BALTIMORE, MD — The Speed Regime and Night Terrors won last season’s award for the Best Rivalry in the Charm City home season, and even though the two teams came into their Saturday night bout at the bottom of the local rankings, their sixth faceoff did not disappoint in the least. After a closely matched first half that ended with the Speed Regime clinging to a two-point lead, the Night Terrors stormed back in the second half to take control and post yet another comeback win over their nemisisters, 77-63.
Neither team was able to establish any sort of momentum in a low-scoring first half.The bout opened on a 3-1 jam for the Terrors’ Psycho78 over the Regime’s Bambi’s Revenge, but the Regime’s Stormin’ Mormon managed to tie it up by claiming lead jammer and a 2-0 win over Minnie Piledriver, leaving the score at 3-3 after two jams.
The Regime took the lead on the following jam as Pistol Whip got a razor-thin 4-3 win over Rosie the Rioter, but they’d spend the rest of the half fighting to hold onto that lead. On jam 5, they did get a stellar debut jam from new addition Just Carol, who dropped an 8-3 win in her first trip to the jammer line as a Charm City skater over Radar Love and gave the Regime a 19 to 12 lead with about 13 minutes left in the first half.
That 7 point margin was the most daylight the Regime could open in that half, though. The Terrors stayed right on their heels throughout the half and managed to grab a tiny 29-28 lead with about 4 minutes left in the period, as the Terrors defense shut down Regime jammer Just Carol and gave Minnie Piledriver the opportunity to grab a 5-0 jam. The Regime’s Stormin’ Mormon got the lead back for her team with a 3-0 on the half’s last scoring jam as opposing jammer Rosie the Rioter had to sit a spell in the penalty box, leaving the score at Speed Regime 31, Night Terrors 29 at the intermission.
The Regime opened big in the second half, getting three lead jams in a row as Bambi’s Revenge got a 5-0 over the Terrors’ Psycho78 when Psycho went to the box. Psycho would redeem herself on the next jam, though, busting out of the box to claim a 4-1 win over Just Carol and putting the score at Speed Regime 37, Night Terrors 33.
A followup 4-0 for the Regime’s Buzz Kill over the Terrors’ Minnie Piledriver gave the Regime their biggest lead of the bout at Regime 41, Terrors 33 with about 15 minutes to go, but right about then the momentum took a big swing in the Terrors’ favor as their defensive game tightened up.
Rosie the Rioter got two grand slams on opponent Bambi’s Revenge in a 10-3 jam for the Terrors that got them to within one point at 44-43, and then, in a pivotal jam 5, Terrors pivot Frenzy Lohan bottled up Regime jammer Just Carol at the front of the pack with some timely positional blocking that that gave Terrors jammer Radar Love enough time to catch up and claim lead, and the Terrors blockers enough time to swarm up and re-engage Carol. With Just Carol buried in a sea of blue blockers, Radar put down a 9-0 jam that gave the Terrors a 52-44 lead.
On the following jam, the speed of Terrors jammer Psycho78 combined with sturdy offensive blocking from her pack allowed her to literally run circles around the Regime defense in the biggest jam of the game — a 13-0 over Stormin’ Mormon — and suddenly the Terrors had gone on a 32-3 run over just three jams. With about 8 minutes left to go in the bout, the Terrors owned the first sizable lead of the contest, 65-44.
Two jams later, Terrors jammer Radar Love put the final nail in the Regime’s coffin, getting a grand slam lap on Stormin’ Mormon, picking up 4 points on her following pass, and then sucking critical time off the clock by waiting until a tired Stormin’ was just about to start her first scoring pass before calling it off for a 9-0 jam win. The score was 77-48 in favor of the Terrors with only about 4 minutes left to play, and while Bambi’s Revenge tore up the track for 15 points over the final two jams (she ended the penultimate jam in the penalty box) while the Regime defense didn’t allow another Terrors point, there wasn’t enough time for the Regime to get back in the game.
The Terrors’ four-girl jammer attack was quite balanced. Radar Love and Psycho78 led the scoring, as Radar put up 24 points on 5 jams, while Psycho got 22 points on 6 jams Rosie the Rioter contributed 19 points on 6 jams, while Minnie Piledriver put up 12 points on 6 jams.
For the Speed Regime, it was a five-jammer rotation. Rookie sensation Bambi’s Revenge continued to lead her team’s scoring with 26 points on six jams. Buzz Kill had 11 points on 3 jams, Just Carol got 9 points on 5 jams in her debut, Stormin’ Mormon got 9 points on 5 jams, and Pistol Whip picked up 8 points on three jams. Rebel Yellow jammed once in a scoreless tie against Psycho78.
The Charm City local season picks up again on September 13 in the semifinals. The 1-2 Night Terrors rematch with the Junkyard Dolls, while the winless Speed Regime has their work cut out for them, facing the undefeated Mobtown Mods.
Additional reporting: Johnny Zebra
Reposted from Justice Feelgood Marshall’s recap.