Not much came easy for Kelly Scott at the B.C. Scotties women’s curling championship in Cloverdale.
That’s what made the Kelowna rink’s fourth provincial victory since 2005 one of the most rewarding yet.
After losing twice to Kelley Law—once in the round robin and again in the first round of the playoffs—the Scott team delivered the goods when it counted most, beating Law and her Royal City foursome 5-3 in Sunday afternoon’s final.
“The week was a grind right from the start,” an upbeat Scott said on Monday. “We had close games all the way, there was no time where we could coast so that really kept us on our toes.
“Kelley (Law) had beat us twice going into the final, but with all those tight games we had, I think we were pretty calm going into the playoffs. It was a really good win for us, so we’re pretty happy to be going back to the Scotties.”
Scott posted a 7-2 record in the round robin, with several of those games going right down to the final rock. Then in the 1-2 Page playoff game Friday, Law disposed of Scott handily 9-2.
Still, the seasoned Kelowna foursome was able to regroup for a 7-4 win over Victoria’s Roselyn Craig in the semifinal, then put forth a steady and confident effort in the final against Law.
“We’ve worked through some things this season and we put it all together to be as mentally tough as we can be,” she said. “We enjoy having those kinds of challenges and we seemed to thrive on those close games. We never lost the fact that we have to fight hard to the final rock, no matter what, and that’s what we did.”
Scott said that same fight will be imperative next month as the Kelowna rink heads for its sixth Scotties Tournament of Hearts national championship in the last seven years.
The 2011 tournament , hosted by Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, will be the Kelowna rink’s first trip to the Maritimes since 2005 and its first ever to PEI.
“Any event you go to out east is just a hoot,” said Scott. “We’ve never played in PEI so we’re very excited about that. Our main goal all year was to get to Charlottetown, and to get there is very satisfying.”
With the national championship slated for Feb. 19 to 27, it comes less than two months before second Sasha Carter and is expecting her first child.
Scott said the team’s search for a fifth player is under way, one who will provide insurance and support for Carter as she approaches the latter stages of her pregnancy.
“We have to make a decision in the next few days on how we’re going to move ahead,” said Scott. “It’s going to be Sasha’s choice, her decision of how much she wants to play at Scotties. It’s a grueling week and we don’t want it wearing her down too much. But it’s entirely up to her how she wants to handle that.
“Sasha played like a superstar at provincials,” added Scott. “She really came to play and was great for us.”
The Scott rink has now won B.C. titles in 2005, 2006, 2010 and 2011.
The Kelowna curlers are also the 2006 and 2007 Canadian champions and the 2007 world champs.