West Quarterfinal: 4W Rose City Bests 5W Bay Area, 139-120

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PORTLAND, OR — In perhaps the most anticipated bout of the first day of Western Regionals, the hometown, crowd-favorite Rose City took on BAD Girls with their respectable golden contingent. The crowd, which numbered in the thousands, was electric as these heavyweights battled to stay alive in the road to WFTDA Championships. And though BAD never led, they were always within striking distance in this 139-120 game that was a brawl from start to finish.

Jam 1 pitted Rose City’s White Flight against BAD’s Astronaughty on the jam line; White Flight pinballed her way through the pack for lead and gave Rose City a 5-0 lead before calling it. BAD’s Chantilly Mace snatched lead jammer on the next jam but was apparently unaware of it as she was sucked back into the pack and allowed Rose City’s jammer SoulFearic Acid to tack up three points before BAD’s bench coach G-Money was able to get Mace to call it off. In Jam 3, Scald Eagle, the bout high scorer with 52 points, kept the Rose City scoreless streak going with a 4-0 jam that ended when BAD’s Demanda Riot floored her.

With the score 12-0, Astronaughty finally got BAD on the board with a 2-0 frame. But the next jam would swing in Rose City’s favor again when BAD jammer Chantilly Mace was sent to the box for a major cut. Rose City’s SoulFearic Acid made it 22-6 by juking around Demanda Riot as the jam clock wound down. Rose City was able to tack on a 7-0 jam when BAD committed a parade of penalties. At one point, Brawllen Angel was the only BAD blocker on the track.

As was the theme for the entire bout, when Rose City pulled ahead, BAD came storming back. On the following four jams, Astronaughty, Chantilly Mace, Nock Nock, and Ivy Prophane collected lead jammer for BAD and led a 26-4 run that put them within one of Rose City at 33-32. Rose City went on their own run getting lead on the next four jams using a strategy in which all blockers played defense (as opposed to BAD’s common strategy of one on offense and the rest on defense). With BAD’s penalty trouble and a couple of power jams, Rose City pushed the lead to 63-39 with seven minutes left in the half. Rose City had power jams on the next two jams but were outscored by BAD.

Then, the hitting got serious. JK Rolling provided superb blocking for Rose City, destroying BAD’s walls. In one of the jams late in the first half, BAD’s Ivy Prophane busted through for lead just ahead of Rose City’s jammer Scald Eagle. Ivy tried to eat the baby, but Scald wasn’t having it. She leveled Ivy, pleasing the crowd and forcing Ivy to call off the jam. Finally, with about a minute to go in the first half, Rose City blocker Mercy put out a leg in a last-ditch effort to stop Chantilly Mace from getting through. This tripped up Chantilly Mace, leaving her prone on the track for a short while, and the jam was called due to injury. Mercy was ejected on the hit, and Astronaughty gave BAD a nice 10-2 jam to close the Rose lead to 71-57 going into the half.

Jams by Ivy Prophane and Nock Nock to start the second half would help BAD close the lead to one point at 72-71, but Rose City never let them flip the lead. On the next four jams, Scald Eagle and Sully Skullkicker rotated lead jammer credentials and led a 25-0 Rose City run. On the very next jam, with the help of a full blocking crew and a cut major by Rose City jammer Scratcher in the Eye, Chantilly Mace was able to recoup 18 points of that lead to put it at 97-89 Rose City with 19 minutes to go. Rose City and BAD would trade lead jammers, and Rose City pushed the lead to ten points.

On the next three jams, Rose City was able to get lead on all three for a 15-0 run to put the score at 122-97 with eight minutes to go. Rose City’s White Flight all but crushed BAD’s victory hopes as she scored a 7-1 jam with two minutes left to put the score at 139-113. Despite BAD squeezing three jams out of the remaining time by using up their timeouts, Rose City would win this one 139-120.

Rose City earned a spot in Saturday’s semifinals with the win and will play the Oly Rollers at 7pm.

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