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Morris dominates second game, defeats Sterling

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 10:14 p.m. CDT
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(Mark Johnson – mjohnson@shawmedia.com)
Imelda Garcia (left) of Morris high-fives teammate Amber Benson Monday at Echo Lanes. Garcia had a career-best 615 serise and Benson a 573 as the Redskins rolled past Sterling.

Morris girls bowling coach Harry Banks said his team’s 1,100 second game Monday at Echo Lanes is one of the highest single-game scores he can remember.

The Redskins won that game by 329 pins on their way to a 2,990-2,442 Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference varsity blowout of Sterling. They also won the first game, 916-760, and the third, 974-911.

“From what I saw, the girls were bowling good. Five girls over 200 [during the second game] – it’s hard to beat that,” Banks said. “The girls are coming around. It started Saturday at Strikefest, where we tied for ninth, and it carried over to today.”

Imelda Garcia of Morris led all bowlers with a 615 series, a career high. She peaked, as did the Redskins, during Game 2, when she had a 242 that included seven strikes, including five in a row starting with the fifth frame. Garcia also bowled four straight strikes to begin the third game, ending it with a 200, and a 173 in the first.

“My highest game was a 279, but that was in practice. ... I’ve never done it before [in competition], but I plan to get close someday,” Garcia said. “The big thing was hitting my target. I was able to do that over and over.”

Jessica Winter bowled a 611 series for the Redskins. She had marks in every frame and a turkey during a 218 first game. She then started with three strikes and ended with four more in Game 2, totaling a 220. Winter added a 173 third game.

“I was able to get the ball under me,” Winter said. “Before I wouldn’t do that and my hand wouldn’t come all the way through. My coaches have helped me get over that.”

Taylor Warwick produced a third over-600 series for Morris with a 603. Five consecutive strikes starting in the sixth frame allowed her to bowl a 220 second game, which she supplemented with a 185 in the first and a 195 that included four straight strikes in the third.

“There are a few big [fundamental] things I’ve been working on,” Warwick said. “It all came together Thursday of last week at practice. I stayed after and worked with Harry. The other girls finished and we had some one-on-one time and worked through them.”

Savannah Strange led the Redskins, who are now 3-1 in conference duals, in the third game with a 211 to complete a 583 series. She also had a 203 second game. A 212 second game highlighted a 573 series for Amber Benson of Morris. Skylar Easson added a 487 for the Redskins.

Destinee Howard paced Sterling with a 571 series.

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