By Kris Freeman for White House High School
SMYRNA — The White House Lady Devils bowled a stellar round in the opening match of the TSSAA Girls State Team Bowling Tournament on Thursday, and the total pin count would have been good enough to beat every team in the quarterfinals — except one.
That one, unfortunately, was seven-time defending state champion Hardin County, and the subsequent blind draw opponent in the first round for White House, eliminating the Lady Devils 21-6. Out of eight teams, White House had the second-best pin total in the quarterfinals, but could not advance past the champs.
White House’s season comes to a close at 12-2 and for the second straight year in the TSSAA State Quarterfinals to the same team.
White House had 2887 pins but still lost to the champions 3229 total.
Hardin County opened the first set of games with an 8-0 lead, taking a pin count lead of 1103-931. White House drew closer in the second game, winning three of the eight matches to make it 13-3, with a pin deficit of 2152-1906.
Mathematically, the only chance for White House was to sweep the final eight games and then get the three-point bonus for winning the overall pin count, but the disadvantage was way too much to overcome and Hardin County closed out the win, taking a 5-3 count in the final round of games and winning the three bonus points for pin total.
White House is now 8-7 all-time in the state tournament with their highest finish being second three times to Hardin County. This was the seventh time White House advanced to the state tournament.
White House had five finishers in the individual girls bowling tournament on Wednesday, with Kyleigh Husted finishing fourth, Savannah Blair 12th, Jaycee Whitaker 17th, Ella Husted tied-19th and Miranda Cain 46th. Hardin County’s Kailee Channell won the overall singles title.
Other quarterfinal matches:
Undefeated Franklin improved to 20-0 and advanced to the semifinals with a 23-4 win over unbeaten Bartlett. Franklin won with a pin count of 2886-2483.
Franklin will take on Sevier County, who defeated Tullahoma in the opening round. Sevier County jumped out to a six point lead after two games and never looked back, winning 19-8, with a pin total of 2493-2345.
Undefeated Hardin County advanced to the semifinals to face Stewart’s Creek. SCHS defeated William Blount, also jumping out to a big lead of over 400 pins after two games. The final was 19.5-7.5 with a total pins of 2647-2106.