The Pickerington High School North girls golf team never let a rough opening to its league season get it down this fall.

The Pickerington High School North girls golf team never let a rough opening to its league season get it down this fall.

After finishing second with a 352 behind Hilliard Davidson (349) in the first round of the OCC-Ohio Division tournament Aug. 6, the Panthers won each of the next three rounds to capture their eighth league title in 10 seasons.

In the final round Sept. 8 at Westchester, North carded 325 to edge Davidson (329) for the title as all five of its players shot 84 or better.

"I'm extremely proud of these girls," coach Kitty McGrievy said. "They lost to Hilliard Davidson (in the first round) at Royal American and it was kind of a wake-up call."

Senior Lavonca Davis shot 80 in the final round to finish league play with a 79.5 average that gave her a share of OCC-Ohio Player of the Year honors with Upper Arlington's Sophie Hemleben.

Sophomore Caitlyn Tasney (84.3) and senior Hannah Appleman (87.8) both made second-team all-league and junior Lauren Conley (88.0) was third team. Freshman Caroline Kane did not play in the first round but averaged 82.7 over the final three to earn honorable mention honors.

Freshman Megan Reynolds also has been a key player.

North finished 27-1 in the OCC-Ohio, ahead of Upper Arlington (21-7), Davidson (20-8), Canal Winchester (19-9), Gahanna (13-15), Thomas Worthington (6-22), Hilliard Darby (4-24) and Lancaster (2-26).

"I'm pleased with how we're improving," McGrievy said. "We started the season with only two returning golfers with any varsity A experience."

Tigers coach pleased with team attitude

Central has four more tournaments before beginning the postseason Oct. 6 at a sectional site to be determined at the drawing Sunday, Sept. 20.

In the final round of the OCC-Cardinal tournament Sept. 8 at The Links at Groveport, the Tigers finished last (412) of seven teams, behind champion Dublin Jerome (323).

Senior Caitlin Tarr shot 90 and junior Brittany Owens carded 103 to lead the Tigers. Seniors Kiera Harper and Andria Williams also competed.

Junior Diasha Dominic did not compete in the final round but also has been a key player.

"When one of the girls stumbles, it seems as if the other girls pick up the slack at the right time," coach Mary Ann Wharton said. "I'm very proud of the leadership qualities that our seniors are displaying to the underclassmen. They show great sportsmanship whether they win or lose."

The Tigers finished fifth in the final league standings at 6-18, behind Jerome (24-0), Olentangy Orange (20-4), Olentangy Liberty (16-8) and Olentangy (12-12) and ahead of New Albany (3-21) and Delaware (3-21).

Tarr averaged 93.25 in league matches to earn third-team all-league honors. Owens was honorable mention all-league.