On Saturday, December 7 the Turpin Spartans (0-1) fell to the St. Xavier Bombers (1-0, #9 preseason Enquirer poll) 72-63. The Bombers used their significant size advantage to outrebound the Spartans 39-18, including 16 offensive rebounds which lead to multiple second chance scoring opportunities.
On Tuesday, the Lady Spartans got back on the lanes after a week off taking on Withrow at Cherry Grove Lanes in a non conference match. The layoff had an effect as Turpin got off to a slow start, but after match play, Turpin held a commanding lead of 1307-1139. Alise Dumford rolled a 179 in her first game. The Baker games went to Turpin as well and the Lady Spartans posted an 1831-1660 victory. Madison Gillespie rolled a high series of 289. Turpin improved to 4-1 on the year.
The next day took the Turpin girls to Mason Bowl for a match against Lakota East. It was close after game one in match play, but Turpin took control in the second game to hold a 1359-1190 advantage going into the Baker games. The Baker games proved too much for Lakota East to overcome as the Lady Spartans won easily 1942-1743, improving to 5-1 on the season. Leading the way for Turpin was Alise Dumford with a 322 series.
Turpin’s next match is Monday, December 9, vs. Walnut Hills at Cherry Grove Lanes.
The Turpin boys bowling team picked up their first victory of the season on Tuesday with a solid showing against Withrow, winning by a final of 1958 to 1684. Greg Wheaton had the high series for Turpin posting a 374 and Alex Brail was not far behind him with a 304. The Spartans also posted their two best Baker scores of the season with a 169 and 160. Solid contributions were made by Mediel Rivera, Tommy Hall, Anthony Perkins, Billy Rogers and Devin Carroll. The Spartans will try and continue their winning ways against Lakota East at Mason Bowl on Wednesday, December 4.
This was a win that was much needed by the Lady Spartans, the intensity was good for the entire game and the free throw shooting was good enough to help provide some offense. (21 - 30 70%) Almost half the points came from the free throw line, so the outside shooting needs to be better going forward.