Lady Tigers advance to bi-regionals
By GEOFF STOUTE
MORGAN CITY — Someone compared it to an upset in March Madness — bowling style.
Morgan City coach Michele LaCombe laughed when she was asked, following her teams’ final game of the Morgan City/Houma Regionals at Charlie’s Lanes, what happened.
Whatever it was, it worked, as the Morgan City Lady Tigers’ bowling team, who entered regional play as a No. 8 seed with a 2-9 record, continued their hot streak Tuesday with a 21-6 victory against No. 4 Ellender to advance to Bi-Regionals Monday at Creole Lanes in Houma.
To advance to the next round, the Lady Tigers had to win three games in two days, including back-to-back victories Monday — one against No. 9 seed South Lafourche and then a win against top-seed Berwick in a following game.
After Tuesday’s match, when asked how the surging squad got hot so quick, LaCombe laughed and said, “That is a good question. I think it’s better for them to answer that than me because I still haven’t figured it out yet.”
LaCombe, who said she told her team entering the regional to do what they could and enjoy the moment, said her squad proved it was more than just a good day Monday by coming back Tuesday and soundly defeating Ellender.
“They’re not stopping. I thought they’d wake up today and be like, ‘OK, maybe that was just luck, but they put it all together,” she said. “The skills that I’ve been teaching them are working well. They’re getting the strikes, they’re picking up the spares and they’re starting to understand how important spares are in bowling because that’s what makes your score go up.”
It was the perfect time for the squad to play their best, too.
“I have eight or nine girls that make up the whole team, subbing them in and out. They’re all bowling the highest games that they’ve ever bowled in their life,” she said.
In the win against Ellender, Morgan City’s Caroline Owens (132, 151) and Kristi Wright (146, 145) led the Lady Tigers.
Kimberly Linton (131, 134) and Kayla Martinez (137) recorded high scores for Ellender.
The Lady Tigers will be joined at Bi-Regionals by the Morgan City Tigers, who rolled past No. 9 seed South Lafourche, 24-3, in action Monday.
“Our boys had one match to move on to bi-regional play and bowled well against South Lafourche,” Morgan City coach Kenny Keton said.
While the boys’ rolled a combined 3,642 in their regional game, which at the time was the highest score in the state, it didn’t last long, according to Keton, as defending state champion Archbishop Rummel bowled a 3,973 to reclaim the top score.
Despite having the high score topped, Keton said the Tigers’ performance “gave us a lot of momentum heading into the next round of competition.”
Morgan City’s boys also will begin bi-regional play Monday at Creole Lanes in Houma.
In other girls’ action Tuesday, No. 3 Vandebilt Catholic also qualified for Bi-Regionals with a 14.5-12.5 win against No. 2 H.L. Bourgeois.
Ellender and H.L. Bourgeois both faced off in a roll off to determine who would qualify for the third spot in Bi-Regionals. Results were not available today.
In local boys’ action, No. 3 South Terrebonne defeated No. 6 Berwick, 14.5 to 12.5, to advance to bi-regionals.
Scott Bergeron (225, 202), Gabe Ardoin (222) and Roman LeCompte (202) highlighted South Terrebonne’s win, while Devon Quick (220) and Carl Reed (216) highlighted Berwick’s victory.
No. 4 Terrebonne also qualified for Bi-Regionals with an 18-9 win against No. 5 H.L. Bourgeois, while No. 2 Vandebilt advanced with an 18-9 victory against No. 7 Ellender.
In boys’ singles action, Berwick’s Quick qualified for bi-regionals with a 202 average as did his teammate, Reed, who recorded a 183 average.
In girls’ singles’ action, Berwick’s Elle Arcemont (217 average) and Lauren Delco (127 average) qualified for bi-regionals, while Central Catholic’s Jada Pennison qualified with a 156 average.