GRAND PRAIRE — The Waxahachie High School girls varsity golf team showed, in spite of adversity, it takes a licking and keeps on ticking.
The Lady Indians, who were in third place entering the final day of competition during the district 14-5A golf tournament on Wednesday at the Tangle Ridge Golf Course, weathered the storm after senior Rachelle Schilling became ill and finished fourth place.
“We were in a three-way tie for third place and we had a chance to win the bronze medal,” said Lonnie Gaylor, the WHS head girls golf coach, about Shilling’s 99-point day one performance. “Rachelle, our No. 2 golfer, had a 103-degree fever and was rushed to the hospital. Unfortunately, she couldn’t finish the tournament. It was a really good year for the girls, though. Golf is a crazy game and it can change around on you pretty quickly.”
The Lady Indians collectively shot 382 on Tuesday and 387 on Wednesday for a two-day total of 769, placing them behind Mansfield Lake Ridge, Summit and Timberview high school teams and less than 100 points away from the top-ranked Lady Eagles.
WHS junior Victoria Garza led the Lady Indians with two-day totals of 90 points, closing the district tournament with 180 points. Katelynn Willis, the only other senior and the No. 3 ranked golfer on the team, shot 92 and 90 for a total of 182.
Garza and Willis finished 12th and 13th, the only Ellis County girls golfers to place in the top 20 except Ennis High School’s Gwen Lefler, who tied Garza’s 108-point total.
Juniors Adelyn Johnson and Allison Pendley shot 101 and 99 for 200 points and 117 and 108 for 225 points, respectively.
“Every tournament makes you better and leaders like Rachelle and Katelynn have put us in a position to succeed next year,” Gaylor said. “Because of our improvement this year, we are excited about the direction Waxahachie girls golf is going.”