Members of the North Country Lumber Jills celebrate following their win against the Twin City Riot Oct. 29.
It was the second time the North Country Lumber Jills faced the Twin City Riot and it was the second time they won.
The Lumber Jills defeated the team from Barre, Vt., 95 to 87 during the first home bout for the Lumber Jills at the City of Plattsburgh Recreation Center Oct. 29.
Erin McGill, captain of the Lumber Jills team, said she and her teammates were excited to host Twin City, a team which provided them with a challenge throughout the entire bout.
“The whole second half was intense,” said McGill, who goes by the derby name “Teachy McKill.” “It's when the score became extremely close and our team received a ton of penalties and were sent to the penalty box far too often.”
Jessica Drury, who was a primarily jammer during the bout, agreed the bout got more intense as it came to an end.
“The last couple minutes of this bout were extremely gripping,” said Drury, who goes by the derby name “Spec. Agt. Draina Skully.”
What kept the momentum going, she said was her team’s communication.
“Our team has really good communication skills, which is essential when making split-second decisions on the track,” said Drury. “Having blockers that are super good at communicating and stopping the other jammer helped us a ton.”
Jamie Cook, who helped the Lumber Jills skate to their win in the final minutes of the bout, said it was the “hard work and dedication in our practices” that netted them the win. What made it even more exciting, though, was the number of people who came out for the event.
“The crowd did surprise me,” said Cook, who’s known as “Khaos” on her team. “It really got me moving when I would hear the ‘Khaos’ chant.”
McGill said the win has helped the team look forward to their next bout even more.
“It feels great to have won both times we've played against Twin City, but this game was so close that we'll continue to practice and work hard so next time we play with fewer penalties and try to get the score a little higher,” said McGill.