SYRACUSE - The oil light went on and Sachem North's girls responded.
Courtney Scholl and Amanda Naujokas said they adjusted to an unfamiliar oil pattern on Syracuse's Strike 'N Spare Lanes by decreasing their speed and switching balls.
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That strategy helped the Flaming Arrows finish third in the state bowling championships Saturday. Sachem North finished with 5,281 pinfall. Fairport won the team title with 5,399.
"It was more of a realization that we needed to make this adjustment now," said Scholl, who placed first overall with a 197.17 average, bowling a 232 in Game 5 of an 1,183 series.
Naujokas, a seventh-grader at Seneca Middle School, started off well with a 214 in Game 1 and a 209 in Game 2. After tailingoff, she found her groove again in Game 6 with a 201 for an 1,123 series. "I was missing my 10 pin and Courtney said to move one board to the left because I was missing it to the left," Naujokas said. "I angled my shoulders a little more, too."
Sachem North coach Warren Meahan said he was happy with the way the team responded.
"You have to make adjustments throughout the day as the oil dries and we did that," Meahan said. "A lot of the girls moved a board over and did really well when they did that."
One of those bowlers was Kaycie Gamblin, who rolled a 252 in Game 5 of an 1,125 series.
Bethpage finished in sixth. Elizabeth Ferraro bowled a 918 series in Game 2 of a 5,168 pinfall as Bethpage took sixth place. The senior said she had a tough time getting adjusted to the atmosphere in the team setting because her three previous years in the state tournamentwas as a member of the All-Star team. "It was definitely a struggle," said Ferraro, who bowled a 917 series. "I had some trouble hitting my mark, just overthinking things."
Rebecca Rosenheck rolled a 228 in Game 2 of a 1,101 series. "Confidence is key," she said. "We never gave up and we kept battling. I'm so happy about that."