The Hancock County girls’ golf teams concluded their seasons Saturday at Westwood Country Club in New Castle.
In the 18-team field, New Palestine was the top area finisher in 10th with a score of 402. Mt. Vernon was 13th (409) and Greenfield-Central 15th (422).
No.1 Yorktown (321) placed first followed by Hamilton Southeastern and Noblesville, who also advanced to this weekend’s State Finals.
NP’s Abby Poole (85), who captured medalist honors at both the county and sectional meets, was the top area finisher. G-C’s Makenzie Fisk (92) and MV’s Ellen Wuerch (94) finished behind Poole, who was three strokes shy of the cutoff to advance as an individual.
Royals win EH invite
Eastern Hancock swept four games to win its own invitational Saturday, dropping only one game the entire day. The Royals opened with wins over Greenwood (25-15, 25-13) and Hagerstown (21-25, 25-8, 15-12) before topping Frankton (25-16, 25-16) and finally North Decatur (25-15, 25-15).
EH has now won 11 contests in a row and 12 of its last 13.
Jordian Eastes registered 90 assists on the day, giving her the program’s single-season assist mark. Other contributors were Frannie Stephenson (32 kills), Hannah Best (43 digs), Melissa Bedell (18 kills), Lauren Harmon (16 kills) and Beka Dickmander (18 kills).
The Royals (16-5) host Wes-Del today.
G-C third, MV eighth at Cougar Challenge
Greenfield-Central split four games to place third at the Cougar Challenge Saturday. Bloomington South was first, Franklin second.
The Cougars won their two opening games against Whiteland (25-12, 25-13) and Lebanon (25-20, 25-18) to move into the top bracket of the championship round.
G-C was then felled by Bloomington South (25-18, 19-25, 15-10) and Franklin (25-16, 25-17).
Megan Bradley (65 assists), Rachel Irbe (29 kills, 10 digs), Maddi Graham (20 kills), Alex Colclazier (41 digs) and Jordan Bunch (17 kills) paced G-C. Irbe and Colclazier were named to the all-tournament team.
“The girls played (Franklin) so tough until about point 12, and then we just seem to lose focus and really struggle to play our game,” G-C coach Rita Rouse said. “As long as we play fearless regardless who is on the other side of the net, that’s when we play our best volleyball. That’s what we have to do every single match.”
The blue-and-gold (14-8) are at Shenandoah today.
Mt. Vernon, who placed eighth, dropped its opening two matches, losing 25-16, 25-17 to Franklin and 25-16, 25-13 to Batesville.