Lady Lions Rugby are State Champs

Ladies RULE!!

Original Daily Herald Article

Making its first appearance in the girls rugby state championship game, Columbia Central came away with a decisive 50-12 victory over Ravenwood in Saturday’s contest at Middle Tennessee State University.

“I am so proud of what this team accomplished, and especially what these seniors have done in four years,” Central coach Dan LaFond said after his team improved to 7-0 since falling in last year’s region finals.

Having defeated Ravenwood — a four-time state champion — 38-10 two weeks ago, the Lady Lions continued their dominance as Adrionna Duncan scored three minutes into the title game and Haniyah Baugh added a score just six minutes later for an early 12-0 lead.

From there, Central controlled the contest, repeatedly defending against Lady Raptor attacks and continuing to add points. Serena White — named most valuable player of the championship game — scored twice, and Makenzie Liles added a try to make it 33-0 at intermission.

Meredith Coffie added 10 points, connecting on five of eight conversion kicks.

LaFond pointed to his team speed on offense and toughness on defense as primary factors in the victory.

“We have the most powerful forwards on the field, and they are the key to our success,” he said. “But you have to give credit to the unsung heroes, like our senior hooker Jovana Hernandez, who passes the ball out of the ruck at lightning speed and keeps our offense fast, and senior full back Olivia Holt, who fielded kicks and came up to make big stops on the quick Ravenwood tap-and-go from penalties.

“It takes 15 to win, and we didn’t have a single weak spot.”