Miami Trace senior Macy Detty is on a roll.
On Friday, Feb. 24, Detty competed in the Division II District tournament at Shawnee Lanes in Chillicothe, along with her teammates.
Detty was outstanding with a three-game series of 670, the best score out of 66 competitors.
Detty is now busy preparing for the State tournament which is Friday at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl at 10:30 a.m. The lanes are located at 3224 South High Street, Columbus.
As a team, Miami Trace was seventh out of 10 with a score of 3,050.
Minerva won the District with a 3,765. Claymont was second with a score of 3,616.
The Lady Lions of Washington High School placed third with a team total of 3,425.
Detty’s first game at the District was a 225. She followed that with a 219 and finally, a 226.
Also for Miami Trace, freshman Hannah Miller was 22nd with a three-game total of 479; senior Mckenzie Miller was 39th with a 418; sophomore Brittany Peters was 50th with a 355; junior Shira Beedy bowled two games for a 191, placing 62nd and freshman Emily Powell bowled one game with a score of 134 for 63rd place.
For Washington, freshman Lindsey Buckner was fourth with a 577 (the top two individuals not on a qualifying team qualify to State).
Also for Washington, sophomore Sammie Arbogast was 12th with a 514; junior Mariah Carter was 31st with a 441 and senior Kelsey Potts was 32nd with a three-game total of 437.
The teams also bowled six baker games. Baker games are when each member of the team takes turns bowling throughout the 10 frames.
Washington bowled a 961 baker score. Miami Trace had a total of 803 in their baker games.
“Going into the State, Macy has the highest District score out of everyone in Ohio,” coach Kaleb Taylor said.
“Macy did pretty well,” Taylor said. “She made some really good shots toward the end to seal the deal, if you will. Going into the last game, I knew she was close to the top. She needed a pretty decent final game to secure a spot (at State). The more she got going, she kind of loosened up, got into the swing of things.
“The team finished (seventh, one pin behind Sandy Valley),” Taylor said. “Macy’s been working pretty hard. She’s been pushing through everything. She’s got a good shot of being, probably top 10, maybe top five. I could say she’s got a good shot of being No. 1, but, it just depends on what everyone else does that day.
“I know she’s going to push herself to be the best she can be that day,” Taylor said. “She can put all the pressure on me. I’m not worried about her putting any extra pressure on herself. All she has to do is lean on me and I’ll be a nervous wreck the whole time, if that’s what it takes. All she has to do is worry about bowling.
“I’m extremely proud of the team as a whole,” Taylor said. “For as young as they are and as non-experienced in this situation as they are, they preformed really well this year. At the beginning of the year, I was expecting just an average team, just to have a decent team through the season.
“They surprised me when, mid-way through the season we won our Martin Luther King tournament,” Taylor said. “That’s when I realized this team was on the verge of being something special, they just needed to keep pushing themselves, keep competing.
“When we walked into the Sectional tournament, I was thinking we had a good shot of going to Districts,” Taylor said. “I wasn’t sure we could win it for the third year in a row. By the last few baker games, I realized we had won the Sectional. I was absolutely inspired and grateful and proud of the team that I have because of how hard they worked.
“I had several young ladies that were averaging in the low 100’s at the beginning of the season and now they’re in the 140’s and 150’s,” Taylor said. “Several of them shot their highest games ever this season. It’s a great feeling to see these young athletes succeed and reward themselves with these high games.”
The 670 score is the second-highest for Detty in her high school career. She bowled a 694 series at the Sectional as a sophomore. That included a 289 game.
“I was feeling good with my shots,” Detty said. “I felt comfortable with the oil pattern. I just had to make sure I was playing the same line and staying consistent on my spares. That was the big thing that got me through.”
Detty had three open frames in three games.
“One was a split,” Detty said. “I left a 10-pin and I believe I left a 4-pin, too.
“I just did what Kaleb told me to,” Detty said. “I stayed relaxed and focused on my shots.”
Finally, what about competing at State? (Detty was a member of the team that competed at State two years ago.)
“I’m really excited,” Detty said. “It’s kind of bittersweet, because, regardless of how I do, this is my last high school bowling experience; my last high school tournament. The fact that I get to end with State is kind of a big deal for me. It’s overwhelming and joyous.
“I am beyond blessed and beyond grateful for the opportunity to bowl at the State tournament,” Detty said. “I just have to make sure I stay focused and stay relaxed, hit my mark and make sure I cover my spares. I want to stay focused and have fun.”
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