With close to a dozen Grade 12 players in the lineup, the Merritt Secondary School Panthers senior girls rugby team made its final game of the season a memorable one.
The veteran-laden MSS squad scored on its first four possessions of the game en route to a 63-7 blow-out victory over the Mount Boucherie Bears on Thursday of last week.
The Panthers may well have blanked the Bears and run up the score even more had they not switched things around in the second half of the game.
Coaches Molly Brigden, Heidi Andersen and Erica Huber had the team’s forward group move into the backfield, and their set of fleet-footed backs try their hand up front.
The shift in positions made for some exciting and entertaining second-half action, and did allow a hard-working but over-matched Bears team to score their only try of the game and make the conversion.
Seven different players scored tries for the Panthers, led by graduating students Kelsey-Ann Ware, Katie Huber and Jaycee Chenier, along with Rotary exchange student Julia Caccialupi — all with two apiece.
Crossing the goal line once each were Keisha Henry, Danika Potter and Caitlyn Weisse. Henry also successfully kicked four conversions.
With such a large group of graduating players, the MSS girls rugby program will be looking at a bit of a youth movement over the next couple of seasons.