OSWEGO — The Oz Roller Girls ran out of magic Saturday night, as Enchanted Mountain Derby’s Hellbilly Heartbreakers snapped Oswego’s three-game win streak with a 130-98 victory at Crisafulli Rink.
The Heartbreakers jumped out to a quick lead, their blocking game controlled play much of the match and Dali Dagger knifed through the pack for a game-high 69 points for the visitors.
Oz jammer Masso-Kiss-Tic Mandy continued her scoring roll with 36 points to lead the home team. A balanced attack saw Abbie Cadaver add 21 points, J-Rock-It 19, Certified Public Assassin 12 and Insane Assilem 10.
Sarah Pain-lin contributed 28 points and Lickety Split 17 for the Hellbilly Heartbreakers.
The Heartbreakers never trailed in the bout, as four points by Dali Dagger and nine by Sarah Pain-lin staked the visitors to a 13-4 lead after the first two jams. They built a 48-17 lead until Oz earned a nine-point jam by Certified Public Assassin to start chipping away at the advantage. Dali Dagger lodged a 14-point jam to put the Heartbreakers up 66-36, but two jams later Masso-Kiss-Tic Mandy responded with a 13-point effort to bring Oz back to within 70-53 to end the first half.
Masso-Kiss-Tic Mandy posted four points vs. Sarah Pain-lin’s three to draw Oz within 73-57 to start the half, but a nine-point jam by Enchanted Mountain’s Lickety Split slowed the Oz momentum. After Dali Dagger drove home eight points and Lickety Split added four to put the Heartbreakers up 95-68, Oz had to turn to an unorthodox strategy to counter.
Oz bench coach Von Diesel put Insane Assilem, normally a blocker, in at jammer, and Assilem muscled a 10-point jam to bring Oz back within striking distance at 95-78. The teams traded points until Abbie Cadaver busted loose for an eight-point jam, followed by four more from Masso-Kiss-Tic Mandy to draw Oz within 115-98.
But another fast, elusive jam by Dali Dagger cut off Oz’s last hope with a 15-point effort that put the Heartbreakers up 130-98. The home team battled to the end, but ultimately Enchanted Mountain’s size and strength, as well as the ability to grab lead jammer status and its ability to strategically call off the jam — to maximize their ability to score while minimizing opponent scoring chances — led to the victory.
High-scoring Dali Dagger earned MVP honors for the visitors, while blocker Medusa’s Might won the MVP trophy for Oz, who stand with a 3-2 record in the team’s first year.
In an intraleague bout between the Oz Roller Girls’ house teams, the Nukes of Hazzard topped the Port City Sirens 61-45.
The Oz Roller Girls return to action on June 25 when they travel to Cortland’s J.M. McDonald Sports Complex. Their next home bout will come August 27 when they host the Manch Vegas Roller Girls.
Between those two bouts, many Oz skaters will take part in the three-day Triple D Derby Down and Dirty during Harborfest weekend. The first-ever local roller derby tournament, July 29 to 31, will feature teams and skaters from across the state in three days of competition and fun at Crisafulli Rink.
For more information, visit ozrollergirls.com.