WARSAW – When Bone City needed someone to shine, it looked no further than its Diamond.
The speedy jammer Diamond stole some huge points at the end of the first half, then helped Bone City run away from Third Alarm from Indianapolis in the second half of a 172-73 roller derby victory Saturday night at the Bone Yard.
With the clock melting away in the first half, Naptown chose to call a timeout with four seconds left on the clock to try to steal a few points before intermission. Trailing 61-33, Naptown’s intentions backfired as Diamond broke through the blocking and grabbed eight points for Bone City, sending the home side to a 69-35 lead at the break.
That 8-2 swing at the half turned into a blowout in the second half. Side Pocket and B-Squared added 27 of a 29-1 Rollers run to open the second half. A few minutes later, Diamond bobbed and weaved her way through traffic to the tune of a 16-point rollup, At 114-41, Bone City was securely in command.
“I didn’t pay attention to the point total, we just were out there having fun,” said Diamond, who finished with 30 points on the jam. “That’s what I’m paying attention to. As far as those points, I didn’t realize it at the time that I was scoring them like that, but it goes to us as a team doing the work. We were vibin’.”
Kickin Ash and Side Pocket both had big nights as well, posting 41 points each while B-Squared finished with 36 points. Birthday girl Unraveled Kaos added 20 points.
A hard-nosed first half saw Third Alarm score on only nine attempts, the highest output a nine-point run by Blazin’ Blitz to gave Naptown its 33rd point. Bone City allowed just 13 Third Alarm points through the first 13 jams. City defender AK Rolling 7 and her wrecking crew were on it, according to the team captain.
“We just controlled their pack speed,” AK said. “We saw them trying to rally a little bit, but we controlled the pace, especially in the second half. It comes back to motivation, and Diamond and (Unraveled) Kaos both got out there on the track. They were out there in the second half, it got us in sync and helped our defense buckle down and keep them from scoring more than two or three points at a time while we were racking up points.”
Proceeds from the bout will be donated to American Greyhound’s local chapter, helping bring good dogs to loving homes. Some of the greyhounds were on site Saturday night, making as many fans as the derby girls did.
“Today we just wanted to help the American Greyhound group as much as possible, and collect food for the local animal shelters,” AK said. “We have posters up letting people know what we are doing with volunteering in the community. We have one more home match in September, but we’ll continue to work in the community and continue to get better.”