For the most part, Shena Yang isn't the type to show much emotion. But following her final round Wednesday in the Class 2A state golf tournament at Ridgewood Lakes Golf and Country Club, one could easily see the look of disappointment in her eyes.
"I wanted this pretty bad," Yang said.
After placing fifth and sixth, respectively, at the past two state finals, the Wharton senior put herself in position Tuesday to make a run at the individual championship.
But after a slow start Wednesday morning, she finished with 5-over-par 77 for a 150 two-day total, which left her tied for third - three shots behind the champion, Boca Raton Spanish River standout Madison Pressel.
"I'm a little disappointed," Yang said.
Yang's finish was the best by an area individual or team in Class 2A.
Durant, led by freshman Madison Opfer (75-79), was fourth with a 689 total in the team competition, which was claimed by Winter Park Lake Howell. Wharton, just eight shots back of Durant, finished fifth. While Opfer took eighth in the individual standings, Sickles sophomore Alex Milan (79-76) tied for ninth.
The Cougars, whose other top score (83) was produced by Erika Wardzinski, improved by seven shots on Day 2. The finish was the best ever by a Durant team. Still, Opfer said, "I think we could have done a lot better. But I still think we did well."
Making her first appearance at state - a week after recording 64 at regionals - Milan shot 76 during the second round, which was two better Wednesday than Pressel, one of her playing partners.
"My front nines were really solid both days," Milan said. "I just struggled to keep it together on the back."
2A BOYS: Dunedin, led by Travis Huston's 68, posted a solid second-day total of 299 for a 629 two-day score to place eighth at Providence Golf & Country Club in Davenport. East Lake, which shot 302 Wednesday, was six shots back and finished 10th.
Huston, who shot 79 Tuesday, tied for sixth. Two other Dunedin players broke 80 Wednesday, Justin Foster and Westin Jensen, each of whom shot 75. East Lake was led by Terry O'Reilly (76-73), who tied for 12th. Riverview's Ian McConnell (79-72) tied for 16th.
CLASS A GIRLS: Berkeley Prep played much better Wednesday at the Club at Eaglebrooke in Lakeland, shaving 18 strokes off its Round 1 total to finish at 355 on Day 2 and 728 for the tournament.
For the second day in a row, Kim Carpenter was Berkeley's best golfer, shooting 86. Kyleen Carpenter was one stroke off Kim's pace. Jessica Hahn rebounded from a tough first day to post 90. Lindsey Weiss (92) and Desiree Meyncke (98) both improved on their first round scores. The Buccaneers came in 13th overall.
Staff writer Bryan Burns contributed to this report.