For Paige House,
the idea of ceding her lineup to senior sister Bethany for Saturday's
Lafayette Jefferson Regional wasn't that big of a deal.
"I was happy not to
have the stress," she said with a laugh.
The tactical move
actually played out reasonably well for Bethany and the Trojans as she
logged a respectable 102 to score fourth on the team.
"Paige was nice
enough to step down and let Bethany come in and play," coach Toby Gentry
said. "She had her sister's back. She was OK with the coach's decision. I
didn't think we'd be coming in at 330 or whatever to get out. I felt the
course fit Bethany's style. She can hit the ball a long way off the tee.
Paige is straight down the middle, but not as long. Every once in a while
(Bethany) will spray a few, but you can get away with it here. Bethany came
in as our No. 5 and shot real well."
finished 12th in the field of 18 teams with 383. Culver Academy (341),
Western (342) and Crown Point (347) claimed the qualifying berths for the
"I think we did
pretty well for the (windy) conditions," Gentry said. "I'm satisfied with
what we shot. We knew coming in we didn't really have any girls playing
great, so we expected to be somewhere around 380. For us to hit it, I was
Martinson, who shot 121 in the sectional as a freshman led the Trojans in
her final match with a 92, matching 46s.
really well," Gentry said. "She's a low trajectory hitter, so the wind
didn't affect her. It's neat to look back to see what the seniors were
shooting as freshmen."
Slowed by a
lingering hip ailment, No. 1 Katelyn McCoy, the sole underclassmen in the
group, struggled to a 94, including 50 on the front nine. She was one stroke
better than Addison Gentry. Zoe Swanson carded a 107.
"We have one girl
for sure who wants to play in college, maybe two," Gentry said. "We've got a
lot of smart kids on the team. They're going to be running a company some
day and they're going to take their clients out and beat them. It was a
privilege to coach these kids. They had big hearts, a great work ethic. I
couldn't ask any more out of them. They made my first year coaching easy."
In addition to
McCoy and Paige House, Miranda Miller and Lizzie Gray will also be in the
mix next season.
"I'd like to (come
back), if they'll have me," Gentry said. "Maybe state next year. We'll see.