The upcoming TCRG season hasn’t officially started, but you couldn’t tell after last weekend’s pressure cooker of a preseason bout that saw the Faster Pussycats fight off a late-game surge by the Riot Girls for a 112-94 win.
The two teams must have missed each other on the off-season, because both squads quickly reacquainted themselves with some punishing hits right out of the gate. The rookies on both teams wasted no time introducing themselves, too, dishing it out just as well as they took it, in their first TCRG bout.
Although, she’s been battle-tested in the Chilliwack league, Evada Peron was a force every time she was on the track, starting with her first jam, where she captured lead jammer and picked up the first points of the bout.
Evada and the rest of the FPC jammers were able to get lead jammer for most of the first half, controlling the pace of the game, along with the scoreboard. Even though the Faster Pussycats never surrendered the lead, the two teams matched up pretty well against each other defensively, and the Riot Girls were able to make big plays when they needed to.
Riot Girls’ rookie The Golden Snitch capitalized on a power jam in one of the last jams of the first half, picking up 9 points. But there was still some catching-up to do, with the bout set at 62-37 at the end of the half.
The FPC blockers looked sharp in the third jam of the second half, with the pack trapping a Riot Girl, letting Lunattack pick up 9 points that gave her team a 80-46 lead.
But two jams later, the Riot Girls would strike back, with rookie Meanest Sly Trap providing an offensive spark, picking up 15 points on a power jam, slicing through the pack and deflecting hits. Four jams later, Sly Trap returned to execute on another power jam – this time picking up 13 points and taking her team one point away from tying it up, 84-83.
Nine jams later, with FPC at a 99-89 advantage, RG’s The Golden Snitch went on a 5-on-3 power jam, scooping up five points, and setting the stage for a potential game-changing final jam.
But it wasn’t meant to be. With rookie Justine TimberSkate up against Tiki TimeBomb, the veteran was able to slide out front first, picking up lead jammer as well as13 points in the final jam, shutting the door on the Riot Girls last efforts.