Less han 24 hours after completing their Suburban One League Continental/American Conference finale, the Plymouth Whitemarsh Lady Colonials had another match to participate. Grant it, the Lady Colonials would travel to Brunswick Zone XL on Feb. 4 to face three-girl Council Rock South.
However, the Lady Colonials were without leadoff Celia Curry, two hole Jordan Heaton, three hole Marissa McBride, and anchor Francesca Schoettle-Colelli. Instead, PW’s lineup consisted Samie Leeds, Jalea McClain, Zara Dugan, Julianna Pierce, and Nicole Esposito. McClain made her varsity debut while Esposito filled-in at anchor.
The Lady Colonials pulled out the 4-0 (1,661-1,160) sweep of SOL National member CR South in the regular season finale for both teams despite setting season lows in total pinfall and game score (513). Dugan and Pierce each contributed 356 to lead PW (32-36). It’s the only time this season no Lady Colonial had a 400-plus series.
Lauren Gudknecht paced the Lady Hawks with games of 147,158 and 156 (461 series). CR South spent the entire regular season with three females on the roster (Alli Witten and Sabrina Vicente have been the others).
There were plenty of splits, missed spares, and first-ball gutters. Esposito even had one double-gutter frame. The lanes were vacuumed immediately before the nonleague tussle.
The Lady Colonials plan on bringing their top seven bowlers to Thunderbird Lanes in Willow Grove on Feb. 10 for the SOL Continental/American championships (National’s tournament takes place that day at Thunderbird Warminster). Three individuals who didn’t have a top-12 conference average will qualify for the March 4 Eastern Pa. regional singles tournament at 222 Dutch Lanes in Ephrata (as long as they bowled at least 28 games on varsity). Right now, only Shoettle-Colelli will be heading to regionals since she finished in the conference’s top 12.
These teams also met each other back on Dec. 10. PW overwhelmed the visiting Lady Hawks, 4-0 (2,272-1,442), at Facenda Whitaker Lanes in East Norriton. Schoettle-Colelli set a new PW for high series with 669, including games of 245 and 246.
PW 614 534 513= 1,661 
CRS 397 375 388= 1,160 
Plymouth Whitemarsh (32-36):
Sammie Leeds 121-108-95= 324
Jalea McClain 89-95-111= 295
Zara Dugan 139-116-101= 356
Julianna Pierce 141-111-104= 356
Nicole Esposito 124-104-102= 330
Council Rock South:
Alli Witten 123-104-121= 348
Sabrina Vicente 127-113-111= 351
Lauren Gudknecht 147-158-156= 461