Lawton team left looking to 2014

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 8:53 PM ET

There was a lot on the line for Lawton.

Go big or go home was easier said than done for Saskatoon’s Stefanie Lawton, who fell 7-4 to Krista McCarville, of Thunder Bay, Ont., in Friday’s morning tiebreaker.

Giving up a four-point end in the fifth sealed Lawton’s fate and eliminated her from contention in the Roar of the Rings Canadian Curling Trials.

“I thought that we curled decent from the start, we just gave up a bad end in five,” Lawton said. “We were just not playing that well to get back from it.”

It was an opportunity lost for a young Lawton team that is now forced to look ahead to 2014 for another shot at representing Canada in the Olympics.

“Our team is a strong team, we’ve grown a lot in the past three years and we’re definitely going to be working hard and taking each year one step at a time,” Lawton said. “It’s going to be a tough battle and stuff but we’ll be good.”

For a while, at least, they’ll be left pondering one bad end.

“You know you can’t give up four in a game and she made a great shot,” Lawton said. “Our last shot, it would have been better if I wouldn’t have thrown it really. It was not a good shot where we ended up putting it but that’s the way that it goes sometimes. You don’t see it and they make a great shot on you.”

But as great as it turned out, it didn’t help McCarville mentally.

“It is tough when you get a big end because your nerves are a little bit more rattled,” McCarville said. “Obviously it’s do or die so in the fifth end you get the four, but you’re also really nervous because you’ve got to keep that lead and it’s tough on this ice because it’s curling ice and it’s a tough team.”

A tough team McCarville has beaten twice this week after coming away with a 6-5 victory in the third draw of the round-robin.

“Our team had a good game and that’s what we needed to play them again. I think this was our best game so far,” McCarville said.

But that wasn’t the case for her opponents Friday.

“We just weren’t sharp out there,” Lawton said. “You want to bring your best game and it’s disappointing because we didn’t bring our best game (Friday) and that’s the unfortunate part about it.”

Now the Lawton rink must refocus on a run at provincials in Saskatchewan.

“We’ve got lots of time to refocus and get back at it,” Lawton said. “Our team is curling great, we work so well together I don’t think it’s ever going to be a problem playing at the provincials.

“You work hard and you keep going at it and you never know what good things can come.”

TEAM SPIRIT? Former Lawton lead Chelsey Bell, who parted ways with the team in 2007, was in Friday night’s semifinal with her current team of Shannon Kleibrink.

Asked whether Lawton would be cheering her old teammate on Friday, all the skip offered was: “I don’t know.”


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