No mistake this time

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

LONDON, Ont. -- No one would blame her if Kelly Scott had used her fate at the Olympic trials final as motivation to win the Scott Tournament of Hearts.

After all, because of her last-rock miss, her B.C. squad surrendered the winning three points to Alberta's eventual Olympic bronze medallist Shannon Kleibrink.

And Scott has been the most dominant team here this week. Her foursome won two more games at the John Labatt Centre yesterday to clinch top spot at 9-2 and a berth in today's noon Page playoff one-two match versus Nova Scotia's Colleen Jones.

Confidence

"First place, how about that?" exclaimed Scott, who gets both the hammer and choice of rocks. "Being in the one-two is huge and finishing first with hammer and everything is just great. We have such a level of confidence starting out the game with last rock that we're pretty excited about that. We're on, we're feeling good. Like, bring it on, let's go. This is going to be a good battle."

Scott, who defeated Team Canada's Jennifer Jones 7-5 and Alberta's Cathy King 8-4, has continually denied using the trials disappointment as her inspiration here.

"We haven't really thought about it a lot," said B.C. second Sasha Carter, a transplanted Manitoban. "The beginning of February when the Olympics started, we all had a bit of melancholy to us because we were over it but then, it was right there in our faces again."

Scott, 28, just chalked it up to a learning experience.

"We had such a good week at the trials, despite the outcome," said Scott, who was introduced to the game by Manitoba third Jill Thurston. "We have no bad memories of that event. Just to get to come here and do it again in the same season was a thrill for us. And we're performing how we did there so, that's even better.

"We're a young team, we're playing the game for fun and the love of the game and that can't stop with the outcome of one game. So, we're still playing, we're the same team we were back in December before that final game and if anything, it taught us a really good lesson. As long as you can learn from mistakes and learn from various outcomes of games, that's only going to make you stronger."

The Scott winner will get about $23,000, a berth into the Canada Cup and, if it medals at the world championship, a spot in the Continental Cup.

Colleen Jones finished second at 8-3 despite losing her last game to Quebec's Eve Belisle 8-6.

"Yeah, that feels great," Jones said. "I kind of like where we're at. It's sniffing like familiar territory."

Team Canada's Jones also finished at 8-3 but was dropped to third by virtue of her round-robin loss to Nova Scotia. Team Canada will play tonight's three-four playoff match against the winner of this morning's tiebreaker between Belisle and Newfoundland's Heather Strong, who also finished 7-4.


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