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Idaho 7s Latest: Mountain View and Rocky Mountain Battle To The End

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Idaho 7s Latest: Mountain View and Rocky Mountain Battle To The End

Jada Medellin works her way through contact against Rocky Mountain. Rochelle Simmons photo.

Mountain View and Rocky Mountain are battling each other until the bitter end in Rugby Idaho's girls 7s league.

In the JV bracket, Rocky Mountain Black and Mountain View entered today's Round 6 at 9-1 and 8-2, respectively. Mountain View, fielding almost all new players this fall, has looked very good and beat Rocky Mountain Purple 24-10 to open the day's account. Rocky Mountain Black was superb in beating Meridian 49-0. That was the killer blow for 1st place, because even if Mountain View won the next game, against Rocky Mountain Black, RMB had the tiebreaker, heaving beaten Mountain View twice already and thus clinching the head-to-head tiebreaker.

As it was, Mountain did indeed win, scoring twice late in the first half and holding on to win 10-7. That left both teams at 10-2, but Rocky Mountain Black took 1st via the bead-to-bead tiebreaker. 

Rocky Mountain Black flyhalf Lucy Christensen has been immense for her team, kicking 18 conversions and scoring 21 tries (which is almost double the next player) for a title of 141 points in 12 games—almost 12 points per game, 

Rugby Idaho Girls Fall 7s Standings After Round 6
JV W L T PF PA PD Pts
Rocky Mountain Black 10 2 0 323 54 269 10
Mountain View  10 2 0 208 109 99 10
Eagle HS 5 7 0 110 181 -71 5
Rocky Mountain Purple 4 8 0 155 181 -26 4
Meridian HS 1 11 0 66 337 -271 1

 So that sets up next week's playoffs with Rocky Mountain Black playing Rocky Mountain Purple in one semi, and Mountain View playing Eagle in the other semi.

 

In the Varsity bracket, Rocky Mountain and Mountain View also ended up tied in the standings. Mountain View entered the day 7-2-1, while Rocky Mountain was 8-1-1. But Mountain View defeated Rocky Mountain in dramatic fashion with a try with no time left to win it 24-19. That didn't clinch anything, as Mountain View still had to beat Centennial, but they did, and both teams ended up 9-2-1. Mountain View won the season head-to-head with Rocky Mountain, having beaten their rivals twice and tied the other game, to be the #1 seed.

Li’i Siasaga is back from time out due to a concussion and was excellent for Mountain View. Her ability to set up her teammates was crucial. Captain Jada Medellin has been a force, while Avery Morgan also showed great aggression and work rate. It all came together for Mountain View, which also had the most potent attack and stingiest defense in the league.

Rugby Idaho Girls Fall 7s Standings After Round 6
Varsity W L T PF PA PD Pts
Mountain View 9 2 1 305 89 216 9
Rocky Mountain  9 2 1 289 119 170 9
Meridian 7 5 0 222 140 82 7
Eagle 4 8 0 160 191 -31 4
Centennial 0 12 0 15 452 -437 0

 Meridian's Nesi Tuitama leads the league with 15 tries, while Rocky Mountain's Teuila Nawahine is second with 13. Kennedy Pabst leads the league with 77 points on nine tries and 16 conversions, while Tuitama is right behind her with 75.

Next week's playoffs look like this then:

Rocky Mountain plays Meridian in one semi. In the other,

Eagle plays Centennial for the right to face Mountain View. The winner of that game plays the winner of Rocky Mountain versus Meridian. The teams that lose games go into a losers bracket that will eventually produce a finalist. That finalist will play the winner of the Mountain View/Eagle/Centennial vs Rocky Mountain/Meridian game.