Hanna alone on top

DONALD DUENCH -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:47 AM ET

MISSISSAUGA -- In curling, it's not a good idea to give your opponent a second chance at the same shot.

In that sense, Jenn Hanna was very fortunate last night at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts provincial women's curling championship.

Hanna, of the Ottawa Curling Club, improved to 6-0 and has clinched at least a spot in a tiebreaker with two wins yesterday, including a 6-5 victory over Sherry Middaugh of the Coldwater & District Curling Club last night. Middaugh is in fourth place at 4-2.

In the 10th end, Middaugh trailed by two but had last rock. With her first rock, she had a chance to make a double to get rid of the otherwise buried shot rock in the back eight foot. That failed, but when Hanna came in too deep on her final shot, another double attempt was there.

Middaugh knocked out one rock, but the buried rock couldn't be swept far enough to give Middaugh a second point.

"We got away with it," a relieved Hanna said.

"It was a routine shot, and we hate to miss it," Middaugh said.

INCREDIBLE SHOT

Hanna got out to an early lead, but could have found herself behind if she hadn't made a crucial shot with last rock in the seventh. With two Middaugh stones in the house, Hanna's rock almost curled too much, but just got around a guard to tap one stone back for her single point.

"She made an absolutely incredible shot," Middaugh said. "That was the turning point."

"I've got great sweepers," Hanna said of her second, sister Steph, and lead, Joelle Sabourin. "They made that shot."

One game behind Hanna at 5-1 are Alison Goring of the Bayview Golf & Country Club and Krista Scharf of the Fort Willliam Curling Club.

Goring has won five games in a row -- her loss was to Hanna in the first draw -- and hasn't had to go into the 10th end in any of her games so far.

However, she faces Middaugh and Scharf today. "We're going to have to play two good games, but it's in our hands," Goring said.

After four losses in a row, skip Jo-Ann Rizzo of the Brant Curling Club and her vice Julie Reddick switched roles for the evening game.

They lost again, 10-9 to Sara Harvey of the Unionville Curling Club, but Rizzo was happy with Reddick's skipping and will keep her in that position for the rest of the bonspiel. "She was born a skip," Rizzo said of her 23-year-old teammate, a former Ontario junior champion. "It's a matter of time."


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