Jones suffers setback

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:32 AM ET

HALIFAX -- Just when Buffalo gals looked like they were ready to lead the charge up the Citadel, they ran into a star of the future.

Manitoba's Jennifer Jones suffered an 8-5 setback to Saskatchewan's Stefanie Lawton in a Canadian Curling Trials game that was never really close at the Halifax Metro Centre last night.

Jones was called for a hogline violation in the first end, which allowed Lawton to steal two and take a 2-0 lead. Jones objected to the call and asked an official to test the offending rock but it was apparently OK.

"We got off to a little bit of a rough start and never really bounced back," a relatively subdued Jones admitted. "We were a little bit flat tonight but, coming into the day, we really wanted to split and we did. So, we're happy."

The loss snapped a three-game winning streak as Jones fell to 3-2 and a three-way tie for third place with Saskatchewan's Sherry Anderson and Ontario's Sherry Middaugh. Jones, who shot just 63%, likely needs to win three of her last four matches to reach the playoffs.

"We control our own destiny and you can't really ask for anything more than that," said Jones, who had downed Middaugh 11-8 earlier. "Hopefully, we play a bit sharper (today)."

Jones plays B.C.'s Kelly Scott, a former Manitoba junior women's teammate who is tied atop the standings with Lawton at 4-1.

"It feels good," said Lawton, who made a name for herself at last year's Scott Tournament of Hearts. "We're playing well so we just have to keep it up.

"It was a good one for us. (Jones) had the same record as us so it was good to give her another loss and us another win. It definitely makes a difference. You always want to add up the wins at the end if the week."

Scott blasted Middaugh 8-3.

"That feels good, that's the first time we've done that (won handily)," said Scott, who has already played three extra-end games. "We have a lot of work cut out for us. We'll take it and be happy with it and come out strong again tomorrow."

Switched positions

Although Nova Scotia's Colleen Jones shook up her lineup, she fell to 2-3 after Alberta's Shannon Kleibrink beat her 7-3. Third Kim Kelly and second Mary-Anne Arsenault switched positions. Although both shot 89%, Jones herself was at 63%.

"I liked what I saw out there but I had a bad game," said Jones, adding that she cannot afford to lose many more. "I think three (losses) gets you into the playoffs, maybe even four.

"I saw this happening to (Alberta's Randy) Ferbey, too and I wouldn't call that team dead yet. We're not dead yet, either. It's time to go to work and pick up the socks like we can. Yeah, it's time to pull up the tights."

Middaugh started the day at 3-0.

"You never expect to go undefeated in this," she said. "You're going to get a loss eventually. It's just how you recover from it."

Saskatchewan's Jan Betker, Ontario's Jo-Ann Rizzo and Kleibrink are tied with Jones at 2-3. Quebec's Marie-France Larouche remains winless.


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