Memorial Hall- The second day of the Tri-State Tourney continues with the debut of The Oklahoma Victory Dolls’ Tornado Alley and All Star Squad. The Victory Dolls are out of Tulsa and currently ranked 67 by WFTDA. Tornado Alley has just recently started their season and only played one game so far against Dallas which they did not win. The All Star Squad has four games under their belt this season and they only lost one.
The first game of the day featured Tornado Alley taking on Omaha Rollergirls’ AAA. AAA just played Plan B last night and lost, 176 to 141. Maybe this will be their day.
The action started off hot as the first two Jams went scoreless but, in Jam 3, Eva lined up for Tornado Alley against Ginny Cash. Eva got Lead Jammer and Ginny ended up in The Penalty Box. Eva made two passes and put up 10 unanswered points before calling off the Jam. Fatal Inferno started the next Jam as a Power Jam but got hung up in the pack. When Ginny Cash got out of the box, she picked up Lead Jammer status and put up 3 points of her own before being forced to call it. Kiki Strike came out next for AAA and got Lead as well as 4 more points, bringing the score to 13 to 7 in Tornado Alley’s favor. Penelope Bruise took the line next for AAA and made Lead and put up 5 points, closing the point gap, 13 to 12. Eva and Ginny Cash lined up again, Eva got Lead but then they were both sent to the box on different offenses so now the Jam would run the full two minutes. By the time the Jam Clock ran out, Eva had scored 18 points to Ginny’s 9. The score was now 31 to 21 in Tornado Alley’s favor. AAA tried to close the gap over the next few Jams but that started to fade in the 10th as Kelin It put up 19 unanswered points and pulled Tornado Alley ahead, 54 to 31. By Halftime, that lead had grown to 117 to 61.
The second period did not go any better for AAA as Tornado Alley rolled on to victory, 340 to 121.
The next game of the day was between Omaha and Oklahoma as well, this time The All Stars were taking on The All Star Squad. The All Stars were still smarting from the 281 to 92 spanking they got from KCRW the night before. They would, however, be looking for a little reciprocity for AAA.
Eblastagirl took the line against Oklahoma’s Trigger Trixie for the first Jam. The whistle blew and Trigger Trixie broke through the pack and became Lead Jammer. Eblastagirl was hung up in the pack as Trixie drew first blood with 7 unanswered points. In the 3rd, Molly Massacre managed to put 13 points up after a Power Jam, bringing the score to 21 to 13 in favor of Oklahoma. Meg Skeeto was able to come out in the 5th and get Lead over Fatal Inferno. The defense kept Fatal busy long enough for Meg to score 18 unanswered points and bring Omaha into the lead, 31 to 25. The lead would change hands a few times until mid- period when Trigger Trixie tied it up 41 all. It would then change hands a couple of more times before, close to the end of the period, T Pain lined up for Oklahoma against Rady Ruck and Ruck got sent to the box. T Pain went on a 20 point scoring run that put Oklahoma ahead, 86 to 62. By Halftime, The Victory Dolls led The Rollergirls 101 to 62.
Omaha seemed to be plagued with penalty problems and Oklahoma kept up their intensity. By the time the final whistle blew, Oklahoma stood victorious at 269 to 127.
After a brief intermission, it was time for Plan B to take on Tornado Alley.
Bear Knuckles took the line against Killy C. to start the game. Killy C. got Lead jammer and put up 2 unanswered points, drawing first blood. TankerBell came out the following Jam and got Lead over Kelin It and answered those points, 4 to 3 in favor of Plan B. Lil Shanksta would face Fantastic Beast next, get Lead and put Tornado Alley back on top, 11 to 7. Plan B would continue to trail behind and pick up points 2 to 4 at a time until the 17th when Bear Knuckles started to lead a rally by getting 20 points, making the score 68 to 43 still in favor of Tornado Alley. Shuvee Gremlin would take advantage of a Power Jam in the following Jam and put 9 points up, narrowing the margin 68 to 52. A few jams later, Bear Knuckles would get a Power Jam situation when Lil Shanksta would go to the box, allowing her to throw up 15 points, 78 to 67 Tornado Alley. The following Jam would see Shuvee Gremlin in a similar situation as Kelin It would be sent to the box and Shuvee would score 7 unanswered points, making the score now 78 to 74 and bringing a close to the first period.
