Spanish Springs won the first weekly High Desert League tournament of the year and then watched McQueen win the next three. However, on Friday at Reno's Lakeridge Golf Course, in the fifth of the six regular season HDL tournaments, Spanish Springs posted a team total of 345 to best conference rival McQueen by four strokes.
"Its' the first tournament this year where all of us have gone under 100," rookie Spanish Springs coach Mike Bosco said. "Usually we've got a 104, 105, 112. For them shooting what they did, I think that was the difference in us winning this week."
Nevada high school tournament rules call for teams to count four of their six competing players' scores toward a team total. McQueen got its usually consistent performance with four players finishing with scores in the 80s but it wasn't enough to hold off the Cougars, who have won six-straight league championships.
Friday's tourney win still keeps a league title in the Cougars' sights. A win in next week's final league tournament and Spanish Springs could either share a league title with McQueen or win it via a tiebreak.
"As far as tournaments go, that's the best we've played as a team," Bosco said. "I was just really proud of the girls. When you're shooting in the 100s, you are three-putting and chunking a few shots in the fairway. I don't know specifically what it was that got our scores down, but I told the girls, 'whatever it was, bottle it up, tap it, save for regionals."
Spanish Springs' scoring was paced by the play of talented sophomore Katrina Prendergast. Her 78 was the low score in the tournament field Friday.
The rest of the SSHS scoring contingent was comprised of Sami Sorensen (87), Trae Jones (89) and Joanna Perry (91). The Cougars did not use the 94 of Katrina Weil or the 96 of Kirstie Settas, although both were personal low rounds.
McQueen counted scores of 86, 86, 88 and 89.
The Rail City's other HDL program, Reed, hosted the event. Reed was able to field a full team for the second-straight week. The Raiders finished with a team total of 458, good for fourth overall.
Leighton Lee was the Raiders' top finisher with a 102. Reed also counted scores from Alex Smith (113), Angela Vranken (115) and Maddie Goins (128). The RHS team did not count the 132 of Taylor Day.
"It was a good day," Reed coach Danielle Fleiner said. "Our girls are working hard and getting better. Leighton Lee did a good job. She is our best player and she's so close to breaking 100. She's just had one bad hole that keeps her from getting there. Hopefully, she'll do it by the end of the year."
Both Spanish Springs and Reed wrap up their HDL regular season tournament slate next week. That event, which will be hosted by North Valleys, is scheduled for Wednesday with tee times beginning at 10 a.m.