When Ashley LaSalle went down with a hip injury after her first game, McPherson High School bowling coach Herb Halinski knew someone would have to step up and deliver big points to fill the gap. Enter Maysan Groote to save the day.

Groote had a season high 534 series complimented by Alexis Kieffer’s 544 series to lift the Bullpups over El Dorado, 1,893-1,886, Thursday afternoon at Starlite Lanes.

“Maysan bowled the best she ever has and helped carry the girls,” Halinski said. “The girls got together and decided that they were going to fight tough the rest of the day. The girls match was close all day. They saw the importance of spare shooting.”

Chloe Jones (394) and Brooke Miller (392) were on each others heels the entire day, as the Bullpups needed every pin to pull out the win.

The boys won a bit more comfortably, riding a pair of 620 series from Clayton Ouellette and Matthew Stiggins to a 2,541-2,098 win. Taylor Miller added a 613 series, including a team leading 233 game.

“The boys bowled good as a team and were consistent all day,” Halinski said. “We have had some nagging injuries with three of the boys, but they were able to take time and made most of their spares all day. Matt, Clayton and Jeff have all had aches and pains the last couple of weeks due to all of the blowing they have been doing, but really wanted to bowl and did a great job. I am proud of all of them as they remained focussed and are starting to gel together.

Next up for the Bullpups is the Great Plains Classic in Wichita at North Rock Lanes. The field is filled with Class 6A and 5A powers.