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February 25, 2014

Carrier is a state champ


Frances Coons had the second-best individual score for the Sabers, a 181-213—394. Rounding out the individual scorers were Erica Miller-Lee (133-168—301), Bailery Walker (159-133—292) and Veronica Weigandt (134-142—276). The order for the Baker round was Walker, Weigandt, Miller-Lee, Coons and Carrier.

Senior Morgan Benthin led Camanche with a sixth-place finish overall, rolling games of 224 and 199 for a 423 total. Also for the Indians, senior Alison Seibel (160-221—381), senior Morgan Determan (177-182—359), junior MaKenzie Ciner (152-199—351), senior Kelly Michaelsen (186-155—351) and sophomore Kayla Gifford (170-178—248) all finished in the top 25. Determan was the state runner-up last year, when the Indians also placed second.

But nobody bowled as well as Carrier.

“She bowled absolutely fantastic,” Perdieu said. “She was on it all day long. She had a good shot across the board. She got on to her shot and was mechanically strong.”

Perdieu wasn’t surprised to see Carrier battle for the top spot after she placed 11th last year with a 377.

“I thought she had a shot last year,” he said. “She came in with a real desire to make it happen. She had a 206, 207 average coming in.”

Carrier said the experience gained from last year’s meet benefited her Monday.

“It’s very loud with lot of cheering,” she said. “Getting a head’s up last year on the noise helped. We can deal with all the pressure and the loud noise.”

Carrier established a 23-pin lead when she rolled a 258 in her first game. That game included one stretch with six consecutive strikes.

“It was a really good feeling knowing I started out the day with such a good score,” Carrier said. “I knew I had the potential for another good score.

“I was bowling really good. I was surprised how well the lanes were working for me.”

With close to 30 lanes in use, Carrier said she didn’t get wrapped up in the individual battle.

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