Kelowna skip Scott urges on sweepers Sasha Carter (left) and Jeanna Schraeder during the second draw of the Olympic pre-trials Wednesday in Kitchener.

Kelowna skip Scott urges on sweepers Sasha Carter (left) and Jeanna Schraeder during the second draw of the Olympic pre-trials Wednesday in Kitchener.

Kelowna’s Scott wins first two at Olympic pre-trials

A pair of 6-5 wins has Kelly Scott off to good start in Kitchener

In a rematch of the 2005 Canadian curling trials final, Kelowna’s Kelly Scott scored one in the 10th end to edge Calgary’s Shannon Kleibrink 6-5 Wednesday in the fourth draw at the 2013 Capital One Road to the Roar.

It was Scott’s second straight win at the Olympic pre-trials in Kitchener after a victory over Cathy Auld Tuesday in the opening draw.

Scott was scheduled to play Thunder Bay’s Krista McCarville Wednesday night in the A-event semifinal.

Twelve teams are competing for the final two women’s spots in the 2013 Tim Hortons Roar of the Rings, the final stage of Olympic trials.

In a tight game between Kleibrink and Scott, both teams battled for control on swingy ice.

“That was a tricky spot, and if you didn’t get on it, it was gone,” said Scott about her steal in the sixth when Kleibrink couldn’t get around the front guards.

Tied after nine, Scott was able to put the game away with an open hit.

“We felt somewhat in control (when) we got our deuce and stole the one, but it’s so close and you’re never in the clear,” she said. “We did feel in control with last rock in the last end. It was definitely a conscious effort to try to have hammer coming home.”

Scott, with her team of Jeanna Schraeder, Sasha Carter, Sarah Wazney and coach Brent Giles remained in the A-Event with two wins.

“It kind of feels like a continuation of the Kingston Scotties last year,” she said. “We ended that on such a positive note that it feels great to be out in the arena setting again and really having fun out there.”

On the men’s side, John Morris’ rink, along with Vernon’s Jim Cotter and Ty Griffith and Rick Sawatsky of Kelowna played Greg Baldson Wednesday night in the A-event semifinal.

 

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