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Texas Shootout Bout Recap: Texas 110, Carolina 46

Posted by Justice Feelgood Marshall on October 2, 2007

In the third-place match of the Texas Shootout, hosting league Texas bounced back from their tough loss to Rat City just one hour earlier. The match turned out to be a rematch of a battle in Carolina that had taken place just 15 days earlier, when Texas had barely held off Carolina, 64-59. This time around, though, Carolina looked like they were reaching exhaustion after two very tough bouts against Tucson and Kansas City. While Carolina stayed in the game for the first half, their endurance finally ran out in the second half, allowing Texas to start running away with the lead. In the end, Texas would keep a secure hold on to their third place ranking with their 110-46 win.

photo credit: insanitylabs

The bout would kick off with a number of neck-snapping momentum swings. On the first jam, Texas jumped out to an 8-0 lead as their captain and jammer Bloody Mary lapped Princess America. Mary would go to the penalty box on a major during that jam, but even though the next jam started with Mary in the box, Carolina’s Betty Rumble couldn’t do better than a 1-1 tie. Zella Lugosi had a big jam in Jam 3, going 8-0 over a penalized Cat Tastrophe to tie the game at 9 all, but things began to look bad for Carolina after that, with Texas delivering two 9-0 jams in a row to bring the score to 27-9. It was then Betty Rumble’s chance to strike back hard, as Texas failed to send a jammer to the start line in time and Rumble would thunder through the pack for 10 unopposed points, making the score a more respectable Texas 27, Carolina 19. The margin remained there for a few jams, but then Texas’ seemingly tireless Rice Rocket dropped a 7-0 jam on Princess America, who was showing serious signs of fatigue after being heavily relied on in the previous two bouts. That brought the total to Texas 37, Carolina 22, and with Texas picking up lead jammer status for five jams in a row near the very end of the period, they were able to nickel-and-dime the lead up to 23 points going into the half, sitting on a 54-31 advantage.

In the second half, Texas would continue to score their points at about the same clip, while the tiring Carolina squad could only put up half as many points as they’d scored in the first. Carolina remained scoreless for the first three jams of the period (one of which ended early on a once-in-a-blue-moon happenstance — Carolina jammer DVS losing her helmet cover when it got stuck to some loose Velcro on Texas blocker Derringer’s elbow guard), and only scored 4 points in the first 10 jams of the period. Meanwhile, Texas took lead jammer of 8 out of 9 jams to start the period, and their jammers were suddenly finding it a lot easier to sneak past the weary opposition. With about 12 minutes left to play, it was Texas 89, Carolina 35, and while Carolina managed to step up their scoring output a little bit in the last few jams of the bout, they were still held to just 15 points in the 30 minutes of the second half. However, with their stirring defeat of Tucson on the previous day, and by taking eventual tournament champions Kansas City down to the wire, Carolina had more than earned their fourth place finish. Final score was Texas 110, Carolina 46.

Additional reporting: Reckless Ndangerment, Charm City Roller Girls

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Texas Shootout Bout Recap: Kansas City 116, Carolina 108

Posted by Justice Feelgood Marshall on October 2, 2007

Kansas City got a chance to play for the national championship in flat-track roller derby by outracing and outblocking a dogged Carolina team in the semifinal bout of the Texas Shootout, 116 to 108.

Kansas City’s Xcelerator squeezes past Carolina pivot Denise Lightning, while Carolina jammer Princess America tries to make up the ground. Photo credit: insanitylabs

