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Monster first half leads to easy win for Summit rugby

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The Summit High rugby team couldn’t live up to its coach’s challenge Wednesday night at Regis Jesuit. Although, it was probably a good thing.

“I told them they needed to play two good halves and not get complacent in the second,” head coach Karl Barth said.

Well, after the Tigers jumped out to a 42-0 lead at halftime (no, that’s not a typo), they didn’t have much choice but to hold off a bit after the intermission and let subs and junior varsity players get some action.

Still, it all added up to a 57-0 win for the unbeaten (and virtually unchallenged) Tiger girls.

“That first half was the best I’ve ever seen them play,” Barth said. ” … The crispness of the whole thing and the speed of it – they just blew it open.”

Summit scored early, but the next 10 minutes or so were relatively even, Barth said. Then, the Tigers had an absolutely dominating 25-minute stretch to close out the first half.

Captains Heidi Gruber and Alex Cooper combined for five tries on the night, and junior Haley Anderson was 6-for-7 on conversion kicks.

“Heidi and Cooper both just played exceptionally well,” Barth said, adding that Gruber was his pick for player of the game.

Anderson, meanwhile, became just the seventh SHS player to ever crack 200 points in a career, and is now only the third girl to ever do so before her senior season.

“She’s in a pretty selective crowd with that,” Barth said. ” … It’s definitely very impressive.”

Emmy Griffith, Taylor Greene, Hannah Price and Tayla Reller also added tries for the Tigers.

Because of some scheduling issues, Summit (5-0) hosts Highlands Ranch Friday night in what Barth called an “insane” turn-around between games. Barth said the Tigers will try to recover the best they can today with a relatively light practice and try to regroup for the tough test on Friday.

With the way Summit played on Wednesday, though, Highlands Ranch will likely need any advantage it can get.

“You could just see in our game today that we stepped it up,” Barth said. “They were in a zone, running off each other and making plays. They had it going, sustained, for about 25 minutes.”

Friday’s match kicks off at 6:30 p.m.

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