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Johnson fourth at Queens

Diandra Asbaty of Chicago ended Liz Johnson's shot at the USBC Queens bowling championship Monday night, then went on to win the title herself at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas.

Asbaty defeated the Cheektowaga bowler, 233-191, in the second match of the televised stepladder finals. Then she went on to defeat Stefanie Nation of Grand Prairie, Texas, before avenging her only loss of the tournament, defeating top seeded Carolyn Dorin-Ballard in the final match, 244-227.

Johnson, slotted at No. 4, defeated No. 5 Josie Earnest of Nashville, Tenn., 268-223, in the first stepladder game. After an opening spare. Johnson strung six strikes to take command. She finished off Earnest with three more strikes in the ninth and 10th. Earnest began with a double but opened in the fourth frame to give Johnson the opening she needed.

In the second match, however, Johnson was plagued by three splits, while Asbaty shot nothing but strikes and spares.

Johnson opened in first frame after she left the 4-6 split. Asbaty responded with four strikes and soon opened a 30-pin lead. Already in trouble, Johnson was working on a double in the seventh when she opened again, leaving the 4-6-10. She converted the 3-10 baby split in the ninth but by then it was all but over.

Johnson, who won the 2009 Queens, now has four top-five finishes in the tournament. She lost her first match on Sunday after qualifying fourth and had to win six elimination matches just to reach the final four rolloff of the losers bracket. She averaged 701 for the six series.

Fourth place was worth $5,000 for Johnson. Asbaty, 31, collected $20,000 for her first major title.