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580 RollerGirls fall in home opener

Lawton's 580 RollerGirls put up a good fight but fell to the visiting Mo-Kan Rollergirls in a Saturday night home bout.

580 lost to the Springfield, Mo.-based squad, 218-104 inside the Great Plains Coliseum. With a short squad and a lot of new skates among them, the Lawton squad is in the midst of a rebuilding year. Despite that, this was one of the closest bouts between the two teams and a cause for optimism, said spokesperson Marie Berberea, a.k.a. Molly Meet Your Maker.

"That means a lot considering the roster just from last season's game against Mo-Kan consisted of six different skaters," Berberea said. "The 580RollerGirls are used to high turnover being a part of a military community, but with more experience in the remaining vet skaters and a strong training group, the league continues to improve."

The inexperience of many of the 580 skaters showed against the aggressive Mo-Kan squad. Holding a 101-40 lead midway through the first half, the visitors pushed it to 122-64 at half. The RollerGirls made a push to clear the difference in the second half with jammer Scarlett Johachett putting together some impressive scoring jams but with 7 minutes left in the bout, a 100 point deficit would prove too difficult to overcome.

"It was great being able to have our new skaters out there against a hard-hitting team and holding their own," said team original Alicia Vernor, a.k.a. Kurvacious Pride. "We will continue to work on our defense and what to do when the other team plays offense against us."

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