The Bison are in second place after the opening 18 holes of play Monday, Oct. 8, at the Mahoney Golf Course in Lincoln. McCook carded a team score of 348 strokes, second only to Elkhorn South's 328. Gering was third with a 361, followed by Elkhorn High and Scottsbluff, each with a 367.
At last year's Class B state meet, McCook finished second behind Elkhorn South in the final team standings.
Bison senior Kaylee Samway, playing in her fourth straight state meet, was the 18-hole leader after Monday's action. Samway carded a five-over par 77 to lead a pair of Elkhorn South shooters by two strokes. Ann Pearson and Nicolle Barmettler each shot 79s Monday, and Kaitlyn Krzyzanowski of Gering was fourth with an 83.
Samway opened with a 41 on the front nine at Mahoney, but she carded an even-par 36 with one birdie, one bogey and seven pars on the final nine holes Monday.
Bison junior Megan Vetrovsky was tied for eighth with an 85 after Monday's round. Vetrovsky put together rounds of 43 and 42.
Junior Breanna Redl shot an 87 after rounds of 40 and 47 to tie for 13th after Monday's opening day. Jacqui Hager put together rounds of 48 and 51 for a 99 in her first state meet action to tie for 41st after Monday's opening round.
McCook's fifth player, junior Karlie Dueland, also played for the first time at state. Dueland shot rounds of 66 and 60 for a 126 total.
The final 18 holes of state competition was scheduled to begin Tuesday morning, Oct. 9, at the Lincoln course.