In order to be among the best, you must defeat the best. The Plymouth Whitemarsh Lady Colonials haven’t appeared to be potential contenders so far this season.
An opportunity to notch a quality victory came against the North Penn Maidens in Suburban One Continental/American action on Dec. 23 at Earl Bowl in Earlington. The Maidens captured the championship trophy at the 2015 Snowroller Showdown in Lancaster on Dec. 19. North Penn is also the defending conference champion.
Unfortunately for the Lady Colonials, North Penn overcame a slow start to defeat PW, 3-1 (2,145-2,074). Anchor Danielle Godshall jockeyed the Maidens with a 194 game and 514 series.
PW (15-17, 7-17 conference) was led by junior anchor Francesca Schoettle-Colelli with a 194 game and 530 series. Three-hole Marissa McBride totaled 465 for the Lady Colonials by tallying 166, 134, and 165. Four-hole Nicole Esposito added to PW’s efforts with 400.
At first, the Lady Colonials seemed to possibly make a statement by seizing the first game, 706-660. Schoettle-Colelli deposited 179, McBride had the 166, and leadoff Celia Curry added 140. Godshall compiled 160, Lilianna Ly scored 143, and Rachel Brynien collected 139 for the Maidens.
Before the second game, North Penn removed Nicole Grace and replaced her with Michelle Kersey. Although Kersey recorded 117, the Maidens won the second set, 714-636. Godshall cashed-in the 194, Ly added 173, and four-hole Janavi Kangasundaram posted 143. Schoettle-Colelli couldn’t convert all of her spares and tallied 157.
Entering the third set, both North Penn and the Lady Colonials made changes. Curry was replaced by Sammie Leeds and PW two-hole Jordan Heaton exited for Julianna Pierce. Grace returned for the Maidens as Brynien moved to Junior Varsity.
The moves paid dividends for North Penn as it secured a 771-732 win in game three. Kersey knocked down 185 while Godshall had 160. Schoettle-Colelli reached 194, meaning she failed to record a 200 game for the second straight match.
This was PW’s last match before the holiday break. The Lady Colonials are scheduled to host Upper Dublin in conference play on Jan. 6, 2016 at Facenda Whitaker Lanes in East Norriton. PW head coach Jeff Blizzard considers holding a practice during the break but isn’t sure it would commence.
PW 706 636 732= 2,074 
NP 660 714 771= 2,145 
Celia Curry 140-79-JV= 219
Sammie Leeds JV-JV-115= 115
Jordan Heaton 104-118-JV= 222
Julianna Pierce JV-JV-123= 123
Marissa McBride 166-134-165= 465
Nicole Esposito 117-148-135= 400
Francesca Schoettle-Colelli 179-157-194= 530
Nicole Grace 98-JV-148= 246
Michelle Kersey JV-117-185= 302
Rachel Brynien 139-87-JV= 226
Lilianna Ly 143-173-125= 441
Janavi Kanagasundaram 120-143-154= 417
Danielle Godshall 160-194-160= 514