It turned out the second-shift “burn” condition was the squad to bowl Thursday in the opening round of the USBC Queens tournament at the Raising Cane's River Center.

Eight bowlers posted over-220 averages for the first round of qualifying on that second shift, finishing plus-100 or more of the par of 200 per game in the shift, during which the lanes were not re-oiled.

Only six combined topped plus-100 on the first and third shifts with the “fresh” 41-foot Christmas-tree-shaped oil pattern.

Leading that second-shift charge was Lindsay Boomershine, a three-time USBC Champion and a member of the 2005 Nebraska championship team. Boomershine, a right-hander from Perry, Utah, opened with a strong 280 game and closed with 267 as she averaged 242.60 for five games, a score of plus 243.

The large international contingent on the tour showed as Poland’s Daria Pajak opened with 277 and finished her five games at plus-173 for the second spot.

The excitement on the final session of the day came as two-time PWBA title-holder and two-time World Bowling Tour champion Danielle McEwan of Stony Point, New York, came out firing with games of 279 and 237. After five 200-plus games, she stood in third place at plus-157.

One of the game’s top lefties, Shannon Pluhowsky, posted plus-141 with a 248 game to top “A” squad bowlers. She stands in fourth place.

Also highlighting the evening session, Diandra Asbaty posted a fine 246 final game to get past 100-over in the evening session at plus-111 to put her in good shape in 12th place just behind major champs Liz Johnson in 10th and Missy Parkin in 11th.

Qualifying continues Friday at the River Center with the B squad bowling at 8 a.m., the C squad at noon on the burn and the A squad finishing the day at 5 p.m.

The top 63 bowlers and defending champ Bernice Lim of Singapore after Saturday’s round will enter double-elimination match play Sunday. The finals are at 11 a.m. Tuesday.