OHIO ALL STARS FINISH 6-0 HOME SEASON WITH 216-158 VICTORY OVER NAPTOWN TORNADO SIRENS
The Ohio Roller Girls wrapped up their tenth home season with a sold-out triple header against Naptown Roller Girls (Indianapolis, IN). Throngs of fans for both teams packed the Ohio Building to capacity for a high-energy day of roller derby. Ohio’s C-level team, Green Machine, kicked things off with a developmental game against Naptown’s Third Alarm, followed by the highly anticipated rematches between the Ohio All Stars & the Naptown Tornado Sirens, and Gang Green & the Naptown Warning Belles.
For the second time in less than five months, the Ohio Roller Girls took the track against the Naptown Roller Girls Tornado Sirens, this time on home turf and eager to emerge victorious after their 182-132 loss to the Indianapolis team in April.
Naptown took a quick 3-0 lead in the first jam, but The Smacktivist responded by lapping the opposing jammer and giving Ohio their first lead change of the game, 9-3. Four consecutive lead jammer statuses gave Naptown the upper hand, and allowed them to temporarily halt Ohio’s scoring. Jesse “Ava Tarr” Fox hit Naptown jammer Cherry-Oto-Fire out-of-bounds in jam ten, giving Kitty Liquorbottom room to steal lead jammer and break Ohio’s scoreless streak as Naptown players rotated in and out of the penalty box. With Cherry-Oto-Fire in the box on a track cut penalty, The Smacktivist had no trouble grabbing lead status to the raucous cheers of faithful Ohio fans. Pack confusion and multiple penalties on Ohio blockers allowed Naptown to nearly double their points over the next 5 minutes of gameplay, though not without opposition, as Kloverkill busted through defensive formations and Texas Chainsaw Sasskicker wisely kept the Naptown jammer out-of-bounds as much as possible.
Dual penalties on Naptown jammer Maiden America gave Burnadeath time to add 6 points for Ohio, bringing the score to 39-69, and a subsequent power jam start provided opportunity for The Smacktivist to post a 12-0 jam. With 9 minutes left in the half, Ohio put on the pressure, taking lead status for 6 out of 8 remaining jams and racking up 25 points while holding Naptown to a mere 8 point gain. Kitty Liquorbottom forced a track cut call on Scorpiopathic, causing a full penalty box for Naptown, and Zee “Loraine Acid” Gulertekin, Jesse “Ava Tarr” Fox, Paige Bleed, and Amy Spears made scoring passes impossible for their opponents. Ohio regained a one-point lead with a mere two seconds on the period clock, but Naptown stole it back as they squeezed two more points out of the last jam.
Starting the second half down 77-76, Ohio cranked the volume to eleven, while Naptown found themselves plagued by penalties and forced to play short for much of the period as a result. Ena Flash and Texas Chainsaw Sasskicker paired up to contain Maiden America, who again served back-to-back penalties; Naptown blockers struggled to respond to The Smacktivist‘s agile footwork as the Indiana squad’s scoring stagnated. Burnadeath easily snagged lead status as Cherry-Oto-Fire headed to the penalty box on a track cut, and a power jam start and second penalty to the Naptown jammer allowed Ohio to slip over the century mark after a 14-point jam by The Smacktivist. Yet another power jam for Ohio saw Kitty Liquorbottom leaping through the pack to post 10 more points; crushing defense by the Ohio pack thwarted Naptown’s hopes of large point gains time and again.
With just under half the period remaining, The Smacktivist played defense as jammer, running Maiden America out-of-bounds and sprinting into lead status while Texas Chainsaw Sasskicker and Zee “Loraine Acid” Gulertekin rained heavy hits on the Naptown jammer. Ohio picked up speed, keeping the pack fast as they sailed over 200 points, while holding Naptown scoreless for seven consecutive jams. A full two-minute jam coupled with a power jam opportunity saw Bigg Rigg passing the star to pivot Jesse “Ava Tarr” Fox, who was able to play defense while racking up an additional 8 points for Ohio. In the last jam, retiring powerhouse blocker Ena Flash took the star, and Ohio wrapped up their home season with the 216-158 win over Naptown.
Official scoring and jamming for Ohio were: The Smacktivist(16-17, 100 pts), Kitty Liquorbottom (7-11, 63 pts), Burnadeath (6-8, 30 pts), Bigg Rigg (1-4, 15 pts), Jesse “Ava Tarr” Fox (0-2, 8 pts)
Official scoring and jamming for Naptown were: Cherry-Oto-Fire (5-16, 66 pts), Maiden America (4-15, 54 pts), Eve Anne Hellical (3-8, 35 pts), and Scorpiopathic (1-8, 10 pts).