Inches are important in Lake Orion’s run to Oakland County girls’ bowling title – The Oakland Press

The difference between winning and losing in sports is often measured in inches.

An inch to the right and the towering fly ball sails to the right instead of tapping the dirty poll for a game-winning home run in baseball.

An inch to the left and the buzzing clap shot hits the goal post instead of the back of the net in hockey.

That was the case on Sunday in the Oakland County Girls Bowling Championship semifinal match play at Cherry Hill Lanes in Clarkston.

Lake Orion won the tournament, beating Farmington Hills Mercy, 342-301, in the two-game total pins title match.

However, long-time Lake Orion head coach Denny O’Neill pointed to a key frame in the semifinal round match with South Lyon.

Sophomore Paige Morris had to convert a 1-2-4-10 spare, a shot that took precision to complete.

One inch in either direction and the 10-pin remains.

Why was that shot so important?

“We beat South Lyon by one pin in total,” said O’Neill.

Eva Crumley of South Lyon earned high runs by throwing a 706 in the Oakland Country Bowling Tournament held at Cherry Hill Lanes in Clarkston on Sunday, January 16, 2022. South Lyon finished in third place. (KEN SWART -For MediaNews Group)

An inch off and South Lyon will face Mercy instead of the Dragons for the team title.

Lake Orion won that semifinal match, 349-348, setting the stage for the Dragons and Mercy in the title match.

The Dragons won the 15th annual countywide tournament. South Lyon finished third, beating South Lyon East in the consolation game (386-318)

Qualifying consisted of three games of five bowlers and four baker games.

The top 10 games and series thrown in the qualifying were awarded with medals. The top 16 qualifying teams were grouped into bracket format, with two-game match play with total pins determining which teams advanced.

Lake Orion came in fifth from the qualifying round.

Before defeating South Lyon and Mercy, the Dragons Madison Heights knocked out Bishop Foley in the opening round (338-234) and North Farmington (373-279) in the quarterfinals.

How did they do it?

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