CEDAR RAPIDS — The Central DeWitt girls bowling team was at its best.
And it set up a tight finish at Friday’s WaMaC Conference meet hosted by Marion.
Behind a runner-up series of 457 from senior Denyse Turnquist, the Sabers bowled their best score of the season at the meet — a 2,707.
That put them in a three-way race for the title with Maquoketa and Vinton-Shellsburg.
Ultimately, the Cardinals used a 480 series from titlist Alexsandra Thomas to take top honors with a 2,760.
The Sabers, meanwhile, held off the Vikettes for second with their score, finishing six pins ahead of Vinton-Shellsburg’s 2,701.
The Central DeWitt boys, meanwhile, were fifth in the team race with their score of 2,730. Vinton-Shellsburg took top honors with a score of 3,151, while Maquoketa was second with a 3,113.
Turnquist started strong, bowling a 242 in her first game, and then broke 200 again with a 215 in game two for her 457.
Freshman Jena Edwards bowled a 197 in game one and a 188 in game two for a 385, while Kimberly Hendricks bowled a 191 in game two for her 369 series.
Alyssa Lampe chipped in a 193 in her second game and finished with a 355 series, while just four pins separated Grace Pfeifle’s (179-161) 340 and Eve Schmitt’s (185-151) 336.
The Sabers averaged over 160 pins in their Baker rotation and finished with 801 pins over their five games.
The Sabers boys displayed plenty of balance with just 25 pins separating their top four series.
Freshman Eli Haack led the way, bowling a team-best 211 in game two after bowling a 180 in his first game for a 391 series.
Lane Walker was just 16 pins back with his 375 series and he was followed close behind by William Vanderbilt, who bowled a (199-169) 368, and Kaden Dammeier, who combined a team-best 205 in game one with a 161 in game two for a 366.
Devin Mumm bowled a 179 in the second game of his 323 series, while Branden Russell started his eventual 292 series with a 174 in game one.
The Sabers finished with an overall score of 907 in their Baker games, that averages out to more than 181 pins per game.