If the White House Lady Devils are going to make a run at a first-ever state bowling championship on Thursday, then the opening match is one for the ages.
White House (12-1) will start the TSSAA State Team Championship for girls bowling on Thursday in a single-elimination match against seven-time defending state champion Hardin County (17-0). Hardin County has won every state title since 2014, and nine of the 10 titles in the past decade, excluding an upset by Alvin C. York Institute in 2013.
Hardin County has 17 girls state championships overall. The match begins Thursday at 8:30 a.m.
The winner of the first match will play either Stewarts Creek (7-2) or William Blount (6-2) in the second round. On the opposite side of the bracket, undefeated Franklin (19-0) takes on unbeaten Bartlett (9-0), and Sevier County (20-5) matches up against Tullahoma (3-1).
Three times, White House has been the state runner-up, losing to Hardin County in the championship in 2015 (record 23-3), 2016 (33-2) and 2017 (18-3).
White House is also seeking its first-ever individual state championship in girls bowling and five bowlers will have a shot starting Wednesday afternoon. Defending state runner-up and top overall seed Kyleigh Husted is joined by 7th-seed Miranda Cain, 18th-seed Savannah Blair, 21st-seed Ella Husted, and 27th-seed Jaycee Whitaker.
Fans can stay tuned to live scoring of the TSSAA Bowling Championships at www.tssaasports.com