Defending champs back on top

JIM BENDER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:26 AM ET

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. -- The 'Little Ball of Fire' rebounded from her only loss in a big way, then stood tall to make a bold statement.

Team Canada's Kelly Scott bounced back from a Monday night loss to B.C.'s Kelley Law to win both of her Scotties Tournament of Hearts matches and move into the penthouse with a 6-1 record.

"We said after that (morning) game, that was a big win just to get on a little bit of a roll again," said Scott, who clipped Ontario's Krista Scharf 8-7 in an extra end at the Enmax Centre. "And to come out today with two wins is huge."

And so would coming out of this week with two straight Canadian curling crowns.

"It would be a great privilege to kind of make your mark on women's curling and women's curling history that way," said the Manitoba native who now lives in B.C. "We know it's possible. We've got the one under our belts and we want to get back to the second one. Back-to-back is really what we're looking at right now."

And Scott's squad is inching back to where it was at last year's nationals.

"Little by little, you just kind of bring in that margin of error and the shots get more and more precise," said Scott, who also clobbered Yukon/NWT's Kerry Koe 9-2. "We're not there yet but we're building towards that ... We're confident it will come. Right now, we're playing good enough to win so, that's what we like and, for ourselves, we want to fine-tune it even more."

SIGNALLING: Ontario skip Krista Scharf lost her voice yelling over top of the music in the Heartstop Lounge earlier this week but her team was well-prepared for such an eventuality. Because lead Lorraine Lang is deaf in one ear, Scharf was already using hand signals to direct sweeping.

"We have to be very careful with using hand signals with Lorraine so, she can look up to see what's going on," revealed Ontario third Tara George. "Now, she's putting that to good use for all of us. This (Scharf losing her voice) has happened a few times to us this year."

Actually, Lang once made the others plug one ear just to see that it is like for her.

"We like to bug her about (her deafness)," George said. "So, one game we played, she had all of us put earplugs into one ear. We had to play the entire game that way, which is a source of amusement for her because we all talked a little bit louder and had to yell at each other to hear everything."

BITERS: TSN's Cathy Gauthier has been playing hurt, so to speak, this week as she was rear-ended by a bus in Winnipeg just a few days before arriving here. She has had a sore neck since ... TSN has delayed the start of tonight's draw to 8:30 p.m. (Winnipeg time) due to a conflicting hockey game ... Attendance through the first 10 draws here was 32,441.


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