ST JOSEPH—In its bid to repeat as conference champions, the Lady Hound golf team came up 14 strokes short of Smithville at Monday's MEC Tournament at Fairview Golf Course in St. Joseph.
Smithville snatched the MEC title away from Maryville with a first place score of 385. The Hounds landed in second place with a 399 and Lafayette took third with a 402.
The Hounds had beaten Smithville by 44 strokes at a home dual to open the season, but that was with state medalist Jessica Pfost at the top of their lineup.
All five Maryville golfers finished in the top 15 and three earned medals by placing in the top 10, but only one shot below triple-digits. By comparison, Smithville had three players shoot in the 90's and that made the difference.
The only player on either team to shoot in the 80's was Maryville senior Megan Shell.
She finished runner-up in the MEC to Lafayette's Kaydrie Bergner with a round of 88 (43-45).
It was Shell's third consecutive top two tournament finish after finishing second at Chillicothe and tying for first at the Maryville Invitational.
Just like in Maryville, Shell tied with Savannah's Hannah Ingram and got the nod in a tiebreaker.
Senior Meghan Klaas earned her first MEC medal with a ninth place finish. Klaas shot a 102, going 48 on the front and 54 on the back.
Junior Cassie Holtman came in right behind Klaas in 10th place with a score of 103 (50-53). This was also her first time medaling at the MEC meet.
Maryville's final two golfers finished one place apart, with Ali Throm in 13th and Mollie Holtman in 14th.
Throm shot a 106 (52-54) and Holtman scored a 107 (50-57).
Smithville's top three players finished fourth, fifth and sixth. Paige Imhoff had the low round for the Warriors with a 91. Leeah Shipley carded a 93 and Taryn Mosby followed with a 94.
Smithville's No. 4 golfer Rachel Crouse shot a 107.
Bergner won the individual title by a nine-stroke margin with a stellar round of 79. Chillicothe was led by seventh place finisher Hannah Leamer. The Hornets finished fourth in the team standings with a 433.
Ingram was the only Savannah player to break 110, causing the Savages to finish fifth. LeBlond placed sixth as a team and its top two golfers finished outside the top 10.
Benton finished at the bottom with a team score of 553.
Maryville concludes its regular season schedule with a home dual Thursday against Tarkio.