Picture of perfection

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:53 AM ET

SOURIS -- Can anyone beat Lois Fowler? The way it looks right now, a mosquito would stand a better chance against a windshield on Highway 2. Fowler, who curls out of Brandon's Wheat City club, continued her domination yesterday at the Scott Tournament of Hearts provincial women's curling championship at Murray Arena.

The defending champ and No. 1 seed, who grew up just east of here in the hamlet of Carroll, beat Brandon's Liza Park 6-4 in the morning and Fort Rouge's Joelle Duguid 10-8 in the afternoon to improve to 6-0.

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That gave her first place in the Red Division and a spot in tonight's 1-1 Page playoff game at 7:45. The winner of that contest (Fowler's opponent won't be determined until today) goes directly to tomorrow's final.

Park, meanwhile, secured a spot in tonight's 2-2 playoff game when she stole two in the 10th end to defeat Fort Rouge's Janet Harvey 9-7 and improve to 5-1. The winner of the 2-2 game meets the 1-1 loser in tomorrow morning's semifinal.

Fowler is triply pleased because two local teams made the playoffs and her daughter, Rhonda Ritchie, plays second for Park, the eighth seed.

"Can't ask for anything better," Fowler gushed. "We're thrilled. ... They were both big victories, and it'll be wonderful for Souris and Westman to have two teams from Brandon in the playoffs."

Meanwhile, Brandon's Kristen Williamson and St. Vital's Jennifer Jones and Kristy Jenion, who all improved to 5-1 last night, will fight today for the two playoff spots in the Black Division. Jenion plays Fort Rouge's Barb Spencer, Jones battles Fort Rouge's Ainsley Champagne and Williamson meets Plumas' Terry Ursel.

If all three 5-1 teams are victorious, Jenion would get first place because her team won a skills competition, used for tiebreakers, prior to the event. Williamson and Jones would then meet in a tie-breaker this afternoon for second.

If two teams end up tied for first, head-to-head records would be used to determine first and second. Jenion beat Jones, Jones beat Williamson and Williamson beat Jenion.

Then again, it might not matter who comes out of the Black Division the way Fowler's playing. She has won 15 straight games at the Scott dating back to the start of last year's championship and will attempt to make it 16 in a row this morning in her final round-robin game against Fort Rouge's Janet Harvey.

The last team to win back-to-back Scotts, by the way, was Fort Rouge's Connie Laliberte in 1995.

"She's prepared to win another Scott," said Laliberte, who is here as a spectator. "Someone will have to play well to beat her."

Park, who actually lives in Deloraine, figures it might as well be her. She has gone through the Scott growing pains -- she was 3-4 in 2003 and 2-5 in 2004 -- and is ready to topple the province's reigning ice queen.

"Nobody can be perfect forever," Park said with a chuckle. "... We'll bring her down."

EXTRA END: Spencer, the No. 2 seed, began the event at 3-0, but three consecutive losses, punctuated by last night's 9-3 loss to Jones, knocked her out of contention.


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