WASHINGTON, DC — The fourth bout of the DC Rollergirlsâ€™ home season pitted the 2-0 Scare Force One against the 0-2 Cherry Blossom Bombshells, and though the Bombshells stayed in the game into the second half, the results reflected the standings — SF1 remained undefeated and the Bombshells remained winless on a final score of 156-97.
As the bout opened, it was all about incremental gains. Scare Force One built a comfortable early lead with several hit-and-quit jams, but about 10 minutes into the first half, the Cherry Blossom Bombshellsâ€™ back-wall strategy started to pay off. They were able to hold the Fright Attendants scoreless for three jams in a row; on the third, Bombshell jammer Yankee Scandal capitalized on a powerjam opportunity to bring her team within 15 points of the lead at 25-10.
After a timeout, Scare Force answered with several more low-scoring jams that widened the gap yet again. Just before halftime, the score stood at 58-21 when a track-cut call on Scare Force jammer Brutal Noodle gave the Bombshells a golden opportunity to make up some pointsâ€”and they did just that, with the Bombshell blockers setting up an effective trap in the back of the pack that freed jammer Yankee Scandal to rack up a double grand slam. At the half, Scare Forceâ€™s lead was sizeable but by no means definitive at 62-31.
But the second half found the Bombshells in immediate penalty trouble. With two blockers in the box, they were unable to stop Scare Force jammer Feral Streak from going on a 13-point scoring spree, bringing the total to 84-37, before being sent to the box herself. Scare Forceâ€™s effective penalty-killing, however, kept the Bombshells from answering Streakâ€™s impressive run. They got that chance in the next jam, though, when Streak was sent to the box again, allowing Yankee Scandal to rack up 7 points and setting up veteran jammer Lucky Penny to start the next jam unopposed. A coordinated Bombshell offense netted her a 15-0 jam, bringing the lead within reach again at 84-59.
The score stayed nearly static for the next few jams, but the Bombshellsâ€™ luck was about to run out. A rash of penalties on their jammers gave Scare Force a chance to prove their superiority at maximizing powerjam opportunities, and they added almost 30 points to their total in the next few jams, blowing the lead wide open at 124-70. Although the Bombshell defense rallied and Yankee Scandal was able to pull off another 15-0 powerjam, it wasnâ€™t enough to dent Scare Forceâ€™s lead (especially when Scare Force jammer Marion Barrycuda answered with a 15-0 powerjam of her own).
The 0-3 Bombshells will vie for their last shot at a championship berth in three weeks, when they play the 1-1 DemonCats on February 5.
See James Calder’s photo gallery from this bout.