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‘Tight’ Rockets ground Titans

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Simpson: No. 2 team ‘not playing well’

By Josh Cook

Led by its 1-2 punch of Jordan Webb and Madison Thomas, the Shelby County girls’ golf team downed crosstown-rival Collins on Monday afternoon.

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Thanks to Webb’s medalist score of 40 and Thomas’ 41, the Rockets rolled over the Titans, 173-209, at the Shelbyville Country Club.

However it was Shelby County’s highest score in a dual match in which all of its top players have participated this season.

“We are not playing well as a team right now,” said Rockets Coach Anna Simpson, whose team was ranked second in the state in the recent Kentucky Golf Coaches Association midseason Top 10. “The girls are playing too tight, too stressed, instead of just enjoying themselves and playing competitively. We've got a week to turn it around [before region], or our season is going to be cut short. We are not where we need to be at this time of year. We were heading in the right direction before the Bowling Green tournament but have reversed course [since then].   

“However, I feel confident the girls want to win, and will turn things around.”

Sophomore Tiffany Grasch and freshman Lilly Young each added 46 for Shelby County.

Junior Mary Borders topped the Titans with 43. Sophomore Claire Watts added 51, senior Jasmine Valentine 55, freshman Mallori Webb 60 and sophomore Sydney Rogers 63.

“It was a good tune-up for these five girls going into regional play,” Collins Coach Suzanne Cates said. “They got to play against the best in the state and know where they stand. We are right there at times and have some individuals who can make the cut if all goes well.”