Duncan got the job done with balance in Wednesday's first round of the Class 5A girls state golf tournament at Dornick Hills in Ardmore.
The team had only one player score lower than an 84 — Savannah Martin at 81 — but it was good enough for a 337 total and a five-stroke advantage for the defending 5A champions.
Deer Creek is in second after shooting a 342, and Durant is third at 344.
Goodin, Deer Creek in pursuit
After posting a double-bogey on No. 1 — her 10th hole of the day because she started on No. 10 — Deer Creek senior Caroline Goodin's round seemed to be heading in the wrong direction.
But she responded with mental toughness, immediately with a birdie as she played the final eight holes in 1 under par to post a second-place 76.
“I couldn't let myself get disappointed with the double,” she said. “I was disappointed at first, but I knew I could turn it around if I kept my head down and kept going.”
Both Goodin and the Antlers will have five-stroke deficits to overcome in Thursday's final round. Deer Creek's score of 342 is identical to what the team shot to win the 5A state preview last month.
Sadeghy in the hunt again
Bishop McGuinness junior Alexis Sadeghy has finished second at state each of the last two years, and she's sitting in the top three with 18 holes to go after shooting a 5-over-par 77 Wednesday.
McGuinness is in fourth place as a team, 16 shots back. But Thursday's weather could make things difficult for everyone. Gusting winds and the possibility of rain are in the forecast.