Scott downs Jones for berth in final

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:44 AM ET

LONDON, Ont. -- A light blinked above her head at Citadel Hill in December.

B.C.'s Kelly Scott suddenly realized just how superior her team had become at the Canadian Curling Trials in Halifax.

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"Probably, the trials was the first time we proved to ourselves how good we were and we want to do it again," Scott said yesterday. "We went to Halifax hoping to win, and we could have won. And that's a good eye-opener for us.

"And we want to show everyone how good we are."

Scott's squad did just that when it nipped Nova Scotia's six-time Canadian champion Colleen Jones 6-5 in the Scott Tournament of Hearts Page playoff 1-vs.-2 contest before 5,234 fans at the John Labatt Centre yesterday.

Scott advances to tomorrow's 11:30 a.m final where she will have the hammer and choice of rocks.

"We're in the final, we're one game away," said Scott, 28. "We were like that a few months ago in December in Halifax and we know now what that feels like. We're thrilled to be in another final.

"That was a huge game for us to beat one of the best teams of all time and we can't ask for anything more than that."

In the amazing 10th end of the best game played this week, Jones made a difficult angle-raise tap to the button but Scott followed that with an excellent angle-raise takeout that Jones could not match.

"We had such a blast out there," said Scott, supported by third Jeanna Schraeder, second Sasha Carter and Renee Simon. "It was such a good game. It was a game of made shots, not missed shots. It was great for the sport of women's curling."

Jones concurred.

"You don't want to lose it, but we played great," she said. "It was a wonderful game. She made a fabulous shot. To lose on a high drama, it's not the funnest thing but when you do, you go, 'Oh well, we got our game, we know how to play and we're still alive for (today).' That's the advantage of the one-two game. You just have to kind of blow it off."

Jones will face the winner of last night's 3-vs.-4 playoff between Team Canada's Jennifer Jones and Quebec's Eve Belisle in today's noon semifinal.

Carter, who won the 1995 world junior crown out of Manitoba with Scott, suggested the foursome has never felt more self-assured.

"Coming home from the trials, even though we lost the final, we were pretty confident about the ability of our team," she said. "The expectations for ourselves got a little bit higher. Coming in here, it was, 'Yeah, let's prove that we can do that again and start another trials run.'"


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