Young guns on run

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:54 AM ET

HALIFAX -- She is a little fireball who once won the junior worlds out of Winnipeg.

And B.C.'s Kelly Scott has been sneaking up on opponents at the Canadian Curling Trials against some of the best women in the world.

Scott clobbered Manitoba's Jennifer Jones 9-4 at the Halifax Metro Centre yesterday to move into a two-way tie for top spot with Saskatchewan's Stefanie Lawton at 5-1.

"We came out and got the win we were looking for," said Scott (nee MacKenzie).

One more will likely mean a playoff spot.

"This thing isn't over until Saturday night and we're not here to just make playoffs, we're here to win the whole thing," she said. "So, to look ahead to playoffs right now is still a little too soon."

Scott and Jones were once junior teammates, then Scott beat her at the 1995 Canadian championship in a rather strange scenario that included two Manitoba teams.

"There's a rivalry but I think it's more a rivalry out of respect for each other," Scott said. "But it's something to be proud of -- the fact that we're playing each other here at this level now."

Lawton edged Ontario's Jo-Ann Rizzo 8-6.

"We don't really think about that first place), we just focus on each day," Lawton said. "But it is a good position to be in."

Ontario's Sherry Middaugh sits alone in third with a 4-2 record. Middaugh rebounded from an 0-2 day to knocked off Quebec's winless Marie-France Larouche 10-4. Jones, Saskatchewan's Sherry Anderson and Jan Betker and Alberta's Shannon Kleibrink are tied for fourth at 3-3.

Jones knocked down

Betker beat Nova Scotia's Colleen Jones 8-7 on a measure to knock her down to 2-4.

"I think four is definitely do-able but we need the miracle now but ya know, miracles happen," Jones said. "And there's still a lot of curling left to do.

"We're not packing it in yet."

WHEW! John Morris was breathing a sigh of relief over the misfortune of fellow Albertan Randy Ferbey, who lost his fourth game here yesterday and appears to be done.

"They're good friends of mine but considering our record against them, if we had a choice of who we want to meet in the final, it probably wouldn't be them," said Morris, who has been snakebitten versus Ferbey for years.

CUP CASH: The Strauss Herb Company is hoping to raise about $550 for each trials team here to defray their travel costs by donating portions of products sold the last 10 weeks. The two trials winners also get berths into this year's Strauss Canada Cup, to be played in Kamloops, B.C., Jan. 31-Feb. 5.

BITERS: When Nova Scotia's Shawn Adams nipped Ontario's Glenn Howard 11-10 in an extra end, it set the trials record for highest total score (21) ... Further to the timing of Canada's Olympic trials: Canadian Curling Association officials have suggested that they cannot be held after the world championships due to both venue availability and conflicts with hockey telecasts in spring. However, they could be held the previous December, a full 14 months ahead of time ... The M&M Meat Shops Skins Game, which was to include Manitoba's Jeff Stoughton later this month, has reportedly been cancelled due to lack of secondary sponsorship.


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