Hanna sweeps into contention

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:21 AM ET

All week long, Jenn Hanna and her teammates have been searching for what they call their "A-game."

Yesterday, they found it.

Hanna and teammates Pascale Letendre, Dawn Askin and Stephanie Hanna swept their games during yesterday's draw of the Ontario Scott Tournament of Hearts --they've now won three straight --and have scraped their way into playoff contention.

They delivered an outstanding performance under pressure during last night's draw against front-runner Krista Scharf of Thunder Bay, scoring four in the ninth during a 9-4 victory at the Rideau Curling Club.

"Jenn played lights out. She didn't miss a shot the whole game, and that's difficult to compete with," said Scharf, who suffered her second loss of the tournament and shares the lead with Thornhill's Chrissy Cadorin at 6-2.

Scharf and Cadorin meet today in the final draw of the round-robin in a showdown for first place.

Hanna, who dropped Sutton's Kathy Brown 6-3 in the afternoon draw, made an outstanding angle-raise takeout with her first shot of the ninth, setting up her team's big end and the win.

A large cheering section for Hanna whooped it up when she made the shot, and unleashed another roar when she made an easy takeout on her final shot of the ninth that clinched the win.

"I heard it," said a beaming Hanna, whose team stands at 4-4.

"It's nice to be out on the ice and feel like you're being chased," said the 25-year-old skip from Kanata. "All week in the games that we've lost, we've been the ones chasing."

Hanna needs a win this afternoon in her final round-robin game against Kim Moore of St. Catharines and also must see either Brantford's Jo-Ann Rizzo or Uxbridge's Janet McGhee lose their game in order to get a chance at the playoff round.

Rizzo meets the Soo's Elaine Uhryn and McGhee faces off against Thunder Bay's Tara George this afternoon.

Also in playoff contention is Brown (4-4), who stayed in the hunt with an 8-6 win over George.

Hanna began the tournament with two straight losses and had only a single win after the second day.

But after dropping to 1-4 with a loss to Rizzo on Wednesday, she has rebounded with three straight wins.

"At the start of the week, I was starting to think, 'Man, it would be really nice just to get a win on the board.' That's not a very good feeling," said Hanna. "But after being down that many games and playing at home in front of a bunch of people we know, it shows a lot of character."

Meanwhile, Cadorin broke a two-game losing skid, rebounding from an early deficit to beat Sudbury's Dawn Schwar 7-6.

The winner of today's match between Cadorin and Scharf will clinch first. The Page playoff system is in use at the provincials.

"I guarantee it's going to be a good game," said Scharf. "Both teams are going to want it and it's going to be a fight."


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