Kingwood High School

Mustangs Go Undefeated At The Kingwood Girls Rugby Tournament

Kingwood Girls Rugby team played hosts to a tournament at Kingwood High School over the weekend and dominated all three of their matches outscoring their opponents by a combined 87-7 in those three contests. After the first game Head Coach Joshua Dill was pleased with the result. “We did a couple of things well that we really emphasized in practice but a few things that I wasn’t too happy with that we’ll get going by the end of the day,” he said.

Coach Dill and the girls were confident that they were going to go unbeaten at the tournament. The Mustangs played against in-town rivals The Woodlands, the team they defeated in the state finals two years ago, and absolutely dominated the game. “It’s always a good physical game with them so always a good game to watch and a good game to play,” Coach Dill said.

Senior Jane Walton thought the tournament went really well for the girls. “We got to play a lot of our people that are going to be here next year and rest a few of our seniors and see how our team is really going to look,” Walton said. “We didn’t play our best but we definitely played well and I’m very proud of us.” Senior captain and junior Olympian Whitney Wilson also thought the team performed well. “I think we did really good. I think there are some things that we can definitely improve on but that comes with every game. I think we really showed the rest of the teams who we are and what we can do,” Wilson stated.

Coach Dill said that the practices are starting to kick into gear and run smoothly. In the offseason the girls are usually playing other sports, which the rugby program supports. He likes the fact that it keeps them in shape for starting the rugby season. “In my opinion watching and playing rugby, it doesn’t matter if you’re me or a new player, you learn so much by playing so I expect us to get a lot better just by getting games under our belt,” he said.

The girls are on a mission this season with one sole purpose: A State Title. “It’s my senior year, I’m gunning for the state championship,” Wilson admitted. After capturing the state’s highest prize two years ago and nearly repeating last season, Kingwood has great expectations. “I really expect us to do very well. We have a lot of new talent along with returning talent. Everyone is still growing and learning as players which is great,” Walton stated. Along with that the girls are still focused on passing their knowledge on to the younger girls so the program can continue to develop.

The results and stats for the tournament:

Kingwood vs Austin (34-0 Win)
Senior Captain Whitney Wilson scored 3 tries and 1 conversion kick for 17 total points.
Senior Taylor Bland scored 1 try for 5 points.
Senior Jane Walton scored 1 try for 5 points.
Freshman McKenzie Borchers score 1 try and 1 conversion kick for a total of 7 total points.

Kingwood vs SW Houston (24-7 Win)
Senior Captain Whitney Wilson scored 2 tries and 2 conversion kicks for 14 total points.
Senior Shelby Brunson scored 1 try for 5 points.
Senior Jane Walton scored 1 try for 5 points.

Kingwood vs The Woodlands (29-0 Win)
Senior Captain Whitney Wilson scored 1 try and 1 conversion kick for 7 total points.
Junior Avery Lobusch scored 1 try for 5 points.
Senior Jane Walton scored 1 try for 5 points.
Sophomore Delanna Martin scored 1 try for 5 points.
Freshman McKenzie Borchers scored 1 try and 1 conversion kick for a total of 7 total points.

Written by Mark M. Johnson

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