Steadiness propels McCarville into semis

CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 8:44 PM ET

Krista McCarville has made an art form of scoring four at the Roar.

The Thunder Bay skip crawled into Friday’s semifinal against 2006 Olympic bronze medallist Shannon Kleibrink showing a knack to scoring a knockout punch with a big end.

First, she lay down a four-ender in the fifth to score a 7-4 win over Stefanie Lawton in a morning tiebreaker.

Then, she hung on for a 7-6 extra-end win over Amber Holland in the second tiebreaker.

McCarville did not have to throw her last rock in the second game as Holland threw her last draw a bit deep.

“Yeah, I like those four-enders,” said McCarville. “Hopefully, another one comes our way (Saturday).”

With McCarville’s two-month old baby girl Isabella sleeping soundly, McCarville delivered her team to heights the team had previously been unable to reach.

Keep the number four in mind. That’s the number of games McCarville would have to win to represent Canada at the Vancouver Olympics — two tiebreakers, a semi and a final.

A three-time Scotties rep for Ontario, McCarville made a tiebreaker in 2007, only to lose to Cheryl Bernard, the top women’s team here.

“The adrenaline’s running so it will keep us going until the end of next game,” said McCarville. “Then hopefully, we can have a good sleep and play (Sunday).”

McCarville’s team finished second-last in team percentages, not that far in a women’s group that has been pretty evenly bunched.

After losing 5-4 to Holland on Wednesday night, they won their final game against Crystal Webster to crawl into the tiebreaker round.

They certainly haven’t been a dominant force, more a steady team that has managed to come through and made the shots it needed to make at the right time.

“We’ve been playing better and better every game, which is a good thing building into the playoffs and now into the semifinal,” McCarville said. “I think we’ve curled our best two games Saturday.

“That’s a good thing. We’re reading the ice really well and shooting really good. We’re basically building.”

McCarville has played three games in a day before as she does get to the odd bonspiel even though her team curls in a relatively isolated place.

“Not with this kind of pressure,” said McCarville. “For me, the biggest challenge is mental. I’m not sweeping, so it’s not physical. Mentally, reading the ice, Plan B’s. What we’re going to do, what they’re going to do and that sort of thing.”

Heading into Friday’s semifinal, McCarville at least knows that she got through the tiebreaker round with an ability to put up the big ends.

“It obviously builds a lot of confidence in our team because we’re building those ends, making those last shots and it’s usually a big shot,” said McCarville. “So, yeah, it does bring a lot of confidence in me and with the team.”

McCarville executed a raise double with her first shot in the sixth end and kept the shooter around.

“I don’t think she really had too much,” said McCarville. “She had to make the freeze and kinda knew the spot. She was just a bit heavy and it didn’t curl for her, so I had a hit for four.”

There’s that number again.


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