Northern Lights Shining Bright
By Touretta Lynn
The Naptown Roller Girls’ Tornado Sirens hosted the North Star Roller Girls, of Minneapolis, Minn., in the third home game of the season. New on the track for the Tornado Sirens was jammer Blazin’ Ace, who scored 31 points in eight jams, before an injury took her out of the game. But even Ace’s impressive numbers couldn’t push the team over the top, and the Tornado Sirens lost to the North Star girls, 118-86.
The first four jams started out neck-and-neck for both teams, but North Star went on to shut-out Naptown in jams five through eight and rallied in jams 10 and 11, going on an 18-4 run.
Naptown’s Wanda Whompya, in her final game of the season before moving out of state, skated in 21 jams and executed 19 successful blocks before fouling out. Teammate Sweet C had 10 assists, fouling out after blocking in 23 jams, and Touretta Lynn had a team-high 14 assists, knocking down six opposing blockers.
Naptown’s 4 Leaf Cleaver racked up 22 blocks in eight jams, taking out two jammers and two blockers. Jammer J Roller, known for hip-checking the opposing team’s jammer, delighted fans by scoring 24 points in 10 jams and knocking down two jammers along the way.
Jane Ire scored 14 points in five jams for Naptown, rousing the crowd when she dodged a string of opposing blockers by crouching low to the ground. Joan of Dark scored five points before a hard knock from an opposing blocker caused an injury to her shoulder, forcing her out of the game.
Down 91-45, with several Tornado Sirens in foul trouble and many jammers suffering from injuries, Naptown managed to gain momentum in the third period, outscoring the North Star team 31-27. Despite the team’s loss, the fans cheered until the end.
The Tornado Sirens will be looking for a win when they take on the Hard Knox Roller Girls of Knoxville, Tenn., on April 21 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Blue Ribbon Pavilion.
Thanks again to all of our wonderful fans, sponsors, volunteers and especially to Taffy. We love all of you!