[Windy City]: Manic Attackers 151, Double Crossers 62

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CHICAGO, IL — After the drama of the Hell’s Belles ending The Fury’s 15-game winning streak in the previous match of Windy City’s season-opening doubleheader, the Manic Attackers didn’t have too much trouble extending the Double Crossers’ losing streak to 11 games with a 151-62 rout.

Though the Manic Attackers were down two key players as Mo Vengeance and Wreck N Shrew were both out on injury, the Crossers were in worse shape, missing Dame Over, Indy Cent, Joanie Utah and Nina Faile, who had just returned from missing the 2011 season on an ACL tear only to break her leg in WCR’s January charity mini-tournament.

The Manics were ahead from the start. The speedy feet of Abbey, jamming against the determined Zoe Trocious, wasn’t enough to secure lead jammer status due to a stalwart roadblock of electric blue and yellow. Zoe Trocious scored an easy 4-0 to open and Rose Feratu added 3-0 on the next.

It’d be 6 jams until the Double Crossers finally got on the board with the smooth moves of transfer skater Cruel Whip. Pitted against point-scoring champion Zoe Trocious, Cruel Whip had her work cut out for her. With remarkable help from her teammates, Cruel was able to break through the pack and gain lead jammer status, scoring 2 points for the Double Crossers.

Multiple penalties and a sparse roster kept the Double Crossers behind, regardless of standout stellar blocking from Sassy Squash, Sunshine N Painbows, Karmageddon, Julia Rosenwinkel, Berg and Busty Brabender. The scoreboard didn’t change again for the Double Crossers until mid-half, where Crosser captain Abbey scored 5 points, bringing the score to 41-7.

Dani Get Your Guns squared off against Rose Feratu in the 17th jam. With three Double Crossers in the penalty box, Cruel Whip and Julia Rosenwinkel were forced to do all of the heavy lifting. The Manics were able to keep Cruel Whip back, leaving huge holes for Rose Feratu to bring home the bacon with a halftime score of 92-15.

Strong blocking from Ada Hatelace, AliSin Chains, Bork Bork Bork, Ruth Enasia, Rose Feratu and Tamikaze, as well as the quick-footed jamming of Bellatrix Lapain, Thievin’ Tyler, Outlaw and Zoe Trocious in the opening of the second half silenced the Double Crossers. The Manics worked as a solid team unit on the track, cycling through their jammers and blockers, and they were able to consistently tack up more points on the board.

With about 15 minutes to play, the Double Crossers gained a little momentum as they held lead jammer status for three consecutive jams bringing the score to 127-35. From that point on, though, the margin hovered between 90 and 100 points, with the eventual outcome a foregone conclusion. In the end, the Manic Attackers won 151-62, with Zoe Trocious earning MVP for the game.

On March 10, the 1-0 Manics take on the 1-0 Hell’s Belles, with the winner in the driver’s seat for the key #1 seed in the playoffs. The Double Crossers face off against the also winless Fury, who will likely be out for blood after having their lengthy winning streak snapped at the hands of the Belles.

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