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With the top six teams moving on to districts, the Lady Lions of Minerva had a bigger goal heading into the Division II East Sectional Bowling Tournament at St. Clair Lanes.
Led by Megan Keister's 566 series, Minerva claimed the team title by nine pins over second-place St. Clairsville.
The opening three games left little doubt on if Minerva would qualify to districts. The focus was now on winning a championship, and the girls did just that.
Leading by 23 pins, the Lady Lions posted the third best baker scores, winning sectionals with a score of 3,574, edging St. Clairsville by nine pins.
Keister rolled games of 193-173-200 to finish fifth overall.
Katlyn Smalley (9th) had 160-171-196 for a 527, Skylar Timmerman (10th) had 169-188-167 for a 524, Hannah Rodgers (18th) had 189-140-162 for a 491, and Carsen Albert (31st) had 147-135-169 for a 451.
Joining Minerva and St. Clairsville at districts are Claymont with 3,464, Sandy Valley with 3,329, East Liverpool with 3,243, and Harrison Central with 3,041.
Earlier in the week, the Lady Lions suffered their third loss of the season at the hands of Perry, 2,721-2,582.
Keister had 207-225 for a 432, Albert had 215-187 for a 402, Smalley had 174-173 for a 347, Timmerman had 181-157 for a 338, and Hannah Rodgers had 182-137 for a 319.
The Lady Panthers led by 104 pins after the opening two games, and won all four bakers 214-207, 179-162, 193-191, 193-184.
Jordan Strader qualifies to districts
The boys team failed to make it out of sectionals, but it will be represented by Jordan Strader.
The sophomore grabbed one of the six individual qualifying spots as he finished 16th with games of 214-192-149 for a 555.
As a team, the Lions placed 10th with a score of 3,537 - 64 pins behind the sixth and final qualifying spot.
Tristan Wilson (23rd) had 169-172-202 for a 543, Brendan Garrison (43rd) had 151-156-199 for a 506, Tony Berry (45th) had 169-194-136 for a 499, Samuel Snyder had 144-121, and Blake Archer had a 115.
The week started with a 2,906-2,623 loss to Perry.
Wilson had 198-212 for a 410, Berry had 195-204 for a 399, Garrison had 213-172 for a 385, Strader had 187-150 for a 337, and Archer had 177-157 for a 334.
The Panthers led by 126 pins after the opening two games, and won all four baker games 244-236, 226-194, 207-148, 248-180.
The Division II District Tournament will be held this Friday, Feb. 24 at Shawnee Lanes. Eight teams will compete with the top two teams and top two individuals not on a qualifying team advancing to the state tournament.