B.C.'s little dynamo prevails

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:51 AM ET

LONDON, Ont. -- The diminutive dynamo dashed the dreams of her former Manitoba teammate and became a Canadian champion.

B.C.'s Kelly Scott cracked a three in the third end to take a 4-1 lead, then desperately hung on for an 8-6 victory over Team Canada's Jennifer Jones in the Scott Tournament of Hearts final before 6,674 witnesses at the John Labatt Centre yesterday.

Scott, who once played junior with Jones, simply took advantage of a myriad of Canadian mistakes early in the match to take a 5-1 lead. But Jones battled back, forcing Scott to throw her last rock for the win.

"It feels pretty darn good," said Scott, who lost the Canadian Curling Trials final to Alberta's Shannon Kleibrink in Halifax. "I guess you have to lose to learn how to win and I'm so proud of my team.

"(This) can't erase it. It's memory that we'll always have but we have a good memory of Halifax. This is an even better memory."

After surrendering a steal in the fourth, Jones cracked a deuce in the fifth, forced Scott to take one in the sixth, but allowed another steal in the seventh when her draw against two was short. Jones then got another two in eight, a steal in nine but her attempted draw to sit two in the 10th picked. That allowed Scott a pick for the victory.

"It was dicey," said Scott, 28. "It was a sloppy game out there and it could have gone either way. We had the luck two months later (after the trials final).

"It's a little bit surreal right now to tell you the truth but it's pretty wild."

Jones was gracious in defeat.

"We battled back and got a couple of bad breaks in that game," she said. "But they played great and they will be great representatives for Canada."

But Jones suggested there may have been a different outcome if her last rock had not picked out of her hand.

"It is too bad because, if we get another one in there, it puts a lot of pressure on her to make a good draw and the ice was getting a little bit frosty," she said. "So, it was a little unfortunate. Bad break, the curling gods weren't with us.

"We had five picks. I'm not sure why it was dirty. It's unfortunate, you don't want to lose a game that way. But she made a great shot to win."

Supported by third Jeanna Schraeder, 29, second Sasha Carter, 31 and Renee Simons, 33, Scott will represent Canada at the women's world championship in Grande Prairie, Alta., Mar. 18-26.

Carter, 31, had gone to the junior worlds with Scott in 1995.

"Isn't that crazy?" gushed the Ashern native. "She and I are just such good friends. We spend time together on the ice off the ice and it's just so special to do it with her and these other girls."

Carter had family back in Manitoba cheering for her.

"My grandparents, I'm sure, were nervous sitting on the couch watching," Carter said. "And I hear that my dad had some friends over to his house. My sister's in Winnipeg and I'm sure they were all glued to the TV and cheering and sweeping on that last shot."

Scott also earns a total of about $23,000, a berth in the 2007 Canada Cup and if she medals at the worlds, a Continental Cup spot.

BITER: London celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Scott by drawing a total of 105,065 fans, the third most ever, passing Brandon's 1993 mark.


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