Leading by a comfortable 16 strokes after the first day of the Division II girls golf state championship, the Salpointe Catholic Lancers hope more familiarity with the course will help them lower their scores even more in today's final round.
Krystal Quihuis led the Lancers, shooting a 4-under-par 68 on Friday at the Aguila Golf Course in Laveen. The sophomore birdied five holes, had only one bogey and shot par the rest of the way to earn her a seven- stroke lead in the indiviual championship race.
"Krystal was incredibly focused all day," Salpointe coach Michele Murphy said. "She set a goal for herself today to break par, and she did it."
Even with the lead, Salpointe is expecting a lower score in the final round.
"We had a great day, but I think we can get some better scores" today, Murphy said. "Every tournament we've been in this season we've played better on the second day than on the first day."
Tess Terry shot the second lowest score for the Lancers with a 78. Brianna Vogel carded an 81, and Alex Davis had an 88.
Canyon del Oro freshman Morgan Messick also had a solid day in her state tournament debut. The standout fired a 75 and was in a three-way tie for second place.
She was tied with Cave Creek Cactus Shadows' Abbie Cantwell and Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep's Kelsie Sanborn.
Messick wasn't the only Southern Arizona freshman to make an impact in her debut.
Sahuaro's Desiree Hong shot a 79, which was the fifth-lowest score of the day.
The Cougars' team score was 360.
Paced by Adrianna Grijalva's 84, Ironwood Ridge posted a team score of 349. Torrey Browning had the Nighthawks' second lowest score with an 85.
Ironwood Ridge's tally was filled out by Helen Springs (89) and Sydney Colwil (91).
Like Messick and Hong, Browning and Colwil are just freshmen.
"Our two freshmen did really well," I-Ridge coach Don Dickinson said. "Our other players struggled a little bit. They put it behind them and played better on the back nine.
"It's the first time we played on this course and the first time the Ironwood Ridge girls have qualified for state. There were a lot of ups and downs."
Salpointe's Quihuis will tee off today at 11:27 a.m. Messick goes off at 11:18.
Cienega carded a team score of 344 on Friday and was tied for third place.
The Bobcats' top scorer was Jordan Carter with a 77.