Rookie gets measured

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

THOMPSON -- Great Scott! A fresh young foursome from Smalltown, Man., came within a whisker of recording the upset of the young curling century.

Holly Scott of Gilbert Plains -- which has a population of about 1,000 -- lost a measure in the 10th end that gave the winning deuce to Fort Rouge's two-time provincial champion Barb Spencer on the opening draw of the Scott Tournament of Hearts yesterday.

With her final seconds ticking off the clock, Scott failed to make a double with her last brick and Spencer emerged the 7-6 victor.

Scott, 22, is skipping a "sisterhood of the curling pants" as one sister, Tara, 24, is at third while Jenna, 19, plays lead. Alicia Pierson, 21, is the second and her sister, Heather, is the fifth. Tara is the only Scott who had been to the Scott before.

"Obviously, they (Spencer) have a lot more experience than us but we're a good team," Holly Scott said. "We need the experience on the little things -- like my last shot. I was calling them on and just getting antsy."

But she was not that antsy about skipping in her first women's provincials.

"My goal was to win at least one game. But we played well so, I can't really ask any more than that."

Scott then came crashing down to Earth as St. Vital's Karen Porritt humbled her 12-3.

FIVE CROWNS? Brandon's Lois Fowler is seeking her fifth Manitoba Scott title in what could be one of her last legitimate cracks at winning this week's Scott.

"It would be wonderful," Fowler said after stealing a 7-5 victory from Stonewall's Rhonda Varnes. "I'd really love to fill my necklace with the fourth diamond, for sure. This is Scott Paper's 25th (anniversary) and this would be a unique event to go to. And as you know, I'm getting on up there. I'm also in seniors so, it would be just wonderful to win it one more time."

RELIEVED: Chelsea Carey, Spencer's third, was relieved to get her inaugural Scott match under her belt.

"Oh, it was nerve-wracking at first," said Carey. "I've played in the junior provincials so the whole round-robin format is familiar. But what's different is playing in an arena where you can hear the people and that kind of thing. So, I was a little nervous but once I started, I didn't even notice. It was a blast."


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