Jenn Hanna needs to win the rest of her games at the Ontario Scott Tournament of Hearts and get some help from other teams to qualify for the playoffs.
The Ottawa Curling Club skip staved off elimination last night by beating Sudbury's Dawn Schwar 9-3 to complete the third day of competition with a 2-4 record.
Earlier, Hanna dropped a 7-3 decision to Jo-Ann Rizzo of Brantford.
Hanna has three games remaining in the round-robin at the Rideau Curling Club.
"We know if we win the rest of our games, there's a decent chance of a tiebreaker," said Hanna, who can finish no better than 5-4. "But for me, that's still looking pretty far away. That's a lot of wins away, and it can be discouraging to look at it that way.
"We're just going to play to our ability and see what happens."
TWO TIED AT TOP
Thunder Bay's Krista Scharf and Thornhill's Chrissy Cadorin share the lead in the 10-team round-robin with 5-1 records.
Kathy Brown of Sutton handed Cadorin her first loss of the tournament last night, stealing a point in the 10th for a 6-4 victory.
"We have her number, luckily," said Brown, who has beaten Cadorin three times this season. "We've always had good games against her."
Brown won both her games yesterday -- she stole the extra end to down the Soo's Elaine Uhryn in the morning draw -- to stay alive at 3-3.
Scharf beat clubmate Tara George 7-0 in the morning draw and finished the day with a 9-1 victory over Rizzo.
"We have been curling well," said Scharf. "We can't look that far ahead because it's a long week."
Janet McGhee of Uxbridge is alone in second at 4-2 after losing 7-6 to Uhryn in an extra end last night.
Kim Moore of St. Catharines and Rizzo also are at 3-3.