ARLINGTON, Texas – For the first time in school history, Jackson State claimed the SWAC bowling championship title Sunday night at the International Training and research Center. The Lady Tigers defeated Prairie View A&M 4-2 in the 11th match.
The first match of the day was the Lady Tigers’ first loss of the tournament, going down 4-1.
A slow start for JKST gave the Lady Panthers the first two games – both scores over 200. JKST took the third game, 174 to 169, but PVAM finished the match with two consecutive wins. With this win, the Lady Panthers forced a second match due to double elimination.
A key bowler for PVAM in the first match was Alexes Burton who only allowed one open frame out of 10, coming in the last game.
PVAM’s complete scores from the first match were 202, 203, 169, 211, 178. JKST’s final scores of the round were 156, 128, 174, 210, 169.
JKST swept the first three games in the second match, but allowed the Lady Panthers to take the fourth by a difference of 30 pins and the fifth by 14.
The sixth game opened with each team throwing strikes – a total of six before breaking the streak. Both teams would continue the game tied until the top of the sixth frame when Briana Reid rolled a strike to pull the Lady Tigers ahead by two pins.
The Lady Tigers would finish the tournament with a 4-2 win with a game six score of 278. That score was the highest of the entire championship game.
JKST was led by Most Valuable Bowler, Briana Reid who only left one frame open out of 11 games. She was the only bowler on the team to remain clean the entire second match.
This appearance in the championship game was JKST’s first since 2006 when the Lady Tigers fell to Alabama A&M.