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Lady Panthers finish second at sectional

Team sets school record in process of advancing
Lady Panthers finish second at sectional
Lady Panthers finish second at sectional
Corydon Central sophomore Emma Rowland watches her opening drive fly during the sectional play Saturday at Old Capital Golf Club in Corydon. Rowland, the defending individual sectional champion, finished second with a 73 as she led the Lady Panthers to a runner-up finish in the team standings. Photo by Brandon Miniard
By Brandon Miniard, Sports Writer, [email protected]

A crisp chill filled the air over Old Capital Golf Club in Corydon on Saturday as the venue once again played host to the annual Indiana High School Athletic Association Sectional 29.

Much like the venue, little has changed through the years, including the results as Floyd Central captured its 10th consecutive sectional title. Led by a sizzling 5-under 65 by sophomore Paige Giovenco to earn medalist honors, the Lady Highlanders ran away with the event by posting a combined score of 296.

All five Lady Highlanders finished within the top 10, including two more in the top five as Chloe Cook finished third and Trinity Bramer was fourth with scores of 74 and 75, respectively. Rachael Shaffer tied with New Albany’s Madison Daniel to finish seventh with an 82, while Keely Page finished ninth by shooting an 84.

Host Corydon Central will once again advance in the state tournament as it finished second with a team score of 328, posting a new school record in the process. The Lady Panthers were led by sophomore Emma Rowland, last year’s sectional medalist, who finished second to Giovenco with a 73. Freshmen Khloe Mathes and Madison Stillwell impressed in their first sectional match, finishing sixth and 10th with personal bests of 81 and 85, respectively. Senior Abby Russel followed with an 89, while sophomore Brittany Fogle rounded out the Lady Panthers with a 113.

Both North Harrison and Lanesville saw their seasons come to an end in sectional as they tied for ninth place with scores of 512. For the Lady Cats, sophomore Addy Reynolds led the way by shooting a 122, followed by a 128 from sophomore Isabelle Abner. Senior Olivia Abner followed with a 129, while Brooke Hergenrather finished with a 133.

The Lady Eagles were paced by junior Kaiya Cain’s 111, while senior Claire Jolley followed with a 131. Senior Emma Streigel and junior Ella Grossman each posted a score of 135.

The Lady Highlanders and Lady Panthers, along with Providence’s Savannah Gohmann (96) and Ainsley Wilt (101) and Borden’s Emily Cissel (103) and Lilly Lynch (103, alternate) now set their sights on The Legends Golf Club in Franklin, the site of the IHSAA regional six on Saturday with hopes of a trip to the state final in Carmel. Tee time is slated for 8:30 a.m.

Team Scores (Top 3 advance to Regional): 1. Floyd Central 296, 2. Corydon Central 328, 3. New Albany 346, 4. Borden 424, 5. Providence 458, 6. Clarksville 479, 7. Silver Creek 481, 8. Jeffersonville 492, T9. North Harrison, Lanesville 512, 11. Eastern (Pekin) 550.
Individual Scores: 1. Paige Giovenco (FC) 65, 2. Emma Rowland (CC) 73, 3. Chloe Cook (FC) 74, 4. Trinity Bramer (FC) 75, 5. Sarah Jefferson (NA) 78, 6. Khloe Mathes (CC) 81, T7. Madison Daniel (NA), Rachael Shaffer (FC) 82.
Top scorers from non-advancing teams: Savannah Gohmann (PROV) 98, Ainsley Wilt (PROV) 101, Emily Cissel (BOR) 103. Alternate: Lilly Lynch (BOR) 103.