Though the final score was disappointing, the loss was still a victory for CLTRG. Close counts in horseshoes, hand grenades and WFTDA rankings – so the tight score actually allowed the Charlotte team to move up nationally.
The first half was high energy and fast-paced. Charlotte showed a strong defense, shutting down the opposing jammer while All-Star jammers gradually built up points on the scoreboard. Charlotte headed to the locker room at halftime with smiles on their faces and a lead of 76 to Garden State’s 54.
New Jersey came out with a vengeance in the second half and jammer penalties let New Jersey close the score gap. It was a neck-and-neck battle and the crowd was on the edge of their seats in the last few minutes of the bout, when Charlotte brought the score to a close 122-131. The All-Stars managed to gain seven more points by the last jam, but Garden State took lead and called it off for the win and a final score of 129-131.
Both teams joined together to celebrate the challenging game and joke about cultural differences between the North and South. Bashionista took home the MVP skater award and the whole team took home great memories.