For Howard senior Jacqueline Cherry, it was all about the finish on Thursday at Waverly Woods.
Cherry, who had started her day with a bogey on the first hole, regrouped to play her final eight holes in three-under par en route to a career-best regular season round of 29 points (2-under par) that helped lead the Lions (2-0) to a 67-36 victory over Marriotts Ridge.
“On the first hole I three-putted for a bogey, so I was pretty upset about that,” Cherry said. “But [I told myself] I know I can play well, I can hit it far, and then I just needed to try and make some birdies. And it worked out for me. I made some long putts.”
Playing in the same group as Marriotts Ridge’s Faith McIlvain (26 points) and Howard teammate Alex Abrams (22 points), Cherry had plenty of competition to push her. In fact, after the opening couple holes, she was actually trailing her playing competitors.
“[Being behind] helped me stay motivated to make some birdies, to make some putts, so I could move back up there,” she said.
Cherry made her move on the third hole. She nearly drove the green on the par 4 before chipping up and making the putt for her first birdie of the day.
After a couple pars in a row, she nearly drove the green on another par 4 — the sixth hole. Another up-and-down led to her second birdie and then she followed that up by sinking a long birdie putt on the par 3 seventh hole.
From there, she cruised in with a couple more pars to beat her previous personal best by one.
Abrams had a stellar start of her own, matching Cherry’s birdie on the sixth hole to move at that point to even par on the day. She stumbled down the stretch, but her 22 points was still a season high.
Logan Lurie then rounded out the scoring for the Lions with 16 points, which was two off her career high.
For Marriotts Ridge (2-1), McIlvain had a standout round of her own. Among her highlights was a chip-in for birdie on the second hole and she very nearly chipped in again for birdie on the fourth hole. She ended up playing her final six holes in even par.
The loss was the first of the season for the Mustangs.
Howard 67, Marriotts Ridge 36
Ho (2-0): Cherry 29, Abrams 22, Lurie 16.
MR (2-1): McIlvain 26, Dorsch 10.
Glenelg 39, Atholton 0
The Gladiators scored their highest team total of the season, led by Alex Stone’s 15 points.
G (2-1): Stone 15, Abruscato 12, Kunzelman 6, Ruddo 6.
A (0-2-1): N/A.
Centennial 56, Hammond 9
The Eagles were a model of consistency up and down their line-up, with all four players scoring between 12 and 18 points on the way to a win over the Golden Bears to improve to 2-0 this fall.
Katie Cody scored a team-high 18 points, with Joanna Park and Susie Park adding 13 apiece. Morgan Taylor rounded out the scoring with 12.
C (2-0): Cody 18, J. Park 13, S. Park 13, Taylor 12.
Ha (0-3): Louiz 4, Tuckley 3, Horton 2.
Wilde Lake 33, Mt. Hebron 6
The Wildecats improved to 3-0 while putting up their best team score of the season. Lee Lee Sands led the way with a season-high 15 points.
WL (3-0): Sands 15, Spall 12, Shin 6.
MH (2-1): Bodziak 6.
Reservoir 4, Long Reach 0
Re (1-2): Skedsvold 3, Smith 1.
LR (0-2-1): N/A.