SYCAMORE — After a long day of battling tough course conditions and cold temperatures the Kaneland Lady Knights were crowned champions at Tuesday's Interstate Eight Conference girls golf tournament here at Sycamore Golf Club.

Kaneland led the way with a team score of 404, eight shots better than runner-up and defending champion Sandwich [412], with third-place Sycamore [423], fourth-place Plano [434], fifth-place Ottawa [472] and sixth-place La Salle-Peru [490] rounding out the standings.

Morris and Rochelle had just two competing individuals each, with the Lady Hubs' Megan Thiravong winning her second straight title after carding an 80. All players finishing in the top 10 earned all-conference honors.

Kaneland sophomore Katherine Marshall led the way for her squad with a 90, good for fourth place individually, with classmate Julia Skiba shooting a 96 to place sixth. Emily Skiba's 108 and Aeryn Hwang's 109 completed the champions' counting scores, both earning honorable mention all-conference honors.

"We won't talk about the front nine or the ninth hole," Marshall said with a laugh. "The back nine I played so much better and my short game was saving a bit better. I feel I drove the ball well, but today my chipping around the green was the strongest part of my game. I had a few unfortunate second shots that were in or just off the fairway, but where I had a tough lie to deal with."

"I feel I drove the ball well and didn't miss too many fairways," Julia Skiba said. "I had a few bad shots today throughout the round, but I feel each time I followed it up with a good shot. I played better on the front nine, but I struggled with my chipping on the back nine and feel there was a number of times I could have helped myself with a better shot from around the green."

The Sandwich Lady Indians were paced by junior Alijah Campbell's sixth-place score of 96, followed by ninth-place efforts by Morgan Ross [102] and Grace Donahue [102], plus Hanna Reedy's 112.

"I was not happy at all with how I played," admitted Campbell, who also finished sixth at the event in 2019. "Going into today I was really confident, I had played a number of practices rounds here, but today didn't go how I wanted it to. I was just never able to put two consecutive good shots together and I was really bad off the tee. I guess the positive today was that I felt I putted well and was able to sink a couple mid-range to long putts, but my tee shots seemed to really set the tone on each hole I played."

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