Hawks stand in 2nd after late run on Day 1 of Hawk Classic
Nov. 18, 2016

MILLSBORO, Delaware - The host Maryland Eastern Shore Bowling squad is standing in second place after one day of competition at the Hawk Classic at Millsboro Lanes. The Hawks boast a 4-1 record and a total pinfall of 4,865 (194.6 average) after five Baker matches on Friday. The Shore closed out the day on a high note smacking around first-place Sam Houston, which had ridden roughshod over the rest of its competition on the opening day. Eastern Shore topped the Bearkats 1,107-1,007 in the final match of the day for both teams. The big score pushed the Hawks from fifth place to second. Sam Houston was 4-1 on the day as well and had a total pinfall of 5,214 (208.6 average). “We had a rough start, but we ended great,” Hawks coach Kayla Bandy said. “Ladies were feeding off each other’s energy well toward the end of the day. We just couldn’t find the flow earlier in the day to get things started.” The Shore opened with a 980-850 win against Tulane, followed that up with a 959-901 loss to Stephen F. Austin. “Early in the day it was a struggle,” Bandy said. “We couldn’t find the correct zone to be in as a team.” The turning point of the day seemed to come in the third match against Kutztown, when Bandy inserted Danielle August, Quianna Macares and Alexandra Hernandez into the lineup to mix things up. In game 3, the trio was part of six-straight strikes and helped key and eventual 910-854 win against the Golden Bears. “They may not have filled the most frames, but they came in and gave us the energy boost we needed to get the next step, which was to find where we needed to be on the lane as a team and how we were going to attack the lanes moving forward,” Bandy said. “They came in and made some good shots and convinced me we needed to go left as a team.” Those bowlers had spent some time on the practice pairs and thought they had a feel for what the lanes were giving them. It was that different perspective that helped the rest of the team as the lineup slowly shifted back to the day’s starters. A win against Central Missouri 967-879, was sandwiched between the Kutztown and Sam Houston victories. “I think earlier in the day we were trying so hard to make perfect shots and strike every single time instead of staying present and giving each shot 100 percent,” Bandy said. The more pressure the team put on themselves to pick up those spares, the less they came. The Hawks now turn their attention to Day 2, which features traditional team games. “We talked after bowling ended about some things we could do better and things we did well,” Bandy said. “We are going to capitalize on some things and build on the things we need to do better tomorrow like filling in frames and playing the lanes together. At the end of day we were golden — sliding and targeting the same zone. Earlier in the day we need to get on the same page. “Filling frames will make that easier. We’re not pressured to make shots after making spares.” The Shore starts the day against University of Alabama-Birmingham, then faces Monmouth, St. Francis University (Pa), Long Island University Brooklyn, Franklin Pierce and St. Francis College Brooklyn.



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