Lovely takes Ladies event on Midwest 9-Ball Tour

Liz Lovely, Mike Durbin-sponsor and Julia Gabriel


Liz Lovely got by Julia Gabriel twice to claim the Ladies event title on the Midwest 9-Ball Tour's February 16-17 stop. The $750-added event, run concurrently with a One-Pocket and Open event, drew 34 entrants to Shooters in Olathe, KS.

Lovely and Gabriel met first among the winners' side final four, as Debbie Reese and Shelby Dawn squared off in the other winners' side semifinal. Lovely took her first of two against Gabriel 7-1, and in the hot seat match, met Dawn, who'd defeated Reese by the same score. Lovely got into the hot seat with a 7-3 victory over Dawn, and waited on Gabriel's return.

Gabriel moved west to meet Sharon Rinkert, who'd defeated Heather Middleton 7-2 and Sherrie Thomason 7-5. Reese picked up Nicole Keeney, who'd gotten by Karen Lincoln 7-2 and Lisa Porter 7-3. Gabriel advanced to the quarterfinals with a 7-4 win over Rinkert, and was met by Keeney, who'd eliminated Reese 7-1.

Gabriel defeated Keeney 7-4 in those quarterfinals, and went on to drop Dawn 7-3 in the semifinals. Lovely prevailed in the finals 7-5 to claim the Ladies event title.