The Lacey Township High School girls bowling team won the South Jersey Group II championship for the second year in a row Saturday at Laurel Lanes in Mount Laurel.
The Lions finished first out of 11 teams with a total of 2,713 pins, 275 pins higher than second place and co-Shore Conference B champion Manchester Township.
“You can’t describe the feeling of winning it for the second time especially when its with the same group that won it last year,” coach Jack Mahar said. “They’re such phenomenal young women.”
The Lions came back this season with the goal of maintaining their title as South Jersey champions and used their determination and teamwork to come out on top again.
“We knew we had the entire squad coming back and they are focused, they are athletic and they want to win,” Mahar said.
Of the returning players, senior Liz Schreier earned the high series for Lacey, bowling a 574 with game scores of 202, 188 and 184.
“It’s an accomplishment, but it wasn’t about getting the high series, it was about getting it for the team,” Schreier said.
Cumberland Regional’s Totiana Miranda placed first overall at the tournament for her individual high series result of 676 with the third highest game score of 254.
Teammates Julia Muro, a senior, and Samantha Trembley, a junior, also helped lead the Lions to victory. Muro had Lacey’s highest game, bowling a 226 and Trembley followed with a 210.
“We’re one big family,” Schreier said. “We’re such good friends.”
Lacey maintained a steady lead over Manchester in game one with 906-872 instead of rallying in the final game as they did last year.
“They never seem to get nervous, which is amazing to me,” Mahar said. “We were in front from game one and they just fed off each other.”
The Lions will compete in the Tournament of Champions on Friday and both Schreier and Trembley will compete in the individual tournament Wednesday.
Miranda will also bowl in the individual tournament.