ST. JOHN'S -- A Saskatchewan team hasn't won the Canadian women's curling championship since 1997, when Sandra Schmirler captured her third title. But Stefanie Lawton of Saskatoon is making the right moves to get her province back on top.
The 24-year-old skip is 3-0 after beating Kelly Scott of B.C. 8-5 during yesterday's afternoon draw at the Scott Tournament of Hearts.
"We've been playing fairly strong and we just need to keep at it," said Lawton, who beat Alberta's Cathy King and Quebec's Brenda Nicholls on Saturday.
"The girls are shooting great, throwing very well. If we just keep at that, things will work out for themselves."
Lawton, the winner of the 2000 national junior championship, stole three in the second end yesterday and seemed to be in control after taking another triple in the sixth for an 8-2 lead.
But Scott got back into it, stealing singles in the eighth and ninth.
Lawton needed to make a tricky double kill on her final shot in the ninth to limit B.C.'s steal to just a single.
"You have to make all your shots, or else it's going to be tough to keep that lead," said Lawton, whose third is younger sister Marliese Miller, the 2003 Canadian and world junior champ.
This tournament has already seen a couple of games end with dramatic finishes after one of the teams got down early.
On Saturday, Newfoundland's Heather Strong trailed 5-1 after five ends to Manitoba's Jennifer Jones, but fought back to tie it before losing 7-5.
And Sandy Comeau from New Brunswick staged an improbable comeback on Saturday night against Rebecca Jean MacPhee of P.E.I.
Down 6-1 after six ends, Comeau stole three points in the 10th for an 8-7 win.
Lawton and Manitoba's Jennifer Jones share the lead at 3-0.