INDIANAPOLIS, IN â€“ Following a Friday where all the higher seeds scored victories, Saturdayâ€™s opener at Monumental Mayhem featured a second half meltdown by mid-pack seed Madison, allowing a Chicago Outfit team experiencing its inaugural trip to the WFTDA playoffs to keep its goal of a fifth place finish in the North Central intact.
Capitalizing on a 60-0 run midway through the second half, ninth-seeded Chicago Outfit upset sixth-seeded Madison 158-129 in the consolation bracket. With the win, the Syndicate advances in the consolation bracket to face seventh-seeded Brewcity at 3 pm Eastern Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile, the Mad Rollinâ€™ Dolls find themselves in Sundayâ€™s 9th place bout, a significant drop from their 3rd place finish last year.
After the Outfitâ€™s Sweet Mary Pain scored 10 with the boutâ€™s opening lead jam, she was sent off for a track cut. This allowed Dairylandâ€™s Mack the Knife to score nine, cutting the Outfit lead to 10-9. This began a 30-point uncontested streak for the Dolls, propelled by Charlie Hustleâ€™s 10-pointer scored at 26:30 which extended Madisonâ€™s lead to 19-10. Eleven additional Dairyland points off the next five jams extended the lead to 30-10 with 20:30 left in the first half.
Captain Sweet Mary Pain stopped the Outfit scoring drought at 18:15 with a five-point tally, which cut the Madison lead to 30-15. Lola Blow added eight two jams later to pull the Syndicate to 30-24. Pain netted seven on the next jam, but was called off for a track cut which allowed Magic Missile to collect a 10-point counterattack, which extended Madisonâ€™s lead to 40-31. Painâ€™s trey on the next jam narrowed the margin to 40-34 at the 11:45 mark.
Dairyland went on a 16-6 run to finish the first halfâ€™s final ten. Thanks to back-to-back four pointers by Hustle and Mouse and an additional eight by Hustle with 4:10 left in the half, Madison built up a 56-41 advantage at intermission.
Knife sliced the Outfit with a six-pointer to start second half Dairlyand scoring, extending the Wisconsin lead to 60-41. Sutherland countered with four of her own, narrowing the gap to 15 with 27:15 left.
Penalties began to mount up for both squads as the second half progressed, with neither squad fully capitalizing on power jams until the Outfitâ€™s Pain barreled out a 34-point monsterjam midway through the period. The captainâ€™s bout-shifting strike erased an 11-point deficit and gave the Outfit its first lead since the opening whistle, a 102-79 advantage with 13:25 remaining.
The Outfit kept the momentum rolling with Gayganâ€™s 20-point power jam â€“ the finish to a Syndicate 60-0 rally â€“ to extend the Illinoisans’ lead to 126-79 with 8:55 remaining. Although Madison kept scrapping until time expired, they were never able to seriously threaten for the lead after that, and the ninth seed at Monumental Mayhem outscored the Dolls 117-88 in
the second half a to claim the consolation bracket upset.
Pain led the Outfit with 85 while Twisted Halo scored 37 for the Mad Rollinâ€™ Dolls.