JOPLIN -- Fort Scott High School's varsity golf team posted its best team score of the season while placing four girls in the top 10 at the Galena Invitational here Thursday.
Girard won yet again with a four-woman score of 185 over nine holes. But the Tigers came in second with a 217, by far their best finish of the year. Caney Valley was third at 247 followed by Columbus at 270, Pittsburg 272 and host Galena rounding out the field with a 280.
"The girls are finally starting to play and score like I anticipated," Fort Scott head coach Karen Curran said. "It's just taken a little longer to get there than I thought it would. Super excited for the girls to all play well on the same day to earn a second place finish and a team medal."
The Tigers had been shooting in an are between 240 and 270 most of the season. The top individuals had been shooting high 50s to low 60s but five Tigers scored better than 60 Thursday.
Girard individuals claimed the top three places. Timbrelee McNair won yet another tournament as she finished with a 40 and Carly Heatherly was second with a 44. Trinadie Puckett won a tie-breaker with Fort Scott's Karley Stark at 50, but the score and fourth-place finish were still the Tigers' best of the season.
Two more Girard golfers, Ashley Johnson with a 51 and Ashley Horton with a 53, took fifth and sixth. Caney Valley's Ashlyn Helfey was seventh with a 54. Then Fort Scott players won the final three medals.
Laine Parks was eighth with a 55. Morgan Robertson won a tie-breaker for ninth place over teammate Maggie McDonald as both shot 56.
Natalie Wolf shot 59 for the Tigers, tying for 12th place and Hayden Shelden shot 65 to tie for 18th.
"Karley, Laine, and Maggie all shot career-low scores," Curran said. "Morgan shot her average for the season. Natalie was 11 strokes better than her last outing and Hayden is playing pretty consistent, but I think she's got her club selection figured out a little better that's going to help her score lower.
"These same six girls played in this tournament last year and shot a 242;today a 217. We've got to work on posting that kind of score consistently over the next few weeks in order to compete for post-season play."
The junior varsity team played in Galena's tournament at Joplin Wednesday and finished second. Parsons was the winner at 229 followed by the Tigers at 270. Three Girard teams took the next three spots. Galena, Columbus and Labette County fielded incomplete teams.
Ellen Harrison finished in fifth place for the Tigers with a 62. Ingrid Diaz was seventh with a 68 and Maddie Barbour was eighth with a 69. Emily Martin just missed a medal, tying for 11th with a 71.
"(Their scores) don't reflect how well they played or how much they have improved," Curran said.
The Fort Scott varsity will play on Monday at Parsons in the third Southeast Kansas League designated tournament.
"Needless to say, this was a big week for us," Curran said. "Now, time to get ready for Monday and prove that we can continue to play this level of golf every day, every tournament."
The Tigers are third in the SEK after two league tournaments, trailing leader Chanute and second-place Labette County. Robertson is eighth in individual standings followed by Stark in 10th, Shelden 15th, Wolf 17th and Parks in 18th.