SMYRNA -- Elizabeth Coutta of Smyrna High School finished runner-up in the TSSAA Bowling Championships, defeating Stewarts Creek's Bricey Caudill in the semifinals at the Smyrna Bowling Lanes.
Coutta wasn't as fortunate in the finals as she fell to Hardin County's Kailee Channell 200-162. A field of 48 bowlers from across the state competed in the event.
"One of my thumbs split open and I had a blister, Coutta said. "I had to finish the game, though, instead of dropping out. Channell is a wonderful bowler."
Caudill came out hot as she bowled 20 straight frames without an open one. In the first match, she defeated Janna LaBuda of Bartlett 233-180.
In the match she had six strikes in frames one through three and seven through nine.
Her second match was against Kyleigh Husted of White House.
Both bowlers bowled clean games. Caudill rolled four straight strikes on frames two through five. Husted had five strikes and five spares, but Caudill took the match by 224-201.
In the All-Rutherford County semifinals battle between Caudill and Coutta of Smyrna, Coutta bowled a clean game with five spares and fourth strikes en route to a tight 200-192 victory.
Despite no fans being allowed in the facility, Caudill said it played no effect in the outcome.
"I do not think it affected my bowling as much," Caudill said. "I have been practicing more this year and I have definitely improved."
"She had the best finish in school history," Stewarts Creek coach Jon Ruttencutter added. "She did very well and I am very proud of her."
Open frames proved to be an issue in the finals for Coutta.
"The open frames killed her," Smyrna coach Kelly Marlin said. "She chased the oil line and had to keep moving left, but she got it back later in the match."
Other bowlers who competed on the girls' side were a pair of sophomores from Siegel in Karise Woods and Eleanor Woods.
Eleanor Woods bowling a four game series of 582, while Karise Woods rolled a series of 711 series and a high game of 205, and just missed by two pins of advancing to the next round.
Catie Waugh of Oakland rolled a 554 series with a high game of 166. Andrea Anderson of Rockvale rolled a 561 with a high of 162. Both of those bowlers are freshmen.
Abby Bland of Blackman had a 588 with a high of 154, and Angel Leland of Stewarts Creek rolled a 638 series, bowling her high of 169 twice.
On the boys' side, only three made the tournament. Oakland freshman Will Smith had a 687 with a high game of 205. Freshman Dalton Lawwell of Siegel had a 753 with a high game of 215.
Rounding out the county qualifiers Smyrna senior Kyler Sengsouk, who is new to the game having bowled only six months. He rolled a 754 series with a high game of 193.