Updated: February 7, 2013 6:30AM
Andrew, the defending state champion, has had its ups and downs this season.
Saturday, the Thunderbolts were up. Andrew scored big in the final two games to rally past Plainfield North, topping the Tigers 5,650-5,577 over six games to win the 16-team Bengal Bowling Invite at Oak Forest Bowl.
“Things are going good,” Andrew’s Nicole Zopf said. “We’ve won a couple tournaments now and we know we’re still one of the top teams.”
Zopf (1,277) finished third, placing ahead of teammate Cassie Boat by two pins.
“I knew we were really close,” Zopf said. “She doesn’t like to look at scores so she didn’t know. I feel bad beating her but she’s had her spots where she beat me.”
The Andrew duo trailed only individual champion Nicole Powell (1,324), of Sandburg, and runner-up Kayla O’Brien (1,310), of Lincoln-Way North.
The Thunderbolts trailed Plainfield North by 52 pins after four games before outscoring the Tigers 944-834 in Game 5. With the two squads bowling next to each other in the final game, Andrew nipped North 952-936 to hang on.
“I was really happy to see us hold up under a pressure situation,” Andrew coach Julie DeChene said. “We’ve been trying some different combinations and this was a really good experience for us.”
Ashley Sparrey (18th, 1,091) also had a strong showing for Andrew.
The drama for the individual title also played out on adjacent lanes. Powell’s 201 final game was good enough to hold off O’Brien.
Powell also won the Reavis Invitational last week.
“It was really exciting,” Powell said. “Lots of practice is paying off. Kayla and I are really good friends and it was fun bowling next to her at the end.”
Lincoln-Way North (5,493) took third, followed by Sandburg (5,263) and Rich South (5,213).
Evergreen Park’s Sarah Klawitter finished sixth (1,182) and Tinley Park’s Alyssa Spiess was seventh (1,179).