continued McKee is one of the section’s top girl bowlers, but her record day caught her by surprise.
“There’s no way I could have expected that,” McKee said. “The match before I had one of my worst ever; I had a 493. But I was in a good mood all day (Jan. 4) and felt really good when the match started.”
Fleury, who once fired an 824 series, understands.
“You never know when it’s going to be your day,” Fleury said. “You just go out there and sometimes everything falls into place.”
McKee didn’t leave a single pin standing during her record day, making every spare.
The key moment in the record-setting match came in the 10th frame of the first game when McKee left a pin standing. She confidently got the spare and added another strike to close the game.
“When she picked up that spare I knew she had something special going,” Fleury said. “That was the biggest ball she threw.”
McKee started bowling to strengthen her arm for softball. She’s a pitcher for the Sentinel team. That was in eighth grade. Since then she has made her mark on the lanes. She was part of the Section VII Ticonderoga girls championship team three years ago, the only Ti team to win a section bowling title, and has twice been named a CVAC all star. She has advanced to the state championship tournament each of the last three years.
Fleury noted McKee gets better every year. Last season she averaged 169 a game. This year that average is up to 186 and climbing.