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Coming off a victory at the sectional tournament, the Lady Lions showed know signs of a letdown at the Division II District Bowling Tournament at Shawnee Lanes.
Battling nine other schools for two state-qualifying spots, Minerva totaled 3,765 pins to claim the district title.
Claymont will join the Lady Lions in Columbus. The Lady Mustangs finished second with a score of 3,616.
Megan Keister led the way for Minerva with a 531 series. The freshman had games of 159-158-214 for the seventh best score on the day.
Hannah Rodgers (10th) had 204-158-162 for a 524, Katlyn Smalley (11th) had 212-171-140 for a 523, Carsen Albert (18th) had 192-130-171 for a 493, and Skylar Timmerman (22nd) had 155-130-194 for a 479.
Minerva led Claymont by just 30 pins after the opening three individual games. The girls excelled in the baker games with scores of 182-214-258-222-190-149.
"I am proud of the girls," commented Head Coach Dana Keister. "They bowled well most of the day, bouncing back from the 747 to finish the bakers strong. I would also like to congratulate Claymont on finishing second."
Washington was third with 3,425, followed by New Lexington with 3,201, St. Clairsville with 3,147, Sandy Valley with 3,051, Miami Trace with 3,050, Lynchburg-Clay with 3,015, East Liverpool with 2,927, and Harrison Central with 2,657.
The 2016-17 State Bowling Championships will take place this Friday, March 3, at Wayne Webb's Columbus Bowl.
Jordan Strader represented the Minerva boys at districts, rolling games of 214-145-148 for a 507 to finish 42nd.