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Windy City Rollers Mon Dec 16 2013

Double Crossers, Hell's Belles Win in WCR Home Season Opener

wcr-logo.png The Double Crossers, who didn't have a victory last season, beat last year's Ivy King Cup champions The Fury in Saturday's Windy City Rollers home season opener.

The Double Crossers jumped out to an early lead thanks to a series of quick, low-scoring jams. But Fury jammer Poppy Spock took lead jammer in jam 12 and passed the star to pivot KonichiWOW, who put The Fury up 54-50 with 13:35 left in the first half.

But that lead quickly disappeared and the Double Crossers never let up, taking a 102-93 lead into the locker room.

The second half started with more quick jams that allowed the Double Crossers to build their lead a bit. Strong blocking held The Fury to only four points in the first 11 minutes of the second half.

Though down, The Fury was never out. Pish Posh took lead jammer in the 19th jam of the half and brought The Fury within nine points, 149-140, with 8:45 to play. But it wasn't enough to hold off the Double Crossers, who went on to win 183-144.

The Double Crossers' Reina Chaos said after the bout that the strategy of quickly scoring small amounts of points and then calling off the jam seemed to work.

"We want them to get in there and get those points," she said.

In a bout that was closer than the final score might indicate, the Hell's Belles beat the Manic Attackers 222-175.

The Belles held the Manics to only 15 points in the first nine minutes and 40 seconds of the bout, while putting up 50 points of their own via strong jamming by Hermione Danger (who seemed to find every hole in the Manics' packs all night), Fifi Nailya and Bloody Elle. Though the Manics cut the lead to four, 53-49, Hermione Danger was able to score 25 points in jam 11 to put the Belles up 78-49.

Though the Manics got lead jammer several times in the final minutes of the half, they couldn't keep the Belles from scoring and were down 136-85 at halftime.

The Manics came out of the locker room strong, cutting the Belles' lead to 139-102. But the Belles held the Manics scoreless for nearly eight minutes and with 18:40 to play, were up 187-102. As in the fist half, the Manics got lead jammer a few more times and were able to cut the Belles' lead to 43, 209-166, with 3:19 to play.

But it proved to be too little too late and the Belles took the bout 222-175.

After the bout, Hermione Danger praised the blocking efforts of the Belles.

"This is a really big win for us," she said. "We have a really incredible blocker line."

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