The Cornfed Derby Dames (we can’t make this stuff up!) brought the heat, the elbows, the speed as well as the kitchen sink and threw it all at the Lake City Roller Dolls Saturday afternoon at Eastlake Skate Center. A 137-65 final score was as lopsided as it looked, but admittedly from the Dolls, it could have been much, much worse.
“Honestly, with this score differential, I’m happy with it,” stated Mouthy Magpie. “It could have been 300-5 with the way they played at times. They are on a winning streak, and we did what we could but couldn’t keep up with their very good jammers. I’m happy with the way we held them when we did.”
The Derby Dames, originating from Muncie, roared out to a huge lead after the first four jams and never looked back, grabbing a 76-21 lead at the half on the shellshocked, yet understaffed Dolls, missing several cogs of its offense to injuries suffered in the summer offseason.
Not having its top two jammers, Flew The Coop was forced into duty, and while somewhat successful on her maiden mission in the position, couldn’t match the quickness and precision of Dames’ speedster OCDiva. Coop was just happy to have all her systems in order following the bout.
“It was pretty thrilling being out there trying to get through the pack,” Coop said. “My blockers did a good job letting me get through, but their team is tough. They hit a lot, and I’m sure I will feel it in the morning.”
The Roller Dolls, which will have a scrimmage against South Bend in September, an October bout in Lafayette, then the big one, a home bout on Nov. 10 against Circle City, which is part of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. The Roller Dolls need to gain bouts against WFTDA teams to advance to the ‘big leagues.’
But when faced with teams like the Derby Dames, Lake City knows it needs to clean up its routine, and get some of those injuries taken care of in short order.
“The Cornfed team is a good team and they really played well tonight,” said coach Shawn of the Dead. “This is the best we have played against them, the most points we have scored on them and the least amount of points the have scored against us. So it shows we are getting better. We have a lot of work to do, but we are getting better.”