Memorial Hall- It is the last official game of the home season. The crowd has shuffled in and found a place to enjoy the game. There is a buzz, that slight feeling of electricity in the air, partly because this is the final chance to see the home team favorites and also because of the sense of the unknown. The Dreadnought Dorothys and The Black Eye Susans will be playing for The Cup in The Rink of Fire. That was determined in the last game. Nothing can change that. On this night, The Susans will be playing The Knock-Outs and The Dorothys will be playing The Victory Vixens. There is no pressure to win by a certain point spread or any of the other tournament related pressures that have loomed over all four teams so far this season, there is only the determination to play to the best of each team’s ability. This night is for the love of the sport and anything can happen.
The first game of the night was between The Black Eye Susans and The Knock-Outs. The last time these two faced each other was back in February when The Susans skated their way to victory, 174 to 159. The Susans have since gone on to win more games than they lost while The Knock-Outs, though greatly improved, have only won one game all season. What effect will the lack of performance anxiety have on each team?
Xcelerator was the first Jammer The Susans sent to the line against JessiKa Boom. The whistle blew to start the game and Boom made it out of the pack and became Lead Jammer. She would score two points and shut it down before X got into scoring position. Sk8l Attraction was up next for The Knock-Outs against Turtle Power. Sk8l would get Lead Jammer but Turtle would score one point before Sk8l had a chance to shut it down. The Susans would send in Polly Rocket to face off against Pebbles. Polly would get Lead Jammer but Pebbles was hot on her wheels and Polly could only get one point before being forced to shut down the Jam. It was now a tie game. In the fourth Jam, it was JessiKa Boom who would set the pace of the game by putting up two unanswered points bringing The Knock-Outs into the lead once more. Pebbles and Sk8l would follow suit and get Lead, make their scoring run and shut it down before The Susans had a chance to score more than three points at any time. The Susans called a time out in an effort to regroup and hopefully slow the momentum The Knock-Outs were building but in the 10th, Xcelerator was sent to the box on a cut track call and JessiKa Boom picked up 13 points in a Power Jam. The score was 33 to 19 in favor of The Knock-Outs. By Halftime, the score had become 93 to 46 Knockouts.
The Susans looked like they were going to make a second period rally when Boom lined up against X again but was sent to the box giving X Lead jammer . Boom got out of the box but was soon sent back on a cut track call. By the end, X had put up 20 unanswered points. Turtle Power would start the next Jam with a Power Jam as Boom finished her time. Turtle would put seven unanswered points on the board making the score 93 to 73, still in The Knock-Outs favor. Sk8l Attraction would be the one to bring the game back under Knock-Out control again as she picked up Lead Jammer over Polly Rocket and scored four points to Polly’s three. The girls in teal would send out Little Miss Rampage next who would get Lead and shut it down after one scoring run, not wanting to press her luck against Xcelerator who picked up two. This trend would continue through the rest of the period as The Susans would score 10 or more points in one Jam but then The Knock-Outs would lead the next few inching the score up one run at a time. Ultimately, The Knock-Outs would gain their second win of the season, 162 to 150.
The second game was between the undefeated Dreadnought Dorothys and current Cup holders, The Victory Vixens. If ever there was a time to think that The Dorothys might break their streak, this was it. Havok, their team captain and one of their powerhouse offense players, was injured in The Tri-State Tourney and will be out for the rest of the season. What effect will it have on morale or team organization or on the track? They still have an impressive offensive line up with Lady Killshot, Shuvee Gremlin and Tankerbell. There is also Mel Malice and Erin No Bragh. Foxxi Brown is off of the injured list and back on defense, which will only get stronger now. Will they skate together or fall apart before the big game?
The Victory Vixens have an equally impressive offense squad with Eve Illness, Rogue, Shimmy Hendwrex and Track Rat, who returned after a long absence for the April 1st game. They are led by Dixie Wolf, who is ¼ of the travel teams’ Wall Of Doom, and have some other impressive blockers including co-captain Singh Machine and rookies Dreadlocked N. Loaded and Hannabalistic. Their biggest weakness seems to be timing. It seems as though the defense can be holding the opposing Jammer but then the offense gets hung up or sent to the box. If the offense is on fire then the defense has trouble getting it together. They are almost as unpredictable as The Knock-Outs.
If the scoreboard was any indication, then it would seem that The Dorothys chose to skate together because despite Track Rats’ impressive 22 point Jam right before Halftime, the girls in Gingham were leading 90 to 69. They kept the pressure on through the second period as well and the final score was 214 to 128.
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