Madison’s Keara Eder shot a 2-over 73 to win the Hoosier Hills Conference girls golf championship on Saturday. (Submitted photo)
Madison’s Keara Eder shot a 2-over 73 to win the Hoosier Hills Conference girls golf championship on Saturday. (Submitted photo)
Keara Eder shot a sizzling two-over 73 and Madison’s girls golf team recorded its best 18-hole score in seven years at the Hoosier Hills Conference championships at Valley View Golf Course on Saturday.

Eder’s 73 was enough for the junior to claim the individual title, her first conference championship. As a team, the Cubs finished fifth in the strong field but the 365 they shot left coach Jake Shockley almost giddy.

“I’m very thrilled. I was very eager to see how the girls would respond from earlier in the week and they were just terrific,” Shockley said. “They were anxious but excited to step up. It’s definitely exciting and encouraging to see.”

Eder was on top of her game all afternoon and the result was one of the best rounds of her high school career, but her teammates stepped up as well. Sophomore Grace Bronkella shot a personal-best 90 while senior Jenna Imel had a 91 and freshman Gracie Gasaway’s 109 was one stroke off her personal best. Ally Skirvin came in with a 119, one of her best scores of the season.

But it was Eder that stood out. A two-time sectional champion and a state finalist last year, Eder appears to be just getting better and better every time she hits the course.

“Her winning conference is a very big deal. The conference is very top-loaded this year with Floyd a top 20 team and Bedford North Lawrence and New Albany not getting the respect that I think they deserve,” Shockley said. “For her to come out top is very impressive.”

Floyd Central won the team championship with a 320, three strokes ahead of Bedford and nine ahead of New Albany. Columbus East came in fourth with a 362 and was followed by Madison, Seymour (400), Jeffersonville (402) and Jennings County (DNF).

Madison closes out the regular season this week with a pair of matches at Sunrise Golf Course. The Cubs host Shawe, Southwestern and Switzerland County today and Henryville, Jeffersonville and Lawrenceburg on Wednesday. The IHSAA Sectional then tees off on Saturday morning at Sunrise starting at 11 a.m.

Stark sisters compete at state

Trimble County’s Maci and Maddi Stark each competed in the All “A” Classic Girls Golf State Finals in Richmond, Kentucky on Saturday.

Maci Stark shot a 90 to tie for 36th on the Arlington Golf Course while Maddi Stark had a 95 and tied for 44th.

Carter Lankford of state champion Lexington Christian shot a 69 to win the individual title while teammate C.A. Carter had a 71 and tied for second. Nina McMurty of Glasgow also had a 71.

As a team, Lexington Christian shot a 297 to edge Glasgow by six strokes.

Trimble returns to action today for the North Central Kentucky Conference Championships.