Chicago Invitational: LA Edges Out Rocky 113-108 for $10,000
VILLA PARK, IL -- In an extremely closely matched prize bout with 9 lead changes and 3 ties, Rocky Mountain and LA took it all the way to the wire. For the second time in two days, Rocky Mountain found themselves going into the last jam of the game with a tie score in a powerjam situation -- but this time, it was their opponents with the upper hand. LA's Chargin' Tina broke a 108-108 tie on the last jam to give LA the win and the $10,000 purse from the Kitten Traxx Chicago Invitational, 113-108.
Rocky held an early lead -- though much smaller than they'd had against Gotham on Friday -- and once again lost key players DeRanged, Psycho Babble and Amanda Jamitinya to foulouts near the end of the bout, though it wasn't quite as debilitating as LA also lost their own V Lee, Mickispeedia, Tough Soles and Iron Maiven in the fourth quarter.
In the first quarter, it momentarily looked like Rocky Mountain had the solid upper hand. LA only scored once in the opening 9 jams, leaving Rocky Mountain up 22-4 after ten minutes; the Rocky lead peaked at 32-10 with thirty seconds left on the quarter clock. That 22 point advantage ended up being the largest lead for either team throughout the game; Laguna Beyatch used a power jam topped off with a nice apex jump to pull down a much needed 13-0 to close the quarter at 32-23 Rocky Mountain.
RMRG's lead swung between 1 and 13 points for most of the second quarter, but LA finally took the lead for the first time with 1:40 left in the half, as it was again Laguna Beyatch on a key jam as she put jukes on Bob Loblaw and Amanda Jaminitya to take a 4-0 that put LA up 53-52. However, AJ took the star next on a powerjam and got 5-0 of her own to put Rocky in the lead again at halftime, 57-53.
In the second half, things got even more heated -- the largest lead for either team during the last 30 minutes was 11 points. On the fourth jam of the third quarter, LA's Laguna Beyatch continued being at the center of swing moments as she put up a 10-0 powerjam with another apex jump that got LA ahead 65-62. About six minutes later, a hectic five-jam sequence saw Rocky and LA trade the lead, tie at 71-71, and then trade the lead once more. That ended with Rocky up 79-75; two jams later the third quarter ended at 79-78, still favoring Rocky.
The fourth quarter foulouts started hitting LA first, as V. Lee was gone after two jams. LA's Cris Affliction put her team in front with a 4-0 over Fiona Grapple, but Rocky's Amanda Jamitinya took 7-0 with the help of a 4-2 Rocky Mountain pack and Rocky Mountain was up 92-85 with about 10 minutes to play.
LA lost another player in Mickispeedia there, but LA won the next two and went up 95-92 with 8 to play. After a scoreless jam, Rocky Mountain suffered a major blow when DeRanged fouled out; Rocky wouldn't lead the game again.
That didn't mean they wouldn't almost win, though. With the score 103-96 LA and Rocky Mountain's Psycho Babble on an unopposed jam, she rolled through for a 7-0 that tied the game at 103-103 with 3:12 left -- though she fouled out, along with LA's Tough Soles, on that jam.
As it turned out, that was the first of four consecutive powerjams to end the game. Raven Seaward took 5-0 for LA next but ended in the box; Rocky Mountain's Amanda Jamitinya fouled out on that one. Next up, Fiona Grapple answered with a 5-0 of her own on powerjam, leaving the score at 108-108 with under a minute left on the clock -- and LA's Iron Maiven on her way to the locker room on a foulout.
It came down to LA's Chargin' Tina unopposed on the jammer line facing a 3-3 pack, with one point essentially worth $10,000. She carefully waited for her moment on the opening pass and then blasted through the inside corner to make it through on her scoring pass -- and wisely waited out the clock rather than going for more. As soon as the period clock hit 0, she called it off and began the celebrating for LA, who got both the purse and revenge on the first WFTDA team that had managed to best them on the bank.