ROCKFORD – The name of the game in bowling is picking up spares.
While that is true, when it comes to the state meet, stringing strikes together is important to compete with the best the state has to offer.
Plainfield South’s Paige Kwiatkowski had a solid day picking up spares, but struggled to get the strike ball rolling as she came up short of finals, finishing with a 1,051 Friday at Cherry Bowl in Rockford.
“Strikes were a problem, but spares weren’t,” Kwiatkowski said. “There were more spares than strikes today. The first ball, I couldn’t do anything today. Yesterday I had a little problem, but I thought it would be fine. I was happy with my spare game. You have to get a lot of strikes at state.”
Despite coming up short of finals, she was happy with the experience.
“It was a great experience,” Kwiatkowski said. “Being only a junior, and the only one from South and the whole Plainfield, it was a great feeling.
“It was a great atmosphere. I didn’t think it would be this crowded. It is crazy in here. It gets pretty loud. I thought our invites were pretty loud, but this is crazy.”
It was also different for Kwiatkowski bowling alone rather than with her teammates.
“You are used to having your teammates there to support you, so it was a little awkward when you don’t have anybody,” she said. “It hurts a little bit.”