Scott has lots of Heart

Kelly Scott celebrates scoring with the last rock of the 10th end to win the Scott Tournament of...

Kelly Scott celebrates scoring with the last rock of the 10th end to win the Scott Tournament of Hearts yesterday at the JLC. Scott's B.C. rink beat Jennifer Jones of Team Canada. (London Free Press/Mike Hensen)

STEVE GREEN -- London Free Press

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This year, the Scott Tournament of Hearts was really Scott's Tournament of Hearts.

B.C.'s Kelly Scott made a gutsy hit and stay with the last rock of the game to dethrone defending Canadian women's curling champion Jennifer Jones 8-6 in a high-tension final yesterday at the John Labatt Centre.

The win sends Scott to the world women's championship March 18-26 in Grande Prairie, Alta., and she'll be back in the Wild Rose Province as Team Canada for the 2007 Hearts in Lethbridge.

And she finally vanquished the ghosts of an 0-2 finish in the 2005 Hearts in St. John's and a runner-up finish at last December's Olympic trials.

"It feels a little bit surreal right now," she said before being rushed back onto the ice for the closing ceremonies.

Afterward, she said she wouldn't want to lose the memory of what happened at the trials as it made her team that much tougher this week.

"Sure we missed out at the end, but we learned so much that it is hard to have hard feelings," she said. "We proved then how good we are. This championship was up for grabs and we played well to win it."

In the final end, Jones was lying one partially buried in the four-foot. After a time out to deliberate, Scott, the 1995 Canadian junior women's champ, flashed a pickout attempt. But she got a second chance when Jones' last-rock draw attempt to the four-foot picked up something and barely made it over the hog line.

There was no mistake on Scott's final stone, with the shooter sticking around for the insurance point.

"I had a bit of a practice shot the rocks before," she laughed. "I trusted it would run at that point, whereas it had been curling earlier in the game. I just threw it at the broom and knew it wasn't going to curl past that."

Scott looked firmly in control, leading 7-3 playing the eighth. But Jones got a much-needed deuce and then stole one in the ninth.

Jones' deuce was set up when B.C. lead Renee Simons came too deep with both of her shots. B.C. second Sasha Carter then rubbed a guard but then promoted a Team Ccanada stone in off the wing and onto the lid, frozen against Simons' two stones at the back of the four-foot.

"That was the worst break possible," Scott said. "We made that one perfectly for them, but we just had to shrug it off and say, 'We've got last rock coming home one up.'

"But Jennifer's is one of the best teams at manoeuvring points, so by no means was that lead safe."

B.C. topped the round-robin with a 9-2 record and were easily the most consistent team here over the eight days of play. Scott and third Jeanna Schraeder topped their positions in the round-robin stats, while Carter was No. 2 and Simons fourth at her spot.

"But that final probably wasn't one of our better games," said Scott, named the tournament MVP. "It was sloppy out there. Some crazy things happen in those situations and they had a few things work against them, too. All's fair, I guess."

Now she inherits the Maple Leaf Jones wore so well.

"We're fortunate to have played a lot of international teams at cashspiels, a lot of them that were at the Olympics or are going to the worlds, and we had a good record against them, so we have pretty good confidence going into Grande Prairie," Scott said.

"The target's on our back, but that's OK. We have high expectations of ourselves and we're going there to win."

Jones' last-rock pick -- it did right out of her hand, she said -- was indicative of the kind of luck she had.

"I put a second one in there and she's got a really tough draw," Jones said. "We had five rocks pick today and I'm not sure why the ice was so dirty. You don't want to lose a game like that, but then she made a great shot to win and she'll do well at the worlds.

"I'm pretty happy with the way we played here. We turned it on in the playoffs, but we just couldn't get anything going today and even when we did, we got a bad break.

"We fought hard, but it just wasn't our day. Representing Canada was the thrill of a lifetime and we didn't want it to end."

It was scant consolation, but Jones' double for four to cap her 10-4 semifinal win over Colleen Jones of Nova Scotia was named the shot of the tournament.


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