Kelly Scott rink into playoffs at Scotties
In a battle of former Canadian champs, Kelowna's Kelly Scott will take on Manitoba's Jennifer Jones Friday night in the 1-2 Page playoff game at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Red Deer.
The winner will advance to Sunday's final at the Canadian women's curling championship while the loser will play in Saturday's semifinal.
Jones topped the round robin with a 9-2 record, while Scott finished second at 8-3.
Quebec and Alberta will meet Saturday morning in the 3-4 game, with the loser being eliminated.
Scott, third Sasha Carter, second and vice-skip Dailene Sivertson and lead Jacquie Armstrong wrapped up round robin play Thursday night with a 7-6 win over New Brunswick.
The Kelowna rink struggled with the flu all week, with Carter missing two games, but the B.C. champs still found a way to persevere.
“I think this was great for the entire team,” Scott said on curling.ca. “I think it was great for (rookie) Dailene to see that we’re capable of that and that’s what we expect from ourselves. It great for us to prove to ourselves that all the hours we put in practising this game are worth it and that’s why we do it.
“We can smell it now," she added. "We’re close."
Scott said her team played well but also got the breaks when needed.
"We’ve had a lot of last-rock wins," Scott said. "We’ve had things going our way. A few measures going our way. Those are things you need to get through a tournament like this.”
Scott and Carter are making her seventh appearances at the Scotties.
The Kelowna team won the Canadian title in 2006 and 2007.