By Kris Freeman for White House High School
SMYRNA — Fresh off a state runner-up finish her junior year, White House senior Kyleigh Husted is on track for the state finals once again in 2021, qualifying Wednesday for the final round with a third overall finish in the TSSAA Girls Bowling Individual State Tournament semifinals. The finals are about to begin on Wednesday afternoon.
After a rough start with an opening game 170, Husted roared back with a 220 in the second game, and then secured her spot in the finals with a consistent 190 and 189 in the final two games. She finished with a 192.3 average and a 769 total pin fall.
Husted came into the tournament as the number one overall seed in the state with a 213.14 average, but will have to play the state finals in the ladder match format. The top six overall qualifiers advance, but the ladder match starts with the No. 6 Jennifer Latch of Hardin County (178.3) taking on No. 5 Janna LaBuda of Bartlett (186.5). The single elimination format allows the winner to advance to face the No. 4 Bricey Caudill of Stewart’s Creek (191.0).
Whoever is remaining faces Husted as the No. 3, and then the winner advances to take on No. 2 Elizabeth Coutta of Smyrna (202.8), followed by the championship match against No. 1 Kailee Channell of Hardin County (203.8). Channell earned that spot after opening the state tournament with a round-high 277.
In the semifinal round, out of 48 bowlers at four games each, there were only 14 games at 200 or better. Seven of those belonged to the six finalists.
The championship ladder bracket starts at 4 p.m. Wednesday.
The three seed might be a good luck charm, as third-seeded Jordan Mundt of Bartlett won the tournament in 2020 over Husted in the final match.