The Troy girls’ bowling team has advanced to the state bowling tournament after finishing second last week at the Division One District Tournament held at Beaver-Vu Lanes in Beavercreek. The Trojans rolled a 4150 total score, including a 2986 after the three games, plus 1164 baker game results.

Troy joins Centerville, Beavercreek, Wayne, McAuley and Glen Este as the top six finishers which all advance to the state tournament.

Jenna Stone won the individual district title with a 729 series, rolling a 232-256-241. Kirsten McMullen was next with a 171-201-201, Rachel Darrow 214-165-191, A’leigha Smith 157-153-204, while Alyssa Shilt bowled a 243-208.

“Jenna was locked in and as the lanes broke down, she made the adjustments,” said Troy coach Rob Dever. “She made it happen all day long. Nothing phases her, we put her in the anchor position and when it comes time for a clutch shot, she doesn’t get nervous. She goes out and throws the ball.”

“The team has matured very well on the off the lanes,” he added. “We have good structure with solid team leaders.”

“One of the keys to success for us is that the girls genuinely get along and enjoys being around each other.”

While Troy was in contention for the district team title, Dever added that a freshman was the unsung hero of the districts for the Trojans.

“Alyssa Shilt came in during games two and three and threw a 243-208 and was a huge boost for the team,” Dever said. “A’leigha was struggling a bit after carrying us through sectionals, and Alyssa stepped up. We really have four different girls on any different days that can lead this team.”

Troy now will participate in the state championships, this Saturday at Wayne Webb’s Columbus Bowl. Bowling starts at 10:30.