Manitoba rolling on ice

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 2:01 PM ET

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. -- First, she went to the masseuse to get the kink out her neck and that seemed to help get the kinks out of her game.

Manitoba's Jennifer Jones suddenly transformed from a club-level curler to the one once capable of winning Canada in less than 24 hours.

Jones out-scored her opponents 20-5 in 14 ends as she improved to 4-1 and third place at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts yesterday.

"It was just good that we came out and played good from the start to the finish, which we didn't do the other day," Jones said after battering New Brunswick's Sandy Comeau 12-3 in seven ends at the Enmax Centre. "So, we're happy with that and I thought we got better with each game and that was our goal.

"It's always nice to have a couple of quick games just because it's a long week but we just wanted to play well (yesterday)."

NEEDED TO PRACTISE

The night before, both Jones and third Cathy Overton-Clapham decided they needed to practise -- not long after both Jones and second Jill Officer had their massages. Jones then shot 91% and Overton-Clapham 95% as Manitoba pounded Newfoundland's Heather Strong 8-2 in the morning.

"Cathy and I came out and threw some rocks (Sunday) night and we felt a lot better," Jones said after the Newfoundland victory. "That made a big difference for us. And the ice is more consistent. I thought the ice was very good (yesterday) and it's getting more consistent with each draw."

Veteran lead Janet Arnott figures the Buffalo gals were slow out of the starting hack because neither Jones nor Overton-Clapham could get a feel for draws.

"You're constantly second-guessing things trying to figure it out and once you do, you're good to go," she said. "Two games like that should definitely help us out. Regardless of whether it was even an extra end, it's nice to be able to have that draw weight in your pocket now and that confidence."

After dropping her opener to Saskatchewan's Jan Betker, Jones has now won four straight, even if she did not look like a world-beater in winning the first two of those.

"We just had a hard time getting used to the ice the first couple of days," Jones said. "It was a little straighter than we thought it might be. It's curling more now and we're more comfortable with it."

Jones, however, has yet to beat a team with a winning record here.

"We can still get better," she warned. "We want to be more precise. We played well (yesterday) but the teams we played probably didn't play as well as they could, and we were pretty fortunate."

As for the kinks?

"I feel great," she assured.

Manitoba plays P.E.I. and B.C. today.

BITER: With a 10-0 lead over New Brunswick, Arnott was asked whether they had considered inserting fifth Kristen Williamson just to give her a little taste of Hearts action. "Kristen's a great player and we'd have no qualms at all about putting her into the lineup but I don't know who would want to come out," Arnott replied. "We'd literally have to be in for an appendectomy or something to be pulled out of the lineup."


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