Thanks to building an early lead behind jammer Jennie Oetting, the Fort Wayne Derby Girls held on to beat the Derby City Roller Girls 133-125 on Saturday night at Memorial Coliseum. At one point, the Derby Girls led 110-88 before Derby City rallied, holding Fort Wayne scoreless for eight minutes of play, but the Derby Girls managed to extend the lead again behind the play of Tracie McBride.
"We faced penalties that really affected our point spread as the primary skaters penalized were our jammers," Derby Girls coach Amber O'Daniels said. "Yet, with all of the new faces and penalties, we still pulled out a win and managed to have fun. Any time we are successful at maintaining positive energy on the bench and having fun is a win to me, regardless of the score. I could not be prouder of the athletes on this team."
Behind a pair of 10-point runs by Oetting, the Derby Girls built a 26-5 early lead before Derby City rallied to within 28-27, and Fort Wayne led at halftime 73-65.
With a hot start, Derby City took the lead 77-73 early in the second half. Fort Wayne jammer Sierra Disch saw her first play 16 minutes into the second half, but quickly made two laps, scoring eight points, to push the score in Fort Wayne's favor 110-88. The lead was 126-106 with three minutes left. McBride finished the scoring in the final minute with seven points.
McBride and blocker Jennifer Wright were named Fort Wayne's top players for the bout, and Derby City's top players were Paris Gant and Shelley Palmen.
The junior varsity Fort Wayne Derby Brats also won, beating River City 355-123.
Fort Wayne's next home bout is April 2 against Killamazoo.