Looking for Santos' little helpers

ANGELA MACISAAC -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:53 AM ET

LETHBRIDGE -- Deb Santos' fate lies in everyone else's hands now. After posting back-to-back wins at the Alberta Scott Tournament of Hearts, the Edmonton skip improved her record to 2-3 and hoped for some good fortune.

"Finger-crossing never hurts," she said, following yesterday's commanding 8-1 win over fellow Edmontonian Cindy Serna.

But, with an 0-3 start, the best the four-time provincial champ can hope for is the right teams to lose a couple of games so she can squeak into a tiebreaker this afternoon.

It's a strange position for a rink that's been in the provincial final the last two years, losing in 2004 to Calgary's Shannon Kleibrink and winning in '03.

"We're curling better now," Santos said, "and we're getting the Ws. We just have to keep trying and let the cards fall where they fall may and see if we have a chance at the end of it."

The rocks were curling in Santos' favour against Serna -- just as they were in an 8-0 shellacking of Grande Prairie's Renee Sonnenberg Thursday. In the fifth end, Santos was up 5-1 and sat two rocks that were well protected.

Serna couldn't get through the port, instead crashing on a guard and gave up the steal which effectively ended the game.

But Serna didn't give up until after the next end when Santos stole another single.

"I think we were on the wrong side of the inch," Santos said. "Now, for some reason, we're on the right side.

"We're just getting a better feel for the ice and putting them in the right spot."

Santos faced Calgary's Diane Foster, a 1-4 rink, before preparing for 0-5 Jodi Busche of Fort St. John in the final draw this morning.

Her third, Jackie-Rae Greening, was praying for help to get into a 2 p.m. tiebreaker.

"Hopefully, the Kokanee gods will help us a little," Greening said, chuckling. "You know, we started off with some really tough teams with (Cathy) King, Kleibrink and (Renelle) Bryden. We weren't quite sharp to start and you can't not be sharp when you're playing teams of that calibre."

The Santos crew, which includes second Brenda Bohmer and lead Kate Horne, has turned a corner, though, Greening noted.

"We're playing a lot better," she said. "We're very sharp right now but you hate to be in the position where you have to win the rest of them.

"Because of us, our fate is not in our hands. It's up to other people now."


Videos

Photos