Brew City vs NRG's Tornado Sirens
9NC Naptown 120, 5NC Brewcity 119 – In a game of scoring spurts, the Naptwon Roller Girls outlasted a final scoring rush from the Brewcity Bruisers All Stars for a 120-119 victory.
The tone of the game was set early when Blue Messiah erased an early 8-0 Brewcity lead in the game’s fourth jam with 15-0 effort behind an defense that locked up High-D Voltage in the pack for a full two minutes. Succeeding Naptown jams of 4, 9, and 4 points built the Naptown lead to 32-10. Although Carrie A. Hacksaw and rejected Seoul closed the gap with jams of 14 and nine points, Milwaukee regained the lead with a cautious control of lead jammer status, eventually going up by 14 points, 52-38 with just over six minutes remaining in the first half. Naptown regained the lead behind another series of big pack-control jams of 10, 12, and 10 points, finishing the half on top 70-54.
The two teams started the second-half with more close cat and mouse scoring, but this time it was Naptown that slowly built the lead, eventually reaching a gap of 114-80 as they kept Brewcity scoreless for six and half minutes with six straight lead jams.
It was Brewcity’s turn to score points in bundles, first with eight from Skittle, four from High-D Voltage, and nine from Rejected Seoul. The score was 120-103 with 58 seconds left as Seoul once again took the jammer. Seoul scored three grand slams, her momentum broken mid-jam by a stumble, and it was just too little too late to bridge the gap. — Geoffrey Saucer