For the first twenty minutes or so of the first half, it looked like Carolina had figured out a way to answer Kansas City’s gameplan, as they quickly picked up a 5-0 on a grand slam for Zella Lugosi over Fearlys. Although Kansas City won the second jam, a full two minutes that saw Xcelerator beat out Denise Lightning, it was only a one point 8-7 win, and Carolina would win each of the next three jams by three points. That run climaxed with an exciting 10-7 win for Zella Lugosi over Dee Claw, where Zella managed to break the pack just as time ran out on another full two minute jam. The score then stood at Carolina 28, Kansas City 15 with about 19 minutes left in the half, but that was where Kansas City turned the game around rather abruptly. After a quick 2-1 for Kansas City’s Fearlys over Princess America, Kansas City’s Xcelerator had a 10-6 over Violent Femme (who passed the jammer star to pivot Denise Lightning early in the jam), and then the always dangerous Snot Rocket busted out a 7-0 jam over Princess America, who had to spend a minute of the jam in the penalty box. Suddenly, it was all tied up at 35 with about 13 minutes left in the half. Carolina would pull back ahead for a short time, but the 13th jam of the half proved to be very unlucky for them, as the Kansas City defense completely had Zella Lugosi’s number and the Carolina defense could not find a way to stop Snot Rocket, who thundered through the pack for three grand slams on her way to a 15-0 jam. The score was Kansas City 63, Carolina 46, the KC corner in turn 4 was creating a massive ruckus, and the momentum had palpably changed. Kansas City’s Xcelerator continued to impress on the final jam of the period, where she kept the momentum going by managing to claim lead jammer and barely complete a 4 point scoring pass even though there were only about 40 seconds left in the period when the jam started. After the first thirty minutes, Kansas City was sitting on a 70-50 lead.

photo credit: insanitylabs

The Kansas City lead would remain at about 20 for the majority of the second half. In the seventh jam, Carolina got a golden opportunity to close in a little bit. With the score Kansas City 91, Carolina 70, Betty Rumble took the jammer star for Carolina against Snot Rocket for Kansas City. Snot Rocket burst out of the pack first, but by cutting the track to get out, she found herself going to the box on a major penalty. However, Rumble was quite obviously tiring, and the KC defense, keyed by Princess Slay-Ya and Patti Wackin, managed to keep her on the same lap for the full minute of Snot Rocket’s penalty. As the penalty came to an end, Rocket came back out of the box … but entered the pack illegally, picking up a fourth minor and going directly back to the box. While that jam ended 0-0, it gave Carolina a chance to start the next jam with Princess America unopposed on the jammer line. She was extremely opposed in the pack, though, this time with Annie Maul, Red Ripper and Xavia all taking turns bashing Princess to the outside, keeping her stuck on her opening lap until Snot Rocket finally got out of the box, claimed lead jammer, and put up 4 points, making the score Kansas City 95, Carolina 70. In those two jams, Kansas City had managed to come out ahead on the scoreboard even though they were missing their jammer for over two minutes. Trouble continued for Carolina on the next jam, when crucial weapon Denise Lightning fell backwards hard early in the next jam, causing the action to stop for some time while the EMTs attended to her. Denise would remain in the game, but looked like she was continuing to feel the effects.

Coming into the end of the bout, though, Carolina got a series of breaks that they were almost able to turn into an improbable comeback. With about 7 minutes left in the game and Kansas City up 113-88, Betty Rumble was able to put up a grand slam over Jade Lightning in the course of running up a 9-0 margin. Just as crucially, Jade picked up her fourth minor in the waning seconds of the jam, allowing Carolina to send Princess America to the jammer line unopposed in the next jam. This time, she capitalized on the chance, quickly picking up lead jammer status and 5 points on her first scoring pass. Jade got out of the box and managed to pick up 3 points for Kansas City before Princess made another scoring pass and called it off. That narrowed Kansas City’s lead to 11 points, 116-105, which was the closest Carolina had been in the whole half. Unfortunately for the East girls, there was less than a minute left on the game clock, and the final jam wouldn’t contain enough time for Carolina jammer Denise Lightning to get more than one scoring pass in. Kansas City hung on to win, 116-108.

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Texas Shootout Bout Recap: Carolina 80, Tucson 73

Posted by Justice Feelgood Marshall on September 30, 2007

In an extremely close contest, Tucson and Carolina traded the lead for almost an entire bout, with neither team able to gain the upper hand for any significant amount of time. However, it was Carolina that was ahead when time ran out, and they became the only team from the East region to advance to the Texas Shootout’s second day, 80-73.

