ciarra Landry.