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The Outfit Mon Jun 17 2013

A Good Weekend for the Outfit

The Chicago Outfit went 2-for-2 over the weekend as its a-team, the Syndicate, beat the Blue Ridge Rollergirls of Asheville, N.C. and b-team the Shade Brigade beat the McLean County Missfits of Bloomington, Ill.

Though Blue Ridge was up 31-10 with 20:35 left in the first half, strong jams by Matza Ball Breaker, Joan Ranger and Lola Blow put the Syndicate up 39-31 with 15 minutes left in the half. But Blue Ridge kept the pressure on and with just under 11 minutes to play in the half had gone up 43-41.

A back block sent Blue Ridge's Skelley Tor to the penalty box in jam 18 and gave the Syndicate's Queefer Sutherland a power jam. Queefer scored two quick grand slams and put the Syndicate up 58-43.

The two teams kept it close and the Syndicate had an 80-75 lead at the half.

The Syndicate led for the two thirds of the second half, though their lead was never more than 11 points. In the 18th jam of the half, a track cut sent Lola Blow to the penalty box and gave Blue Ridge a power jam. Skelley Tor took full advantage of being the only jammer on the track and by the end of the jam, Blue Ridge was up 134-132 with 7:40 to play.

Blue Ridge's Caslamity Jane, a thorn in the Syndicate's side all night, took lead jammer in jam 19, but hard blocking by the Syndicate's Matza Ball Breaker and Kim Mortal kept her at bay.

The bout ended with the Syndicate on top 185-149.

The Syndicate's Hero Shima said on Sunday that she felt her team played solid defense throughout, but said that it took the offense a while to adjust to Blue Ridge, who was a much bigger team.

"We definitely could have helped our jammers out a little more as blockers, but we were a little too defense minded," she said.

Though the score was close, Hero Shima said that had the Syndicate done some things differently, it might not have been.

"Do I think we played well? Yes, I'm proud of how we played. Do I think we played the best that we are capable last night? No," she said. "I think that I've seen our walls tighter, our offense better and our gameplay more controlled. I think had we played that way, the score would have been much different."

In other action, the Shade Bridgade beat the McLean County Missfits.

Though McClean County led 73-67 at halftime, the Shade Brigade started the second half hot. The Shade Brigade held the Missfits scoreless through the first six jams while scoring 38 to go up 101-73 with 22:10 left in the game.

In the 10th jam of the half, Ante Madder scored 20 points to put the Shade Brigade up 141-81. From then on, it was all Shade Brigade, who went on to win 193-103.

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