More than 2,200 fans braved the cold, snow and holiday traffic to cheer for their favorite home teams and inaugurate the 2011 Mad Rollin’ Dolls season.
The Unholy Rollers broke open a close game with a 50-10 scoring run early in the second half to seize a 167-138 win over the Quad Squad.
The Quad Squad grabbed the first five leads of the game and led most of the first half, including a decisive a 24-2 run by Thunder Kitten with under five minutes to go before intermission. The Quads led 91-75 at half time.
The Quads built their lead to 21 points early in the second half, but watched it slip away thanks to three straight power jams by the Unholy Rollers. Twisted Halo, Mack the Knife and Wildberry Punch all put up double-digit scores for a combined 44-4 Unholies’ scoring run. The teams matched scores to close out the game’s final quarter to finish at 167-138.
Despite the team's youth, there were shades of the Quad Squad of old, with Thunder Kitten scoring a game high 48 points. Jenny Knoxville, Aleta the Hon, and Lil Miss Behavin’ all contributed more than 20 points to the Quad Squad’s scoring effort.
Twisted Halo and Wildberry Punch both scored 48 points for the Unholy Rollers. Looking back to last season, it was Halo’s fourth consecutive 40-plus point effort, while Punch had the highest point per jam average in her six year career with the Unholy Rollers. Rookie Magic Missile added 36 points, and Mack the Knife scored 25 in her first appearance since a season-ending injury in February.
The Vaudeville Vixens and Reservoir Dolls bout began with low-scoring jams, setting the tone for a defensive and physical contest.
Going into the fifth jam, the score was tied at 12 points. While Vixen rookie jammer Inigo Destroya sat out a penalty, Stank Girl the Stench Wench scored the night’s first grand slam, followed by a second grand slam and an additional four points. However, midway through the first half, Major Kusaknocky of the Vaudeville Vixens grabbed four grand slams during a power jam, putting the Vixens ahead 46-35.
The Vixens held the lead until Stank Girl picked up four grand slams with six minutes left in the first half. The Vixens faced a major problem at this time – jammer Major Kusaknocky was in the penalty box repairing twisted wheels on one of her skates. At the half, the Reservoir Dolls were up 73-53.
The beginning of the second half reflected the start of the first half with low scoring jams. At the 23-minute mark, Reservoir Doll Dutch Oven took advantage of Inigo Destroya’s major track-cutting penalty by picking up a grand slam and an additional 11 points, bringing the Reservoir Dolls to a 31-point lead. The Reservoir Dolls held the lead for the rest of the bout.
Several career highlights occurred during the bout. Charlie Hustle scored her 400th career point, and Darling Nikki completed her 400th jam and scored her 600th point. League history was made when Mouse scored her 1000th point.
~ by Iambic PentUpAnger and Geoffrey Saucer