WEATHERFORD, Texas — Waxahachie High School's girls' varsity golf team finished third out of eight teams and lest than 50 points away from the championship winner last Saturday at the Canyon West Golf Course.

At 6,653 yards and with its rolling inclines, the Par-72 course is one of the more difficult in the region. That bar was raised given the competition level between Head Coach Lonnie Gaylor's girls.

"We have seven girls playing on the varsity," he said. "We play five for the team and the two others as medalists (individuals), but the team can change as the last few spots are very competitive."

Rather than wither in the face of the Canyon West Challenge the girls found a way into the championship tournament's top three.

Led by Victoria Garza and Baylie Paris, the Lady Indians posted scores of 368 and 375 for a two-day total of 743. Garza shot an 85 (13-over par) on day one and 87 (15-over par) during the final day and Paris shot an 82 (10-over par) and 98 (27-over par).

Both finished in the tournament's top ten scoring standings.

Adelyn Johnson with two-day scores of 100 and 97, Kate Hendrix had a 101 and 102, and Riley Grimes finished with 111 and 93.

The two Waxahachie medalists, Marisabel Garza and Ana Herrin, achieved their personal best scores shooting 104 and 92 and 104 and 102, respectively.

The Lady Indians will compete in Friday and Saturday's two-day district preview this Friday and Saturday at the 18-hole Tangle Ridge Golf Club in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Gaylor said the Lady Indians third place finish is also encouraging going into a district tournament that will invite a difficult group of Mansfield Schools as well as one from Waxahachie's sister cities.

"We have a great group of young ladies — three seniors, one junior, and three freshman — that get along and work hard. Our scores continue to improve as a team and as individual scores and their hard work is beginning to bear fruit. We have had several girls earn their personal best score this spring as we head into the district tournament on April 10-11. We have to avoid double bogeys and three-putt situations and need to have more consistency for consecutive days in a tournament, but next week's district preview tournament will give us a better idea of where we stand as most teams [from our district] will be there."

Marcus S. Marion can be reached for story idea submissions or concerns at (469) 517-1456. Follow him on Twitter at @MarcusMarionWNI.