The Bears broke open a close match in the final game, pulling away for a 19.5-7.5 victory by claiming nine of the final 11 points in the match.
“This was a big district win for us,” proclaimed first-year Bradley coach Don Burke. “Our guys came out strong in the first game and then finished strong to take the win.”
Taking four of the first half dozen heads-up matches and claiming the pin fall bonus points by more than 100 pins, the Bears roared out to a 6-2 advantage.
The Purple Pounders were able to close the gap to a single point by the end of Game 2, but then the hosts repeated the opening game performance and tacked on the overall pin fall bonus points for the victory. The Bears claimed the final tally by a 2,656-2,503 margin.
As he has all season, Alec Norwood let the way for Bradley with a 507 series, including a 215 high game as he notched a trio of heads-up points.
Mitchell Baker and Tanner Ratcliff added 481 and 480 three-game totals to the Bear effort, while Kile Grady came on as a substitute to roll the final game and posted a 175.
“Kile’s score was the key to our win,” declared coach Burke. “We had gotten an 85 and a 118 in that slot in the first two games, and he came on with a great game for a win and some much-needed pins.”
The Bears are now 5-4 on the season and will battle Walker Valley, Signal Mountain and Chattanooga Central next week.
The Lady Pounders reversed the team tally in the girls’ match, taking home a 20.5-6.5 win.
After just 22 pins separated the teams after the first game, the girls from Harrison pulled away with a 10.5-3.5 run in the final two games.
Chloe Wallace topped the Bearette effort with a 395 series, including a team-high game of 171.
Kealey Collins and Callie Morgan weren’t too far behind with 385 and 383 totals respectively.