Summit girls rugby falls on road, 22-17 |

Summit girls rugby falls on road, 22-17

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DENVER – A fast finish wasn’t enough to overcome a sluggish start for the young and still-learning Summit Tigers U-19 girls rugby club on Saturday. Playing at lower-ranked ThunderRidge, Summit fell behind 17-0 in the first half and, despite a second-half surge sparked by all-state scoring machine Lea Taylor, lost 22-17. ThunderRidge rode the coattails of its star wing to a pair of early scores; Tigers coach Karl Barth said the opposing wing was “incredibly fast.” Later, Summit responded to its deficit the way Barth hoped his team would, but it came too late. “We had ’em on the ropes for a bit, but just kinda ran out of time,” he said. The Tigers dropped to 2-2-1 overall this year. Barth said one of the primary reasons for the slow start but fast finish was, yet again, youth. “We had two eighth-graders on the field and played seven freshmen,” he said. “We’re playing for the future a bit.” Not wihout a fight from the team’s veterans, however. Taylor scored twice Saturday, the first on a 40-plus-yard run and the second on a marvelous exhibition of juke moves as time expired. Taylor eluded eight ThunderRidge players before scoring. Melissa Griffith scored Summit’s second try midway through the second half, and Kyle Armstrong converted the final score. The Tigers play a rare home match on Friday against archrival Littleton, starting at 5:30 p.m. at Rainbow Park in Silverthorne.

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