Litchfield won the battle and Hillsboro made strides in the war on Wednesday, Sept. 25, as the two Montgomery County girls golf teams met in Pana for a triangular at Oak Terrace Golf Course.
The Litchfield girls shot a 204 as a team to take the top spot by 17 strokes over Hillsboro, who has been shaving shots off their game for the last few weeks. The Toppers' 221 was 11 strokes better than Pana and significantly better than the 240 they put up just a few matches ago.
Wednesday would belong to the Purple Panthers though as they not only earned the team win, but also had the low individual score as well. Laura Boston continued a stellar freshman campaign with a 9-over-par 45 on the day.
Carly Guinn would tie for second with a 51, while Jordan Ramey added a 53 to also earn a spot in the top five. Alyssa Loyd added a 55 to the scoring for Litchfield, while Hailey Rentz wasn't far behind in the number five spot with a 59.
Hillsboro was led by Erin Kistner, who has been in the top two of Topper scorers in every Hillsboro match. Kistner would shoot a solid 51 to tie Guinn for the runner-up spot, while teammate Meagan Jorn was just a stroke behind with a 52.
Senior Felisity Luevano and Anna Colwell would chip in a pair of 59s for the Toppers, while Alex Frailey and Aurelie Granito finished with rounds of 61 and 71 respectively.
Hillsboro will have another chance to improve on Thursday, Sept. 26, when they take on Greenville, Vandalia and Lincolnwood at the Vandalia Country Club.
Litchfield won't play again until Monday, Sept. 30, when they vie for a South Central Conference title at Indian Springs Golf Course near Coffeen. The Lady Panthers haven't won a conference tournament since before 1997, if ever, with their best finish since then a fifth in 2005. Now 20-4 on the season, Litchfield has yet to lose to a conference opponent in a match this year.
September 25 at Pana
Oak Terrace Golf Course - Par 36
Girls Team Results: 1. Litchfield 204, 2. Hillsboro 221, 3. Pana 232.
Medalist: Laura Boston (Litchfield) 45.
Litchfield (204) - Laura Boston 45, Carly Guinn 51, Jordan Ramey 53, Alyssa Loyd 55, Hailey Rentz 59.
Hillsboro (221) - Erin Kistner 51, Meagan Jorn 52, Felisity Luevano 59, Anna Colwell 59, Alex Frailey 61, Aurelie Granito 71.
Pana (232) - Anna Beyers 53, Kacey Swisher 59, Chloe Hendricks 60, Kassie Weideman 60, Maddie Clark 64 Kylie Hendricks 68.