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Tahoe Derby Dames regroup, beat Redding Roller Girls in first bout

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Employing their strongest defensive strategies, the Tahoe Derby Dames went head to head against the Redding Roller Girls this past weekend in Redding, Calif. With Tahoe boasting one of its strongest lineups, including new skaters Bren “Whiskey Wheels” Tate, Alice “Malice N Chains” Cheatham and Kyla “Kylanator” Long, it promised to be an action packed bout. And it did not disappoint.

The Tahoe Derby Dames started the bout with their star lineup. Positional blocking, hard hits and fast skating were the order of the day as each team tried to outscore and outplay the other.

Despite Tahoe’s defensive tactics, Redding was ahead by 29 points by the end of the first half. Regrouping, the Tahoe Derby Dames returned from the half-time break strong and focused for the remaining 30 minute half, employing fast jammers and stronger blocking tactics. The Dames rebounded quickly to take the lead in the last 10 minutes only to lose it by a few points before the last jam. With Redding’s point-scoring jammer in the box, Tahoe had the opportunity to take a power jam, and with strong blocking from Tahoe, Kyla “Kylanator” Long scored enough points to ensure Tahoe’s win, 94-88.

“It was a huge win and sets a precedent for the season,” said Coach Jack Hammer. “I’m so proud of the team and the collective effort they put in to battle back and take it in the last jam. It was an incredible bout, one of the biggest wins for the Tahoe Derby Dames, and the highlight of my derby career.”

It was a sweet victory for Tahoe, but the Tahoe Derby Dames are not resting on their laurels. They are practicing hard for their next bout, to be played April 9 in Chico, Calif. against the NorCal Roller Girls.

For those looking to catch some exciting roller derby action with the Tahoe Derby Dames and not able to travel be sure to attend the Winter Wonderslam Scrimmage at Kahle Community Center on Friday, March 25. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Steven Rose, a Tahoe local and friend of the Dames who is battling cancer. Doors open at 7 pm and skating starts at 8 pm. Admission is $5 and kids under 5 get in free.

For more information visit http://www.laketahoederbydames.com.

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