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Ladycats fall short of returning to state


The Aledo Ladycats golf team fell short of their bid for a fourth consecutive trip to the state tournament, finishing fourth in the Class 5A Region I Tournament at Lake Ridge Country Club in Lubbock on April 17-18.

The Ladycats shot a two-day total of 677 (334-343), 28 strokes behind third-place Colleyville Heritage's 649 (316-333). Amarillo Black won with a 609 (300-309) and Argyle was second with a 638 (309-329).

The top three teams and the three individuals with the lowest scores not on those teams qualified for the state tournament May 6-7 at Legacy Hills Golf Club in Georgetown/Sun City.

"We knew going in it was going to be tough," Aledo coach Brian Mourning said. "The region we're in is so incredible. Amarillo, Argyle, and Colleyville Heritage, all three have kids who can shoot in the 60s. Heritage had a girl shoot 69 on the first day. That just puts the rest of the team at ease.

"But I'm proud of the girls. Sure, we're disappointed not to be going to state, but all the kids worked hard and I think they're stunned their season ended this week."

The Ladycats were led by sophomore Emily Crick (75-87) and senior Kyla Morales (80-82). They tied for 12th individually.

Also for the Ladycats, senior Kennedi Parker finished her career with a 178 (92-86), junior Reagan Gilliland posted a 181 (87-94) and sophomore Karlee Shaw shot 182 (94-88).

The four lowest individual scores each round comprise the team score.

Sophomore Harper Price, playing as a medalist, shot 183 (95-88). She’s the second consecutive performance by a medalist-only player Mourning had high praise for, along with senior Johnnie Reed, who shot 178 (77-101) for the Bearcats earlier in the week.

“I’m happy to see them playing as medalists and doing so well,” Mourning said. “They had some solid performances.

"We lost our 1 through 3 players last year, but these girls who came out are pretty good," Mourning continued. "Losing Kyla's gonna hurt, and Kennedi's been playing four years, so we're losing a lot of experience there, and they contributed so much to this program.

"Emily and Harper have come a long way, all of the girls coming back are just getting better and better."

The Ladycats won the District 5-5A championship, as did the Bearcats, who will have a representative at state. Sophomore Braden Stokes qualified as a medalist and will compete at Legacy Hills April 29-30.

It's the 19th time Aledo will have a competitor at state in the past 20 official tournaments. The COVID-19 pandemic canceled the 2020 tournament.


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