McQueen turned in a 320 team total in Tuesday's second round. That was 19 strokes better than its 339 of Monday and gave the Lancers a two-day total of 659. That turned out to be two strokes better than the 661 (328, 333) of league rival Spanish Springs.
McQueen's comeback effort gave the Lancers the Northern Division 1 title, while Spanish Springs was forced to settle for second. The silver lining for Spanish Springs golfers is the top two Northern teams advance to next week's state championships, which will be played Oct. 15-16 at WildCreek Golf Course in Sparks.
McQueen and Spanish Springs were well ahead of third-place Manogue (372, 348 - 720)
"The 11-stroke lead, I thought that would be good enough," first-year Spanish Springs coach Mike Bosco said. "But I knew after about four holes something was not going right for us. The final totals were actually closer than I thought they would be, considering the way we were playing early. It's hard to explain, but you have to tip your hat to McQueen. A 320, they shot out of their minds. They had three girls shoot in the 70s. McQueen deserved to win. They played better than we did today."
McQueen's team was comprised of Michelle Duan (81, 75 - 156), Alice Duan (83, 77 - 160), Allison Gaskill (86, 79 - 165) and Rachel Nelson (89, 89 - 178).
There was some good news for Spanish Springs. Sophomore Katrina Prendergast captured low medalist honors in the two-day tourney, meaning she defended the crown she also won as a freshman. Prendergast won the event with a 147 (71, 76). She beat out second-place finisher Carly Farthing of Manogue, who turned in a two-day total of 155 (78, 75).
"Katrina is very talented," Bosco said. "She just goes out focused on what she needs to do. She started out slow today. She had a 40 on the front nine, but then she pulled it out on the back nine and shot a 36. She hits the ball in the fairway and she hits it longer than anyone else in the field. Her middle game is great and if she putts, then she shoots a 71 like yesterday. Today she had a couple three-putts and it's a 76. But every aspect of her game is strong."
Sam Sorensen helped the Cougars get off to a strong start with a 76 Monday, but she turned in an 88 in Tuesday's second round (164 total). Trae Jones carded an 87 Monday, but improved 24 hours later with an 80, good for a 167 total. Kirsti Settas put together an 89 Tuesday (95 Monday), accounting for the Cougars' 333.
Spanish Springs threw out the 101 of Katrina Weil and Joanna Perry did not finish her second round due to disqualification.
"Our 333 was not bad. It was McQueen's 320 that we just haven't seen all year," Bosco said. "McQueen earned it. Their girls came out and played well. For us, it's not one thing you can pin point. We just didn't play as well today as we did yesterday, but still it was only a difference of five strokes. If you'd have told me at the beginning of the day that we'd shoot a 333, I'd have told you we won the region."
Spanish Springs has one clear goal as it heads to the state tournament next week.
"We had a team talk," Bosco said. "There were tears when we first saw the scores but the girls seem grateful they get to play together another week as a team. Our team and McQueen's are the only two from the North that get to move on. Our lesson learned is we don't want that burning feeling of letting it get away again. So our goal for next week is to beat McQueen. If we can do that, it will be a successful tournament for us."
Spanish Springs wasn't the only local flavor in the regional championships. Reed High also had a trio of players compete at Sierra Sage. Holli Smith (100, 98 - 198) and Angela Vranken (103, 102 - 205) were the top two finishers for the east Sparks school. Both Raider players finished their golf season with their best two scores of the fall season.
Reed's Leighton Lee wasn't far behind. She finished with a 206 (103, 103).
"I'm really excited," Reed coach Danielle Fleiner said. "The girls went out with a bang. People really commented how we really improved. From the girls course management skills to recovery, they made huge strides.
"They're all coming back next year. I'm excited about our future, but what's important is the girls improved. We didn't know what to expect at regionals. I'm really happy. The girls met a lot of their goals. It's a good way to go out that's for sure."
In addition to the two top teams, the top five individuals from non-qualifying teams advance to the state tournament. Those five were Farthing, Galena's Kirsten Ortez (83, 79 - 162), Wooster's Staci Ludwig (84, 81 - 165) and Douglas' Koko Terada (82, 85 - 167) and Molly Jordan (88, 85 - 173).