NORTH PLATTE — After just missing breaking 100 in Monday's first round at the Class C state tournament, Maddie Neville got another crack at it Tuesday.
The senior fired a 96 at Lake Maloney Golf Course in North Platte to lead Scotus Central Catholic in the second round of the state tournament.
“She was excited,” Scotus head coach Tanya Niedbalski said.
Neville shot a 196 over two days at the event, finishing tied for 31st with teammate Makenzie Enderlin.
Enderlin fired a 99 after shooting 97 on Monday. It was a good showing for the sophomore in her first state appearance, according to Niedbalski.
“She’s very confident and sure of her game,” the Scotus coach said. “She didn’t make many mistakes. It was a great experience for her.”
The Shamrocks finished tied for sixth in the team standings after shooting 400 on the tournament’s second day, a 12-stroke improvement from Monday.
Kearney Catholic matched Scotus with a two-day score of 812.
Scotus came into the season wanting a top-five finish, but is OK finishing just outside that goal.
“Considering the conditions yesterday, being tied for sixth and maintaining that position today, I thought we did well,” Niedbalski said. “You’d always like to do a little better, but there was some stiff competition.”
Every team ahead of the Shamrocks had at least one golfer in the top 10. That missing big gun kept Scotus from taking the next step.
“We were more well-rounded,” Niedbalski said. “Everybody realized they had to step up at some point this season.”
Chadron’s Ricki Hickstein tied the state tournament record by firing a 2-under-par 142, winning the individual title by 20 strokes. Her second-round score of 70 is tied for the second-best 18-hole score at the state tournament. With her first-round 72, Hickstein is one of just two girls golfers in state history to post two rounds of 72 or lower in the same state tournament.
Ogallala won the team title, posting a 723 over two days.
Kaitlyn Enderlin bounced back from a rough first round to shoot a 97 for Scotus, looking more like her usual self on the golf course.
“I was glad to see that,” Niedbalski said of the senior, who finished with a 209 over two days. “As a senior, you want to go out on a positive note.”
Kendra Wiese and Emily Carstens each shot 108 on Tuesday for the Shamrocks. Wiese recorded a 211 for the tournament and Carstens carded a 220 over two rounds.
Boone Central/Newman Grove’s Abby Brodersen finished tied for 23rd with a 189. The freshman improved by five strokes on Tuesday, firing a 92.
Shelby-Rising City was 14th in the team standings.
Monica Hinkle dropped 20 strokes off her Day 1 score, shooting a 92 Tuesday for a two-day score of 204. Rylee Branting’s 102 gave her a 215 total.
Sydney Ziemba and Kalli Kilgore rounded out the team score with a 112 and 117, respectively. Ziemba’s two-day total was 231 and Kilgore’s was 238. Brenna Houdersheldt shot a 122 for a 249 total.
Scotus now goes from an experienced team to one that needs to replace four seniors. Kaitlyn Enderlin, Neville, Wiese and Carstens all had multiple trips to the state tournament.
“They helped each other, they pushed each other and they have a lot of camaraderie,” Niedbalski said. “They’ve been great leaders.”
Makenzie Enderlin will be the lone returner next year for the Shamrocks, but Niedbalski knows her experience at the state tournament will help her step into a leadership role.
“She’s already looking at goals for next year,” Niedbalski said.