Penn-Trafford Bowlers Win WPIBL Women’s Tag Team Championship




Thursday, February 17, 2022 | 9:00 p.m.

Before Thursday, it was already a good season for the Penn-Trafford women’s bowling team.

The Warriors won a sectional title with a 9-1 record and last month junior Alyssa Balest won the women’s title at the inaugural WCCA Championships.

On Thursday, a good season got even better.

Penn-Trafford defeated Burrell, 2-0, in the best of three finals to win the WPIBL Women’s Tag Team Championship at AMF Mt. Lebanon Lanes. Burrell beat Deer Lakes, 3-2, in the semifinals.

The top three teams from the qualifiers advance to the Staggered Finals in a Baker format.

Penn-Trafford was the top team in qualifying with a score of 2,605. Burrell (2,593) was close behind, followed by Deer Lakes (2,486). Plum and Butler finished in the top five. Freeport, Norwin, Latrobe, Montour and Kiski Area complete the top 10.

Balest had the third best score in qualifying, throwing a streak of 660 with a 277 in Game 3.

Plum’s Mareana Pilyih topped the pack in qualifying with a streak of 737, including a game-high 279. Burrell’s Lydia Flanagan was second with a streak of 718 and the best game of the day, a 289.

Kaylee Lipp of Deer Lakes was fourth with a streak of 629 and Mackenzie Livingston of Freeport was fifth with a streak of 601.

Women’s team competition at the Western Pennsylvania Regional Championships is scheduled for Saturday, March 2 at the North Versailles Bowling Center.

Individual WPIBL tournaments are scheduled for next week with the boys playing at North Versailles on Wednesday and the girls competing at AMF Belle Vernon on Thursday.

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