'One win away'

STEVE GREEN -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 11:14 AM ET

Third a year ago at the Scott Tournament of Hearts in St. John's.

Second last December at the Olympic trials in Halifax.

First at this year's Hearts? Kelly Scott will find out tomorrow.

Moving up the podium with each stop farther west, Scott and her B.C. rink of Jeanna Schraeder, Sasha Carter and Renee Simons moved into the Hearts final with a thrilling 6-5 win over Colleen Jones in their 1-2 Page playoff game yesterday at the John Labatt Centre.

Scott gets a day off to await the winner of today's semifinal (1 p.m., CBC), which pits Nova Scotia against the Jennifer Jones rink of Team Canada, which downed Eve Belisle of Quebec 10-4 in the 3-4 game last night.

"We're in the final. We're one win away,'' Scott said, beaming. "We've scrapped our way through the round-robin and won a huge game against one of the best teams ever.

"We're not going to hold back now.

"This was a game of made shots, not missed shots. It had taps, hit-and-rolls, great draws. It was great for the sport of women's curling. Given the situation and the hype, it was a fun game to play in.

"We had a little trouble getting things going in the first five ends because Colleen was a little conservative, but the last five ends were more like what you'll probably see (tomorrow).''

The game livened up immensely in the latter five ends with a number of outstanding shots.

Jones made a terrific draw to the button for two in the ninth to tie it. In the 10th, Scott's excellent long inturn raise left Jones a tough

outturn raise pickout, which she narrowly missed. Scott didn't need her last shot.

She said she felt confident playing the long raise.

"We knew exactly where to hit it. We'd played a few hits down that side earlier, so now you just come back to your process -- how hard do you want to kick out, that kind of thing."

"it looked good all the way down, but you never truly know until all the rocks stop.''

Jones wasn't upset by the loss.

"It was hard to look back and say we could have done this or that differently. There were just a lot of big shots."

If the 1-2 game was one of the best of the week, the 3-4 tilt was over early as Team Canada scored three with last rock in the first and added four in the third as the Quebecers struggled.

"We knew we'd turn it up a notch,'' said Jennifer Jones. "We got a set of rocks we really liked and we knew where to put the broom. We'd been struggling with that, but we're happier now we know what we're throwing.

"The stats (for the week) show I was struggling, but I must have rubbed about 20 guards. I get them by and it's a different story. Tonight we got them by."

And Quebec didn't. Missed draws by Belisle helped set up the opening three and Belisle's rub off a tight guard gave the Team Canada skip the hit for four.

"Nothing was rolling our way. We were just missing by that much," Belisle said, her thumb and forefinger almost touching. "Or we'd be rubbing the guard or they'd be getting by by that much.

"The ice was really different tonight," added Belisle, who beat Heather Strong of Newfoundland and Labrador 8-2 in a morning tiebreaker. "I don't know if it was because we were playing different rocks, but it curled more even though we were on the same sheet. We just got fooled into taking the same broom as this morning. I wish I could have given you a better game. It's too bad it had to happen at the quarters of the Scott, but this will just motivate us to get back here.''

The tiebreaker loss was frustrating for Strong, who could have wrapped up second place Thursday night, but lost to Ontario's Krista Scharf.

"I was focused on today's game, but it probably took me to two in the morning to switch gears and an 8:30 game comes pretty quickly. We emptied the emotional gas tank trying to get second."


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