DES MOINES, IA–Jet City were on the line and ready to go three minutes before start time, with a very vocal cheering section willing them on before the first whistles had even gone.
It was Jersey Jill and Frightmare who got DC on the board across the first two jams, but then hit the penalty trouble that was to define the rest of the game. The team from the District didn’t see points for another 6 jams. 29 points for Jet across two jams punished DC for their first jammer penalty as Jet grabbed the bout with both hands, before flying to a comfortable 262-112 win.
The Washington team’s consistent pack control and well-drilled jammer strategy took them to six consecutive lead calls, with each call off heralded by their bench coach yelling from the sidelines, his voice echoing through the sparsely populated venue. Jet also managed to hustle first to the jammer line despite having the more distant bench, ensuring that they forced home their early advantage.
Skater: Jams / Lead / Points
Frightmare: 14 / 4 / 45
Lenore Gore: 8 / 1 / 29
Jersey Jill: 7 / 1 / 20
Dual Hitizen: 1 / 1 / 15
Sharp Shredder 6 / 1 / 8
Sierra Fist: 9 / 4 / 66
Eva Derci: 8 / 5 / 60
Terror Faceoff: 9 / 5 / 57
Ivana Hercha: 10 / 4 / 55
Whoa Nellie!: 8 / 6 / 24
Full stats courtesy of WFTDA.
A Barrycuda cut handed Jet another 29 powerjam points. DC kept in touch as things stayed even with both jammers on the floor, and they even got some back in powerjams of their own before the penalties started to really bite again.
14 points for Jersey Jill ensured the half ended on something of a high for DC–but they still trailed 131-64 at the break.
Luck didn’t fancy DC in the second half. Jill got lead and one scoring pass to extend the run she ended the first half on–but got knocked out and cut the track. DC’s strong walls were let down by slack bridging paired with sharp no-pack calls. Ivana Hurchu put 23 points up for Jet and called it off with Jill still in the box.
Sierra Fist gets lead in the next jam. Jill gets back in, through the pack and behind Sierra. Sierra whiffed trying to flatten Jill, and picked up an out of bounds skating penalty for her trouble as she careened off the track. On official review followed as Jet challenged the call, but to no avail.
It made little difference though; Jet’s physical dominance in the pack meant they could manage the clock with little risk. It was 11 jams into the half when DC got their first lead call of the second period–that resulted in a 9-0 for Gore to make it 243-96.
That was the start of a game-ending rally for DC as they outscored Jet 36-19 in the final 15 as both teams relaxed and the penalty count dropped. Jet finished 262-112 winners, and progressed to Saturday’s semifinals.