It should’ve been billed as the battle of the conference’s highest-scoring anchors. Norristown’s Crystal Rose and Plymouth Whitemarsh’s Francesca Schoettle-Colelli had the highest and second highest averages respectively in the Suburban One American/Continental Conference during the 2014-2015 season. Rose posted a 185.3 average while Schoettle-Colelli managed 182.97 a set.
Neither would eclipse those marks when the PW Lady Colonials clashed against the Norristown Lady Eagles on Dec. 9 at Facenda Whitaker Lanes in East Norriton. The Lady Colonials (6-6, 2-6 conference) and Norristown each won two games, but PW had the greater pinfall, 2,087-2,009.
Rose led all bowlers with a 523 series, posting games of 167, 178, and 178. Teammate Patricia Poley recorded the highest individual score with 191 in the second game.
Schoettle-Colelli, howver, looked to be competing while trying to stave off an illness. After leading PW with a set-high 176 in the Lady Colonials’ 789-665 first-game win, head coach Jeff Blizzard sat her out the next game, which resulted in a 667-626 triumph by the Lady Eagles. She returned in the third game, but sometimes wore her green fleece jacket while on the lanes and notched 122.
Not having Schoettle-Colelli at full health meant the Lady Colonials needed to make adjustments. Nicole Esposito had 172 and 176 games but missed marks while filling-in at anchor in the second game (she tallied 129). Jordan Heaton scored 167 in game one, Marissa McBride had 150 the second game, and Celia Curry collected 150 in the third set.
Blizzard’s decision to remove Schoettle-Colelli had become a concern (Norristown seized the second set, 667-626). Esposito moved up from the four hole to anchor and Zara Dugan had been pulled from Junior Varsity to fill the four spot.
The Lady Eagles earned a 677-672 win in game three. Schoettle-Colelli rolled the first nine frames of that set. However, Dugan bowled for her in the final frame and rolled eight-spare-nine.
This was the second consecutive day the Lady Colonials had a match. They’ll return to Facenda Whitaker on Dec. 10 to take on Council Rock South in nonleague action. It’s unclear whether Schoettle-Colelli would be well enough to participate against the Golden Hawks.
PWHS 789-626-672= 2,087 
NAHS 665-667-677= 2,009 
Celia Curry 144-126-150= 420
Jordan Heaton 167-140-95=402
Marissa McBride 130-152-129= 411
Zara Dugan X-79-X= 79
Nicole Esposito 172-129-176= 477
Francesca Schoettle-Colelli 176-X-122= 298
Shannon Rose 105-97-123= 325
Desiree White 128-104-98= 330
Krystine O’Connor 131-97-119= 347
Patricia Poley 134-191-159= 484
Crystal Rose 167-178-178= 523