Saturday night featured more derby action from the Windy City Rollers at the UIC Pavillion. The first match of the double-header had the Windy City Roller’s Second Wind taking on the Ohio Roller Girls, who brought a mix of their A and B team players. While the match may have been the opening act for the night, it definitely played like a headliner, going down to to the last jam to determine the winner.
The Second Wind got out of the gate early, jumping ahead to a 35-14 lead in the 11th jam. From there though it got really interesting as the Roller Girls started a scoring run and tied it up at 36 a few jams later. From there Second Wind pulled back ahead to finish the first half at 64-40.
The second half though saw the Roller Girls continuing to chip away at Second Wind’s lead and then finally take control leading by 14 points, 121-107 as the clock wound down towards the two minute mark. At this point, all the Roller Girls had to do was get lead jammer and then run down the clock, but Windy City refused to surrender. The Second Wind got lead jam, scored another 5 points, and then once more for another 3, bringing them within one grand slam of tying it up.
Unfortunately for the Second Wind, they had to go to the well one too many times and weren’t able to get lead jammer again. Ohio ran down the clock with a final score of 116-121.