WASHINGTON, DC — In the first bout of the DC Rollergirlsâ€™ home-team double-header on January 28, the Cherry Blossom Bombshells (2-1) were pitted a second time against DCRGâ€™s newest team, the Majority Whips (1-2). In the teamsâ€™ first matchup in November, heavy hitting and a rash of Whip penalties helped the Bombshells prevail 185-96, but this time around things would come down to the last jam before the Bombshells came away with a 110-94 victory.
This time, the Whips struck first: Dual Hitizen (Team Franceâ€™s captain in the Roller Derby World Cup) eked out 4 points against veteran Bombshell jammer Yankee Scandal. The next few jams were Bombshells away: Lucky Penny and Ridinâ€™ Dirty each scored 3, followed by Yankee Scandal in a jammer-on-jammer duel with Dual Hitizen. Behind the impenetrable Bombshell defense of Guantanamo Babe and Nubian Nemesis, Scandal was able to score three grandÂ slams to bring the score to 21-4.
The Whips quickly regrouped and effectively prevented further Bombshell blossoming, bring the score to 25-8 10 minutes in. A series of hit-and-quit trips traded between Bombshells Yankee Scandal and Lucky Penny and Whips Dual Hitizen and Fierce Compredator made it 34-16 around the 15-minute mark.
Go-to jammers Penny and Scandal kept the points coming for the Bombshells, aided by hard hitting by Artemis Conduct, while the Whips added some new faces to the scoring column: Nasty Pelosi earned 5 in a powerjam against Yankee Scandal, while Slam Grier scored 5 of her own right before halftime, thanks to a great assist by teammate Spank Erin, to make the score 65-30 in favor of the Bombshells.
The second half initially looked to be more of the same: In the third jam, Lucky Penny capitalized on several Whips in the box, banking 20 points to run up the score to 87-30. But the Whips quickly made things more interesting by scoring in the next seven jams, aided by a penalty box blooming with Bombshellsâ€”at one point, Scarlet Oâ€™Snap was the only Bombshell blocker on the track.
Captain Lois Slain joined the Whipsâ€™ jammer rotation, scoring in three different jams, with teammates Dual Hitizen and Fierce Compredator also contributing twice each, ending the seven-jam run at 94-73. During a neck-and-neck jammer battle between Yankee Scandal and Jackie Mae Day, confusion about lead jammer status earned Mae Day an illegal procedure penalty, ending the Bombshell drought at 98-73.
With 10 minutes left, Whip Dual Hitizen kept Lucky Penny from crossing the century mark, scoring 4 to make it 98-77. The Bombshells controlled the Whips for three jams, increasing their lead to 105-81 with only Slam Grier scoring for the Whips. But a well-timed powerjam gave Fierce Compredator 8 more points for the Whips, narrowing the margin to 105-89.
With just over two minutes remaining, Dual Hitizen made it a nail-biter by cutting the lead to 11, at 105-94 in favor of the Bombshells. Â Winning lead on the last jam was the key to victory: Yankee Scandal melted the Whipsâ€™ hopes by outracing Lois Slain, scoring five to seal the victory for the Cherry Blossom Bombshells with a score of 110-94. The score gave the Bombshells their third win in a row, bringing their record to 3-1 and putting them on the path to face off for the season championship in May.