Le Mars Community girls bowling qualified three individuals with their team at Sweet 16 Lanes on Monday.
One of those qualifiers was Bailey Gill who won the individual title shooting a 662 and not scoring under 200 for a game all day. Gill says winning the meet was a big deal considering the struggles she has had at times this season.
Head coach Gary Brady says her mechanics were just a touch off this season. With a little tweaking, he says she has been getting back to the way she was previously.
Overcoming the mental part of the game is a challenge for anybody that approaches the lane. Gill says she has gotten some great advice to help calm the nerves before a shot.
Natalie Vanderloo struggled right off the bat but bounced back to score a 606 in her three-game series on Monday. Coach Brady says once Vanderloo got herself back in the moment, she was good for the rest of the day.
Fresh off the MRAC individual title, Jenna Fisher followed it up by qualifying for the state meet. She bowled a 554 in three games to finish sixth individually. Coach Brady says her improvement all season has been impressive.
As the Bulldogs head to Waterloo for the individual tournament on Monday, Gill says getting her mind right ahead of a high-stress tournament is of the utmost importance.
The Bulldogs will bowl in the individual tournament on Monday, February 19 in Waterloo.