South Central Regionals Capsule Recaps
Ryder Down leans on Strawberry Cutthroat. Shank watches intently from behind. Photo: Phil Peterson
Bella Fire takes a shirt whip off Missle Toes and avoids a block by Freida Killigan as Pumpkin Pie keeps an eye on the action. Photo: Phil Peterson
Sexy Slaydie keeps her eye on Foxfire. Photo: Phil Peterson
Lil Cinner slides between Pink Koolaid and a falling West Texas blocker. Photo: Phil Peterson
Track Rat dodges a block from Miss Lead. Photo: Phil Peterson
Fully Addomatic pins the West Texas jammer and pivot to the inside line as her jammer, Maulin Monroe, takes a skirt whip off her. Photo: Brian Murphree
Juicy J lifts Wheelin' Justice off her skates at the apex. Ingersoll Rand holds the line. Photo: Brian Murphree
Crackerjack slows down jammer Slammylou Harris and her teammate, The Angie-Christ, looks to take a hit. Photo: Brian Murphree
Mistilla ducks under a block by Sylvia Bullet and reaches for Carmen Geddit, who is ready to give her a whip out of the pack. Photo: Brian Murphree
No Coast blocker ThickaThanAhSnicka gives a big whip to her jammer, Flash Gloria, to get her clear of the pack. Photo: Ziv Kruger
3rd place: (3SC) Houston 113 vs. (4SC) Dallas 101 -- An intense battle for the final remaining slot from the South Central region to November's Nationals looked like it might end in a upset, as 4th seed Dallas held a small but apparently solid lead for the majority of the game's midpoint. In the end, though, Houston had just barely enough left in the tank to come back on Dallas and hang on for the critical win.
Though Houston took the lead first, Dallas took it over with about 14 minutes left in the first half at 25-24. Around this point in the game, though, penalties became an enormous issue for Houston, who seemed to start almost every jam with only 2 or 3 blockers. They fell into a 52-32 hole late in the first half, and were down by 19 at the break, 59-45.
Dallas' lead grew to 27 points early in the first half, and although Houston managed to hack a little bit off of it here and there, it was looking like Houston jammers were tiring and unable to go all out after tough passes through the pack. Even with the bout a 8-pointer at a 90-82 point difference, Dallas still seemed in control -- until a nightmare jam for Dallas saw their jammer Roxie La Roo hit the box twice in a row, leaving the floor open for Mistilla the Killa to drop a huge 14-0 followed by an 8-3 for Speed-O. Suddenly, Houston was in the lead again at 101-95 with about 7 minutes to go.
Dallas kept Houston at 101 for three more jams, and strung together tiny margins that eventually allowed Anita Riot to call a quick 2-0 that tied the bout at 101 with about three minutes to play. But yet again, it was a jammer penalty that swung the game -- Roxie La Roo's trip to the box gave Speed-O an unopposed minute to pick up 9 points and give Houston a 110-101 lead going into the last 90 seconds.
Mistilla's lead jam call on the subsequent jam looked like it was certain to lock up the game, as there was more time remaining on the jam clock than the period clock and all she had to do was run out the clock -- but after getting a single scoring pass and 3 points, she inexplicably called the jam as opponent Anita Riot was about to start her scoring pass. There were 4 seconds left on the clock at the moment and Dallas might have been able to call a lightning quick timeout for a final prayer, but time expired before the Dallas bench reacted, and Houston punched their ticket to Nationals in what was arguably the most exciting bout of the weekend.
5th/6th Place: (5SC) Atlanta 126, (6SC) Nashville 66 -- The final score didn't really reflect the nature of this oddly-paced bout. After Atlanta ruled the first 10 minutes and went up 24-0, Nashville battled their way right back into it and made the game extremely tight for the the majority -- until three huge jams in a row in the final 10 minutes made it a suddenly lopsided win for the home team.
The Tennessee team spent most of the first half whittling away the 24 points deficit and finally getting it down to single digits late with a little help from the Atlanta penalty box. Atlanta's Juju had to serve three jammer penalties in a row over the course of two jams, leaving Nashville with plenty of unopposed power jam time -- and by the end of the sequence, Nashville had pulled to within 3 points at 39-36, with about five minutes left in the half. A smattering of 0-0 jams defined the concluding sequence of that half, and Atlanta's lead stood at 11 points, 47-36, when the opening 30 were over.
Nashville kept the margin at single digits nearly from the first jam of the second half all the way to the 12 minute mark, where the score was 70-66 favoring Atlanta, but the bottom completely dropped out on them at that point. Atlanta dropped an unbelievable 56 unanswered points to close it out, and were able to hand the jam star to league founder Tanya Hyde to claim lead jammer and a few points in her final bout before retiring.
Atlanta ended the tournament in the same slot they were seeded, 5; likewise for 6 seed Nashville.
9th place /10th place: (10SC) Memphis 134, (8SC) West Texas 82 -- West Texas kept this one in reach almost all the way through, but although they made repeated runs at Memphis, they could not completely erase the lead. The opening three jam were all powerjams, but Memphis got the better of them -- 10-0 Memphis, 12-0 West Texas and then 15-0 Memphis. That left the score at 25-12 Memphis, with West Texas digging in to finally claw within 2 points at 31-29 with about 15 minutes to play. That was the first of Memphis' wake-up calls, and they opened up a 21 point lead from there, 58-37 with five minutes to play -- and closed the half on a 15-0 for standout jammer Lil Cinner to leave the score at 73-45.
West Texas came out of the break on fire, though -- helped out quite a bit by repeated jammer penalties on Memphis. The opening 4 jams went 13-0 to WTRD's Mulisha Maiden, 4-0 to WTRD's Scary Go Round, 3-0 to Memphis' Irene Business, and then 8-0 to WTRD's Slyder, putting West Texas within single digits at 76-70.
For the middle of the half, WTRD had the margin just one jam away but never could take the lead back. They got as close as 3 points at 84-81 with 11:55 left to play, but Memphis' defense simply slammed the door on them at that point, making the final sequence of the game bear very little relation to what had come before. West Texas only got 1 more point in the final 12 minutes while Memphis dropped 50.
Memphis went 1-2 on the weekend and finished in 9th place, an improvement on their 10 seed coming into the tournament; West Texas lost all three of their bouts and finish in last place.