Jones feeling power at 4-0

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:17 AM ET

SOURIS -- Kristen Williamson is for real, and the Jennifer Jones rink couldn't be happier about it.

Williamson's Brandon squad stole a point in the 11th end yesterday to pull off an 8-7 upset of Fort Rouge's Barb Spencer, whose final stone in the extra frame stopped a few inches short of its target.

The result gave Williamson and No. 2-seed Spencer round-robin records of 3-1 after Day 2 of the Scott Tournament of Hearts provincial women's curling championship at Murray Arena.

It also put Jones, the No. 3 seed out of St. Vital, in a mighty powerful position -- in first place, all by herself, at 4-0.

"It's huge," Jones' lead Cathy Gauthier said. "It's absolutely huge.

"... The field's getting flat, so we're glad we're 4-0."

In the other pool, two Brandon rinks continued their dominance. Defending champ Lois Fowler, the No. 1 seed, and Liza Park both improved to 4-0. Fort Rouge's Janet Harvey is a game back at 3-1.

Yesterday, Jones dumped Williamson 9-5 and then needed four in the 10th end to dispatch of Swan River's Linda Stewart 8-4.

"At the beginning of the week, with all respect to Spencer, one of the teams that we were the most afraid of was Williamson," Gauthier said. "Coming through with that win was huge.

"And I'll tell you, (Williamson's) got a lot more wins in her."

Teams should also be on the lookout for Jones, whose squad is showing serious signs of heating up after a lacklustre cashspiel season.

"I really like what I'm seeing on the ice compared to the rest of the year," Gauthier said.

"So far we're playing well," Jones added, "but we'll need to play better (today)."

Spencer, the 2003 Scott champ, brushed off her extra-end miscue and blamed it on sticky ice. She will meet Jones, the 2002 provincial winner, tonight.

"We're not out of this thing by any means," Spencer said. "We're just going to come out (today) and hopefully win two games."

St. Vital's Kristy Jenion is tied with Williamson and Spencer at 3-1 and will play Jones this afternoon.

Williamson, who won the Manitoba junior women's title in 2002, is proud of the way her team bounced back against Spencer after the setback to Jones.

"We needed to walk away today with one win, for sure," she said.

Meanwhile, Fowler notched two in the 10th yesterday afternoon to edge Springfield's Karen Young 7-6 and then stole one in the 10th last night to upend Starbuck's Chris Scalena 6-5.

Park hammered Morden's Gwen Wooley 8-2 and dumped The Pas' Lois Mosiondz 8-3, but she's not exactly pleased.

"We're just playing well enough to win our games," Park said. "That's what's frustrating us right now."


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