The Lady Indians got off to a bit of rough start on Tuesday at the Region 9 Championships in Lexington.

That allowed their biggest rival to take a big lead.

"By the time we got to the fifth hole, we were 11 or 12 strokes behind," Madison Central coach Tennye Ohr said.

Lexington Christian Academy jumped to the top of the leaderboard early and never let up. The Lady Eagles posted a team score of +18, 306, and rolled to a 22-shot victory over Madison Central (+40, 328).

Lexington Catholic took third with a team score of +55, 343.

LCA advances to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association State Tournament.

Casey Powell of Dunbar and Mary Keene Marrs of LCA (-1, 71) tied for the individual title. They will take part in a playoff Wednesday to determine the championship.

Morgan Shown of Bryan Station (+2, 74) was third and LCA's Christy Ann Carter (+3, 75) was fourth. LCA's Maryssa Phillips fired a +8, 80, and tied for eighth.

"LCA's top three girls are really, really steady," Ohr said. "They might not hit it as far as our girls, but they don't make many mental mistakes."

Only the region-winning team advances to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association State Tournament, along with the top seven individuals not on the winning squad.

Three Central players advanced to the year-end championships with solid performances on Tuesday at Kearny Hill Golf Links.

Elizabeth Eberle shot a +6, 78, and finished tied for fifth. Lydia Harrel shot a +7, 79, and was seventh, while Claira Beth Ramsey fired a +8, 80.

The three sophomores will all be making their first trip to the state tournament.

Eberle, Harrel and Ramsey were in the Top 10 through most of the first round.

Eberle had bogeys on No. 1 and 4 before a double bogey on No. 6. She rebounded with an eagle on the next hole.

Harrel transferred to Central this year from Model and was not ruled eligible to play by the KHSAA until earlier this month. She took part in only two tournaments, but put together a good performance at the regional.

Harrel had bogeys on the first two holes, but had birdies on No. 7 and 8.

"Lydia was doing really well until she went to No. 15 and took a six," Ohr said. "Then she had a bogie on No. 18."

Ramsey had four bogeys on the front nine and had her only birdie on No. 9.

Central's Katherine Taylor and Abi Buchanan both shot +19, 91, and finished tied for 28th.

"I'm sad that Katherine (Taylor) won't get to go state her senior year," Ohr said. "We have a really strong nucleus coming back, though.."

Model finished 10th with a total score of +102, 390.

Madison Southern finished 11th with a team score of +110, 398.

Southern's Kasey Cameron shot a +9, 81, and finished 12th. Brooklyn Hillman shot a +29, 101, and finished tied for 45th. Aysia Brock shot a +35, 107, and finished 57th, while Cadence Rose shot a +37, 109, and finished tied for 60th.

Model's Allison Shaffer shot a +14, 86, and tied for 20th. Lesley Durr shot a +19, 91, and tied for 28th. Kylie Pirtle shot a +32, 104, and finished tied for 52nd. Aashini Shah shot a +37, 109, and tied for 60th and Faith Meadows shot a +40, 112, and finished tied for 69th.

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