[Fox Cityz] 8Queen Wheelers 109, Paper Dolls 49


APPLETON, WI — The Paper Dolls came into this season opener as defending back-to-back league champions who hadn’t lost a game since 2009, but they left it getting convincingly defeated by the same 8Queen Wheelers team they’d defeated for the championship in 2010.

The Paper Dolls started the game out in character, with three short, precise, single-pass jams which staked them to an early 10-3 lead. In the fourth jam, Paper Dolls speed demon Slick Nikki was sent to the box for a major back block, allowing former teammate Killer DoomKitty – a defensive specialist who jammed infrequently for the Dolls in past seasons – to ring up a shocking 9-0 jam, giving the Wheelers a 12-10 lead after four. The Wheelers built on this momentum shift, and, at the midway point of the first period, had built themselves a tidy 28-13 lead. The Dolls grabbed lead jammer status the next two jams, enabling them to cut the Wheelers’ lead down to 11, but the Wheelers took lead jammer for the last four jams of the half, staking themselves to a twenty point halftime lead, 47-27.

The Dolls – whose jammer corps was once so deep as to be an almost comical embarrassment of riches – began the second half trying to fill their third jammer spot by committee, augmenting their one-two punch of Lolly PopYa and Slick Nikki by sending Vixin de SlamHer, Sixx Toe Foo, Bad Luck Charm, Woman O’ War and the Devil’s Reject out to the jammer line, with negligible success. The Wheelers’ defense shut down all comers with equal aplomb and vigor. The Wheelers pushed their lead out to 35 points early in the first period, but the Dolls responded by nabbing lead jammer for six straight jams. However, the tough Wheelers’ defense only gave five points back to the Dolls over this stretch, maintaining a 30 point Wheeler lead at 78-48 after eleven jams.

The metaphorical roof caved metaphorically in for the Dolls in the thirteenth, when Lolly PopYa was boxed for a major elbows call, joining two teammates in the sin bin. With the Dolls down to a two-skater pack, Boun C. Ballz reeled off a stunning 15-0 triple grand slam to put the game out of reach at 93-48. When the dust had settled, the undermanned 8Queen Wheelers had throttled the defending champions by sixty points, 109-49. Boun C. Ballz led all scorers with 50 points; Lolly PopYa led the way for the Dolls with 21.

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