Carolina jammer Denise Lightning makes her move out of the pack. Photo credit: insanitylabs

Many Carolina bouts seem to start off as very strategic, low-scoring affairs, and this was no different — while Carolina’s Zella Lugosi managed to start off the bout with a 2-0 over Tombstone Teri, the score became stuck there for the next five minutes as lead jammers would consistently call off jams at 0-0 to keep their opponents from gaining an advantage. After seven jams and about 13 minutes into the bout, it was tied up at 11. At that point, Tucson jumped out to a bit of a lead, as Tucson’s Sloppy Flo picked up 3 points when Carolina’s Denise Lightning went to the penalty box. On the following jam, Denise was taken down hard in her opening lap and had to switch to defense in an unsuccessful attempt to keep Tucson’s Two-Bit Ore from picking up a grand slam point on her. That made it 19-11 in favor of Tucson, but on a big Jam 9 for Carolina, Tucson focused slightly too much on helping out their jammer Tombstone Teri, allowing Carolina’s Princess America to lap her twice in the course of going 8-0 to tie up the bout at 19. That was the beginning of a Carolina run that climaxed with Carolina captain Betty Rumble dropping an 11-2 jam on Sami Automatic as the Tucson defense completely failed to notice her on her first two scoring passes. This put Carolina up 42-26, and it looked like the girls from the East were settling in the driver’s seat. They also got a significant break a couple of jams later, when Tucson’s Sloppy Flo got lead jammer and was about to lap opposing jammer Betty Rumble when Rumble broke the pack and was also called lead jammer — before the mistake could be rectified, Rumble called off the jam. While Flo won the jam 4-0, Carolina was saved the grand slam point and possibly a few more. A few jams later, the half ended with Carolina up 48-34.

photo credit: insanitylabs

Tucson came out playing very smart in the second half, managing to keep Carolina scoreless throughout the first six minutes of the half while slowly cutting into the lead. On Jam 4 of the half, Sloppy Flo tied up the game, 54-54, on a tight 7-6 jam over Denise Lightning, who started the jam in the box. On the following jam, Tucson’s Sami Automatic managed to get Tucson the lead for the first time since early in the first half with a 4-1 over Zella Lugosi. However, the lead went right back to Carolina on the next jam, when Liberty Valancezuela took a heavy hit that left her deep in the infield and then tried to cut the track directly across the middle to get closer to the pack. She was sent to the box, and Betty Rumble put up 5 points before being sent to the box herself, setting up a full 2 minute jam between blockers Randi Canyon for Tucson and Eva Lye for Carolina. Both skaters were battered by the defense and could not finish their first scoring passes, but Eva Lye barely got the better of it, winning 3-2 and giving Carolina a 63-60 lead with about 12 minutes to play.

The score remained tight over the next few jams, and finally Tucson would make their move. First, Denise Lightning got seriously battered on a jam against Sami Automatic, and Sami won 3-0 to bring Tucson to within just one point at 70-69. Next up, Tombstone Teri put the lead back in in Tucson hands with another 3-0 win, marked by Carolina blocker Militia attempting to deck Teri as she made her move for lead jammer but instead spectacularly wiped out, driving the audience into a frenzy. And just one jam later, the bout would be tied up yet again when Denise Lightning picked up a 3-1 over Sloppy Flo, making it 73-73 with just 6 minutes to play.

This set up a very dramatic set of three final jams. First off, Tucson blocker Deadlock Doe absolutely leveled Tucson jammer Betty Rumble during the opening pass. Apparently feeling the effects of the hit, Rumble passed the jammer star to Eva Lye, but neither Eva nor the Tucson jammer, Sami Automatic, could get through the pack for a solid minute. Finally, Eva battled her way out the pack, and savvily took her time waiting for the right moment to make her move around a still trapped Sami, picking up the grand slam point on her just as the two minutes ran out. That put Carolina up 78-73 with 3 minutes to play. On the next jam, Carolina’s Princess America managed to claim lead jammer and sneak past the pack on the inside before opponent Sloppy Flo could get any points on the board, but Princess only picked up 2 points due to cutting the track — and more importantly, picked up a fourth minor right before she called off the jam. That set up a riveting final jam, with 1:30 left on the clock and Tombstone Teri coming to the jammer line unopposed for a minute with the chance to erase a 80-73 lead for Carolina. But there would be no last-jam heroics for the Saddletramps, as Carolina’s defense kept Teri on her opening lap for a full minute, until Princess America was finally sprung from the penalty box. While Teri was finally declared lead jammer, there were only about 20 seconds left on the clock, and she called off the jam, setting off a rowdy celebration for the Carolina bench and sending them to a semifinal bout against Kansas City. Final score: Carolina 80, Tucson 73.

