Six-time champ Kelly Scott pulled all the right strings to get to the final of the 2016 B.C. women’s curling championship.
That’s where the magic ran out.
Karla Thompson, who played second for the Scott team last season, disposed of the Kelowna rink 11-3 in the final of the B.C. Scotties women’s final Sunday night in Coquitlam.
Thompson was in control from the outset, scoring deuces in the first, third and fourth ends for a 6-1 lead.
Another four points in the sixth end by Thompson effectively put the game away, as the Scott rink struggled throughout the game to catch on to the ice conditions.
After finishing the round robin in first place at 6-1, Scott, third Shannon Aleksic, second Jenna Loder, and lead Sarah Pyke lost a heartbreaker to Thompson in the 1-2 playoff game on Saturday.
The Kelowna team built up a seemingly insurmountable 7-0 lead, only to see Thompson roar back for an 11-10 win.
The Scott foursome bounced back in the semifinal to defeat Diane Gushulak 9-8 in an extra end, but couldn’t find the same form in the championship game.
Scott’s last B.C. title came in 2013, with Jeanna Schrader at third, Sasha Carter at second and Sarah (Wazney) Pyke playing lead.
Thompson now advances to a qualifying round with the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut for one berth to the national Scotties women’s curling championship next month in Grande Prairie, AB.