North Central Quarterfinal: 4NC Naptown Eliminates 5NC Cincinnati, 166-113

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN — The Naptown Tornado Sirens and Cincinnati Black Sheep rolled out to finish the first day of Monumental Mayhem to a decidedly partisan crowd, although plenty of fans had made the drive from Cincinnati as well. A penalty-filled game final went the home team’s way 166-113, but not without Cincinnati putting on a charge early in the second half.

Naptown dominated lead jammer status in the first half, 13- 6, but most went 4-0. Naptown did make the best of its one powerjam opportunity in the half, with 19 points from Maiden America in the bout’s tenth jam. However, the real story of the half was the cascade of pack penalties on both teams, with Naptown taking advantage of uneven numbers in their favor, and Cincy missing out on two golden chances. With a 4-1 pack advantage to start jam number nine, Cincinnati came away with only a 4-3 score. Double back blocks on Naptown jammer Maiden America in jam 16 also resulted in the Black Sheep gaining just a 13-3 scoring edge. The score at the half was 94-46, Tornado Sirens.

Cincinnati jammer K. Lethal took to the line twice in a row to start to second half, scoring 24 points to close the gap to 98-70. A stretch of back and fourth scoring finally seemed to break in Naptown’s favor as fatigue set in on Cincinnati’s corps of three jammers. Halfway through the second, Cincinnati got stuck on 90 points, while the Tornado Sirens went on a 23-0 run over seven jams. With the gap at over 50 points, and Indianapolis winning leads at a 2-1 margin, Cincy’s stab at the semifinals fell short, while the home town fans couldn’t have been happier.

K. Lethal led Cincinnati’s scoring with 52. Maiden America led the way for Naptown with 69 points, while Willa Hoeflinch added 38.

Naptown moves on to play top seed Windy City in Saturday’s marquee semifinal at 7:30pm; Cincinnati heads to the consolation rounds to play 7 seed Arch Rival at 5:30pm.

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