Krystina Nealon of Coral Glades and Jessica Mellott of Coral Springs Charter School went to the 2013 FHSAA Bowling Championships in Orlando with hopes for high finishes. But with about 275 girls competing, the hopes weren’t equaled by expectations.
Neither girl was prepared for what happened — facing each other in the finals for the individual championship in the double-elimination tournament at Boardwalk Bowl.
Nealon, who won the title by edging Mellott two games to one in the final match, said it never entered her head that she might oppose her Coral Springs neighbor for the title.
Mellott agreed with a shake of her head: “Didn’t even think of it. Not at all.”
Mellott and Nealon won nine out of 10 matches against the other 14 qualifiers before facing each other for the title Thursday afternoon. Mellott, who had won four matches after being relegated to the losers’ bracket in the second round Wednesday, took the first game 257-234.
But Nealon, undefeated after winning four matches in the winners’ bracket, rallied. She won the second game 215-194 and won a striking contest 225-209 in the decisive third game. Nealon registered strikes in six frames, Mellott in five.
Nealon’s game featured consistency, the key reason she did not lose a match. She won three in a row Wednesday and completed the run with two more Thursday.
“I think I bowled more consistently this year, and my spare game improved,” she said. “Every one of my matches went to three games.”
Mellott was too busy bowling to have time for anything else. After losing a second-round match, she had to battle her way out of the losers’ bracket and did so by winning one match on Wednesday and three more on Thursday before meeting Nealon.
“I’m not really tired. I’m kind of excited,” Mellott said after the match with Nealon. “I motivated myself by talking inside my head and giving myself high-fives.”
After fighting her way through the losers’ bracket, Mellott said she thought she could have bowled better against Nealon and might have won the match. “I caught some bad breaks and just threw a few balls too hard.”
Archbishop McCarthy (5-0) continued its steamroll through the early portion of its schedule and defeated Coconut Creek 9-0.
Six different Mavericks scored, with Taylor Schore, Yari Bradfield and Mikayla Plummer netting two goals apiece.• Archbishop McCarthy 9, Coconut Creek 0: Taylor Shore 2 goals. Yari Bradfield 2 goals. Mikayla Plummer 2 goals. Abby Ribas goal. Alexa Rivera goal. Madison St. Philip goal. AMC 5-0.
• American Heritage 9, Dillard 0: Zandy Soree scored three goals and assisted on another goal as she propelled American Heritage (5-0) to the win over Dillard.
Melanie Montagudo added two goals. Gejah Sason netted a goal and assisted on another while Jessica Blair scored a goal and assisted on two.• American Heritage 9, Dillard 0: Zandy Soree 3 goals, assist. Melanie Montagudo 2 goals. Dejah Sason goal, assist. Jessica Blair goal, 2 assists. AH 5-0.
• Cypress Bay 8, South Plantation 0: Behind three goals form Maria Munoz, Cypress Bay struck down South Plantation.
Munoz set the tone for the Lightning while Sari Kruetzer followed suit by adding two goals of her own.
The Lightning improved to 3-1 with the win.• St. Thomas Aquinas 6, Cooper City 0: Isabella Martines and Isabella Dorosy each accounted for two goals and an assist as the Raiders cruised past the Cowboys.
Alejandra Suarez and Paige Andrews each added a goal while Abby Pangallo and Brittany Macaluso combined for a shutout.
The Raiders improve to 4-0, while Cooper City drops to 1-1.• Cardinal Gibbons 8, Northeast 0: Leslie Novakovic netted three goals as she led Cardinal Gibbons past Northeast.
Novakovic’s scoring set the tone for the Chiefs and a Valentina Sierra goal and assist served as extra insurance in the rout.
The Chiefs improve to 3-1 with the win.• University School 3, Coral Springs Charter 0: Three separate Suns scored goals to launch University School past Coral Springs Charter.
Jessica Diaz, Madiya Harriott and Angie Korakakos all netted goals in the victory.
Ally Lowitz and Rikki Farquharson combined for a shutout.• Pine Crest 4, Pompano 0: Jennifer Defaria goal. Jordyn Elliott goal. Madeline Turner 3 assists. PC 3-1-1.
• Douglas 3, Pines Charter 2: For PC: Emely Sosa goal. Rachel Lorenzo goal. PC 3-1-1.
• Calvary Christian 2, Chaminade-Madonna 0: Aly Mielke 2 goals. CC 2-1-1.
• Dade Christian 1, South Florida Heat 0: Abby Clanton goal. Alyssa Hessing shutout. DC 4-1.
• Late Wednesday – American 4, Hollywood Hills 0: Lenysse Dyer 3 goals, assist. Keimi Martinez goal. Michelle Murch shutout. AME 1-0-1.
Eight different players scored for American Heritage as it defeated Dillard 8-0 and improved to 2-0-1.
Joshua Franco, Kevin Vidal and Jacob Robbie netted goals, propelling the Patriots to victory.• American Heritage 8, Dillard 0: Joshua Franco goal. Kevin Vidal goal. Jacob Robbie goal. AH 2-0-1.
American Heritage vs. Kathleen (Home), 7
Glades Day vs. Archbishop McCarthy, 7
Boyd Anderson vs. Taravella (C. Springs), 7
Coral Springs vs. Cardinal Gibbons, 7
West Broward vs. Coral Glades, 7
C.S. Christian vs. Victory Christian, 7
Cypress Bay vs. Northeast (Northeast), 7
St. Thomas at Deerfield, 7
Nova vs. Douglas (Douglas), 7
Piper vs. Everglades (Everglades), 7
Stranahan vs. Fort Lauderdale (Dillard), 7
Highlands Christian vs. Marco Island, 7
Hollywood Hills vs. McArthur (McArthur), 7
North Broward at Kings Academy, 7
South Plantation vs. Plantation (PAL), 7
South Broward vs. Western (Western), 7
Inlet Grove vs. Suncoast (Suncoast ), 7
Boca Christian vs. Somerset Academy, 3