ALTONA, Man. - Not even a 24-hour break could cool down Chelsea Carey and company.
Although tie-breakers caused the 1 vs. 1 page playoff game to be bumped back from Saturday night to Sunday morning, Carey and her Morden rink of Kristy Jenion, Kristen Foster and Lindsay Titherirdge remained perfect as they earned a 7-6 victory over Cathy Overton-Clapham of Fort Rouge to earn a spot in Sundayís 4 p.m. final of the 2011 Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
ďWe were a little uptight early, but we settled in. Hopefully, itís the same thing in the final,Ē said Carey, who went 7-0 in the round robin and is the lone unbeaten team in the event. ďItís a lot of deep breaths and try to stay as calm as you can. The team is playing great. My theory has always been that if you get to the final in any bonspiel is that you keep doing what youíve been doing. I believe that fate has a lot to do with finals. You keep doing the same thing and just hope that itís your turn. You canít change your game plan.
ďTry to stay as calm as you can, make as many shots as you can and if itís meant to go your way, it will. And if itís not, it wonít.Ē
Carey has now beaten Overton-Clapham five consecutive times this season, but sheíll have to beat her once more if she wants to capture her first provincial title.
Overton-Clapham, who is looking to advance to her fourth consecutive national Scotties, rebounded from her morning loss with a 7-3 victory over Karen Rosser of Springfield in the semi-final.
With a 2-1 edge after three, Overton-Clapham stole one in the fourth and another two in the fifth to take control.
In the morning draw, Rosser survived an extra end to defeat Kerri Einarson of Fort Rouge 7-6 in the 2 vs. 2 game.
Einarson was in strong position to score a pair in the 10th, but Rosser made a clutch draw with her final stone to hold Einarson to one. Rosser, the 2001 Scotties champion, then scored one in the extra end to advance to the provincial final for the fourth time in her career.
The winner of the championship final will represent Manitoba at the national Scotties in Charlottetown, P.E.I. from Feb. 19 to 27.