After falling to powerful Walker Valley earlier in the week, the Bear squads added losses to Signal Mountain and Chattanooga Central in the last two days.
“We knew this was going to be a very tough week, but we’ll bounce back,” declared first-year Bradley coach Don Burke.
The Bearettes knocked down more pins than Signal Mountain, but dropped a close 15-12 battle in team points, then fell to Chattanooga Central by just 105 pins in a 17-10 outcome.
Meanwhile, the Bears fell to the Eagles by a 24-3 tally and the got bruised by the Purple Pounders 16-11.
The Bradley teams will return to the lanes on Tuesday with a trip to Rhea County scheduled.
Despite being short a player, the Lady Eagles were able to win four of the heads-up matches and take the pin fall bonus points in the first two games Wednesday, but then the Bearettes split the final game 3-3 and took the third round pin fall bonus and their total gave them a the final three points with a 1,796 to 1,739 final tally.
Chloe Wallace led the way for Bradley with a 342 series, with a 149 high-game, while Kealey Collins helped out with a 259 in her two games.
On Thursday, the Bearettes and Lady Pounders split their first 12 heads-up battles with each team taking the pin fall bonus in one of the first two rounds. Chattanooga Central rallied for four wins in the final game and match for the victory.
Collins paced Bradley’s tally with a 449 series, including the match high game with a 177. Wallace posted a 380 three-game total.
For the Bradley boys, Tanner Ratcliff had the high total against Signal Mountain with a 427 series, while Braden Sneed had a 409 tally. Alec Norwood rolled a 296 total in his two games.
Against the Purple Pounders, Norwood topped the Black-and-Gold effort with a 596 series that included a team high game of 210. Ratcliff helped out with a 543, including a 204 game, while Ryan Chapman rolled a 460 series.