Grand Island Central Catholic came up just short in its bid to win its own invitational Thursday at Indianhead Golf Course.
The Crusaders shot 390 to finish second behind Columbus Scotus at 387. Minden was third at 401 and Northwest fourth at 408.
"I was still really pleased with how the girls played," Hanssen said. "We could all take a few strokes off. Coming in to the season I didn’t really know where we would stand, but these girls have stepped up to the plate and I feel like they really did well.
"This was a good test to see where we’d be for districts and state, and (Scotus) is not in our district this year, but we know we need to work on our game."
Doniphan-Trumbull’s Brandi Lemek was medalist with an 84. GICC’s Neha Sood was second with an 86. Sood finished second behind Lemek in two invitationals last week.
"I think we need to get back and work on our short game," Hanssen said of Sood. "She’s a hard worker. She’s always working on her game. She does have the ability to be in the low 80s and I’d really like to see her do that."
Sarah Vaughn and Amanda Fay both shot 101 for the Crusaders while Becca Riley shot 102 and Vasu Balrah 109.
"Neha Sood had a great score," Hanssen said. "Sarah Vahugh had a tough go on the front, but she came back with a 45 on the back. Any time they can improve their score I’m proud of them because it shows that they won’t give up."
Megan Canfield led Northwest with a 96 to finish eighth. Angelica De Paolis, an exchange student from Italy also medaled with a 102 despite hitting two balls into the water and losing a stroke when another shot bounced off a tree and hit her golf bag.
"We really struggled on the front nine," Northwest coach Scott Galusha said. "But we shot well on the back nine so we still shot a respectable score.
"We’re very deep and we had a couple of girls who didn’t play today who have a chance to play."
That balance and depth is a key for Northwest. The Vikings have had three different low scorers in the three events they played. Last week, their scores ranged from 96 to 110. This week they went from 96 to 113.
"What we’re battling right now is the difference between thinking we’re good and going out and being able to do it," Galusha said. "When your expectations go up, it’s a little bit harder game. I thought we did a really good job of hanging in there. The back nine score was much better than the front nine score."
Team Scoring: Columbus Scotus 387, Grand Island CC 390, Minden 401, Northwest 408, Adams Central 426, Doniphan-Trumbull 459, Heartland 469, Central City 473, Fullerton 474, Broken Bow 493, Hastings SC 497, Shelby-Rising City 720.
Top 15 Individuals
1, Brandi Lemek, DT, 84; 2, Neah Sood, GICC, 86; 3, Paige Mestl, Heartland, 89; 4, Amy Allen, CS, 92; 5, Jessica Rehtus, MIN, 92; 6, Amy Price, CS, 92; 7, Ashton Boldt, MIN, 95; 8, Megan Canfield, GINW, 96; Paige Kristensen, MIN, 96; 10; Kaligh Page, BB, 100; 11, Sarah Vaughn, GICC, 101; 12, Nieve Johnson, CS, 101; 13, Amanda Fay, GICC, 101; 14, De Paolis, GINW, 102; 15, Mari Sayer, AC, 102.
Other GICC scores: Vasi Balraj 109.
Other GINW scores: Emily Jeffers 103, Mallarie Fila 107, Ashley Gowlovch 113.