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Carolina upsets Tucson, 80-73

Posted by Justice Feelgood Marshall on September 29, 2007

So far in Austin, Texas, it’s two upsets in two bouts, as Carolina and Tucson played an amazingly tight game that seemed to be tied every five minutes. In the last six minutes of the bout, a rare star pass from Carolina’s Betty Rumble to Eva Lye proved to be the margin of victory as Eva Lye ran up a grand slam behind some smothering defense from her blockers… but still, the last jam of the bout was a nailbiter as Tucson was down by 7 points with 1:30 to play and Carolina jammer Princess America starting the jam in the penalty box. The Carolina defense would step up, though, and kept Tucson’s jammer Tombstone Teri from getting through on her opening pass.

Carolina will go up against Kansas City tomorrow at 11am, with the winner heading to the championship bout.

I likely won’t be updating posts for the rest of the evening, as I’m working these last two bouts, but check for final scores in the sidebar and look for detailed recaps of Saturday action tomorrow morning. Be sure to hit’s liveblog for up-to-the-instant score updates!

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Texas Shootout Bout Preview: (West #2) Tucson v. (East #3) Carolina

Posted by Justice Feelgood Marshall on September 26, 2007

Both Tucson and Carolina come into this bout looking to erase the memory of tough losses at their regional tournaments — Tucson lost the championship bout of the Dust Devil on their home court by a mere 11 points to Rat City, while Carolina was soundly defeated for the first time since August 2006 by Windy City, 104-55. (Carolina had been edged by Arizona Roller Derby, 76-73, in May.)

Tucson has been relatively quiet since Dust Devil, with their only interleague matchup against Madison in July. Tucson won that battle handily, 120-66. At the time, it seemed to be a demonstration that the East teams weren’t quite ready to challenge the West yet — however, Madison’s surprisingly early exit from Heartland Havoc at the hands of Windy City changed the storyline a bit.

Carolina, on the other hand, has the benefit of coming out of three bouts at Eastern Regionals and having just played an intense home battle against Texas on September 15 — while Carolina fell 64-59, the bout was close all the way through and wasn’t decided until the last moments of the final jam. That bout with Texas makes Carolina the East team that has played West teams the most (with two games against AZRD, two against Sin City, one game against Texas, and 20 minute bouts against Rat City and Bay Area at the 2006 Bumberbout), and that extra experience might prove to be a minor but crucial factor in a bout that looks to be fairly evenly matched.

Carolina players to look out for here: diminutive but dangerous crowd favorite jammer Princess America, the speedy Denise Lightning (formerly of AZRD, she joins Fisti Cuffs and Hard Anya as one of only three skaters in tournament play for both the East and West this year), and all-around threat Betty Rumble. For Tucson, there’s been a bit of turnover on the all-star team since the Dust Devil, but the intense Sloppy Flo, Tombstone Teri and Deadlock Doe are all back to attempt to bring Tucson the championship that eluded them in February. The winner of this bout faces the winner of Gotham / Kansas City at 11am on Sunday.

333 Deadlock Doe // RIP Tombstone Teri // 187 Barbicide // 3-2-1 Boom Town Bandit // 24-7 Eli Wallop // 1917 Kali Clanton // * * Liberty Valancezuela // 7 Polly Graf // 986 Randi Canyon // 22 Sami Automatic // 62 Sassy Sue // 8 Sloppy Flo // 49cents Two-Bit Ore // C-4 Whiskey Mick // 0 Foxxy Locket // (spade) Huckle Betty // 1980 Metal Maiden // 711 Tumbleweed

1492 Princess America // 17 Ms. Anthrope the Mordant // 56 Shirley Temper // 223 Denise Lightning // 110 Kitty Crowbar // 5 Lucy Lastkiss // 63 Zella Lugosi // 13 Eva Lye // 11 Betty Rumble // 10 Militia // 256 Maddat U // 37 Violet Femme // 1 Billy the Kid // 131 DVS // 999 Holly Wanna Crackya // ? Krewesader Kate

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