'Peggers prevail

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:19 AM ET

SOURIS -- Winnipeg teams reigned supreme against the locals last night at the Scott Tournament of Hearts provincial women's curling championship. St. Vital's red-hot Kristy Jenion stole two in the sixth end, another in the seventh and went on to beat defending champion Lois Fowler's Brandon team 5-2 in the 1-vs-1 Page playoff game.

That puts Jenion, 25, in her first provincial final today at 1:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, St. Vital's Jennifer Jones won her third game of the day, bouncing Brandon's Liza Park from the competition with a 7-6 victory in the 2-vs-2 game.

Fowler, the top seed, will meet Jones, the 2002 champ, in this morning's semifinal at 9:30.

Murray Arena was packed last night with almost 1,000 spectators, but the pro-Fowler and pro-Park crowds went home with sour tastes in its mouth.

Fowler was unbeatable for the first three days of the event, running her Scott winning streak, dating back to the beginning of last year's championship, to 15.

She suffered an 8-7, extra-end loss to Joelle Duguid in her round-robin finale yesterday morning, but it didn't matter. Unfortunately for her, last night's game did, and she looked mortal for the first time this week.

CAUGHT FIRE

Jenion, who didn't qualify for last year's Scott, caught fire after losing her opening game Wednesday to Brandon's Kristen Williamson and will ride a seven-game winning streak into today's final.

"It's going really well. What can you say?" Jenion said. "You lose your first game and you're at this point? It's really exciting. ... Hopefully we just keep it going for one more.

"It's a huge (win) because they're the hometown favourite and they are the defending champs and they did very well in the nationals last year. So it was an exciting win."

Jenion led 2-1 after five ends and took control in the sixth with the steal of two. Fowler somehow flashed a takeout attempt through a tight hole with her first rock and then tried a raise to the button with her last, but it missed its mark.

"The kids played well and we just didn't seem to get anything going," said Fowler, 50. "I told them we'd see them in the final. We've had a great run. We can't be down on ourselves."

Jones, along with Cathy Overton-Clapham, Jill Officer and Cathy Gauthier, probably slept well last night after a long day of action.

Jenion, Jones and Williamson all won their final round-robin games to finish atop the Black Division at 6-1, but Jenion, the sixth seed, was awarded first because her team won the pre-event skills competition that determines the order for tiebreakers.

Jones, the third seed, then put an end to the unseeded Williamson's surprising run with a 9-6 win in the tie-breaker for second. Williamson was looking good until the sixth, when Jones scored four to take a 7-5 lead.

The Manitoba Curling Association pushed last night's games back to 8 o'clock so Jones and Co. could catch their breath, and it must have helped.

Jones trailed 6-5 and had the hammer playing the 10th. Park's final stone was off just a bit, which gave Jones a draw attempt to the four-foot for two and the win.

She was dead on.

"If you can't draw to the four-foot, you can't skip," Jones said. "I made one on my first one, so I felt pretty good with the second one ... I'm pretty tired right now."

BITERS: The four seeded teams that missed the playoffs -- No. 2 Barb Spencer, No. 4 Duguid, No. 5 Harvey and No. 7 Ainsley Champagne -- finished with a combined round-robin record of 13-15.

Duguid, who lost to Fowler in last year's final, ended up 4-3.


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