The Skate Free or Die All-Stars won their second of two scheduled tournament bouts at the 2012 East Coast Derby Extravaganza.
By Justice Feelgood Marshall
The game between 24E New Hampshire and 16E Dominion didn’t even remotely reflect their relative rankings, as NHRD was up 35-1 after 8 minutes. Dominion shook off the bumpy opening, though, rallying to a new score of 46-34 with about 15 minutes left in the first half. Both teams suffered from major jammer penalty trouble — after a rough two-jam sequence in which Dominion jammer Buffalo Bone Crusher and NHRD jammer Moxie Moonwalk were boxed twice each, Dominion took the lead for the first time at 59-58 with 8:44 left in the first half. But two jams later, New Hampshire had a big 20 points on power jam to Madame Scurrie, and NHRD led 78-63 with about 5 minutes left in the half. They’d push the lead to 96-71 at intermission.
Dominion was only able to cut 5 points off that lead over the course of the opening ten minutes of the second half, leaving heavy underdogs New Hampshire still up 110-90. It wasn’t until there were just about 10 minutes left in the game that Dominion got the margin into single digits, with a big power jam from Jasmine Facun almost putting Dominion in front — until she back-blocked her way to the box with Dominion just one point away from tying the game. The jam ended with New Hampshire clinging to a 144-138 lead and 8:59 to play.
However, it also ended with Dominion’s box completely full; McKilla Queen rang up 15-0 on a key jam for New Hampshire to make it 159-138. NHRD held the momentum for the remainder of the game and led 171-145 with 1:54 to play as Dominion called their second timeout. Though Dominion took lead, that jam ended 0-0 on injury at NHRD jammer Liv N Fear. Dominion lost their last chance when jammer Buffalo Bone Crusher got lead but was sent to the box on her second scoring pass — NHRD jammer Madame Scurrie finished one scoring pass but played it safe by staying out of the pack for the remainder of the jam. That jam went 7-4 Dominion, but New Hampshire took their second significant rankings upset of the weekend with the 175-152 victory. Bout stats via wftda.tv.
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