DALLAS, TX – The #5 Atlanta Rollergirls certainly did not want to find themselves in the 2pm game Sunday, but after suffering a heartbreaking 2-point loss to #4 Minnesota, the Dirty South found themselves matched up against #11 Houston Roller Derby. The rankings spread on this game was huge; Atlanta came in as the #13 team in the WFTDA, and Houston #36, so the game was predicted to be a blowout, but Houston did not just roll over for the Georgians, although lost 323-143.
DALLAS, TX – The first day of D1 Playoffs in Dallas had already had a close #8 seed/#9 seed game followed by a #10 seed upset over the #7 team. The first quarter of this game, it looked like #11 seed Houston was going to take charge right away and exploit the missteps of #6 Queen City. However, once the Buffalo, New York team found their groove, they were able to start laying on multi-pass scoring jams and pull the score away.
While Houston did better overall with penalties, Queen City’s lead status percentage, especially the 68.2% in the second half, helped them win more of the quick, hit it and quit it jams. Each team was able to control the other’s higher scorers, but other jammers emerged to pick up necessary points. Ultimately, Queen City got more than twice the amount of points than Houston in the second half, confirming their 195-104 victory.