Quebec skip ends on high note

BARRE CAMPBELL -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:42 AM ET

Quebec skip Brenda Nicholls had a tough Scott with a record of 4-7, but finished the tournament yesterday with a 9-7 win over Team Canada's Colleen Jones in the afternoon draw.

"It just shows that we can do it, and it feels good right now because we were pretty much in the dumps," said Nicholls, who curls out of Ste-Foy in suburban Quebec City.

"We were having bad luck and we were trying to play our best, but it just wasn't coming. And now, it just finishes the week off great."

The win was Quebec's third straight.

ON THE HIGHLIGHT REEL: Ontario's Jenn Hanna was unaware yesterday that her spectacular shot to beat Saskatchewan's Stefanie Lawton on Wednesday night had been shown repeatedly on TV sports highlight packages into yesterday morning.

"Awesome," she said. "It was a fun day (Wednesday) and ending it that way and having it be on TV was kind of cool."

LOCAL CHATTER: Many relatives of the Hanna sisters and their teammates have been arriving on the Rock to lend support.

One of the most vocal is Erin Dittburner, a cousin of Jenn and Stephanie Hanna, from Shawville.

Dittburner began a chant during yesterday afternoon's win over Cathy King of Alberta that had fans in one section clapping, stomping and making all sorts of noise.

HIGH PRAISE: King, who won the 1998 Scott final by beating Anne Merklinger of Ottawa, raved about Hanna's performance in yesterday afternoon's game.

"There's not much you can do when you come up against someone who is absolutely on fire," she said.

Later, King added: "She made triples, she made run-backs, she made everything. We needed to stop the one-man wrecking crew out there, but she was not going to be stopped."


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