The second period started off well with Shuvee Gremlin getting Lead but shutting it down after 1 point, 78 to 75. In the 2nd, Bear Knuckles lined up against Kelin It and what was once so close became far away as Bear went to the box and Kelin went on a 20 point scoring run making the score now 98 to 76. The following Jam seemed to go through the looking glass as Tankerbell took the line against Eva. Eva took a trip to the box and Tankerbell went on a 17 point Power Jam. The score was now 98 to 93, still in Tornado Alley’s favor but Plan B was back in striking distance. Eva was still in the box as Shuvee Gremlin took the line and made Lead Jammer. She was able to score 3 more points before Eva was released, 98 to 96. In the 5th, Lil Shanksta got Lead over Bear Knuckles and put up 17 points to Bear’s 8, the score was now 115 to 104. There were a couple of more points scored for both teams over the next two Jams but in the 8th, Shuvee and Eva toed the line and Shuvee got a Power jam when Eva got sent to the box. 14 points later saw Plan B sitting on top, 123 to 116. That would change the next Jam as Killy C. put up 8 points making it 124 to 123 Tornado Alley. Things would continue to look grim for Plan B until the 15th when Shuvee Gremlin would take advantage of a Power jam and put up 23 unanswered points, bringing the score to 170 to 160 Plan B. This time Plan B managed to hold the lead all the way to the end when the final score was 213 to 172. Plan B came from behind and rallied to victory!
Is this really the same team that fell apart in the last two games they played? That answer is no. I had a chance to ask a couple of the players afterward about the change in playing styles and they told me that one of the main focuses in practice has been unit cohesion and playing as a team. This is going to be an exciting season if they keep playing like this.
It was almost time for The Roller Warriors to meet The Victory Dolls on the track. Both have the same amount of track time for this season but The Victory Dolls have one loss where KC has none. This should be an interesting game.
KC put The Dream Team in to start the game against Trigger Trixie. This had little effect on the score board as Trixie picked up Lead jammer and JessiKa Boom got sent to the box while she proceeded to rack up 10 unanswered points. Next, Xcelerator faced Emma C. Hammer who put up four more points, making the score 14 to 0 in favor of Oklahoma. Things did not get any better for KC when Eve Illness was sent to the box, giving Fatal Inferno a Power jam that not even The Wall of Doom could stop, 24 to 0 Oklahoma. Finally, by the 4th, KC showed up on the board as Sk8l Attraction got a Power Jam and put up 10 unanswered points. After making ground a couple of points at a time, the 9th rolled around and a hero did rise. JessiKa Boom got Lead jammer and put up 13 unanswered points as Lethal Lamb attempted to fight her way through the pack. The score was now 30 to 28 in KC’s favor. That victory was short lived as Oklahoma quickly reclaimed dominance until Jam 16 when Sk8l Attraction got Lead over Fatal Inferno and put 9 points up bringing the score to 44 to 42 KC. The following Jam brought the familiar call from the announcers-“JessiKa Boom Lead Jammer!”, as she proceeded to put up 22 unanswered points, 66 to 42 KC. Xcelerator came out the next Jam and took advantage of a Power jam as Trigger Trixie went to the box and she scored 10 more points, 76 to 50 KC. Oklahoma started to go on a late period rally as Emma C. Hammer had a 20 point Power jam, 85 to 70 KC. Oklahoma had closed the gap to 85 to 80 by Halftime.
JessiKa Boom and Trigger Trixie started the second period with Boom getting 23 points to Trixie’s 11, 108 to 91 KC. Oklahoma never did recover the lead and KC went on to win 187 to 171. KCRW is still undefeated!
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