Jones downs teammate in hotshots

Team Canada skip Jennifer Jones faced her team's third -- Kaitlyn Lawes -- in the hotshots final....

Team Canada skip Jennifer Jones faced her team's third -- Kaitlyn Lawes -- in the hotshots final. (QMI Agency file/Amber Bracken)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:23 PM ET

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. -- Maybe it's a statement to the rest of the field.

Or maybe it's nothing more than a silly shot-making competition that means nothing in the big picture.

Take what you will from it, but there were two members of the defending champion Jennifer Jones team — Jones herself and third Kaitlyn Lawes — in the final of the hotshots competition as the Scotties Tournament of Hearts got out of the hack Saturday.

"It doesn't say a whole lot," Jones said. "The competition is completely different."

That's one thing coming from a three-time defending champ, four-time winner, overall.

But reaching the final, where all eyes are trained on your sheet, your shots, might have been the perfect way to break the ice with Lawes, the 22-year-old who's under no small amount of pressure trying to fill the shoes vacated by Cathy Overton-Clapham.

"I know," Jones said. "She's been playing great. What a great way for her to start the Scotties. She had so much fun."

And felt a few nerves, too, it turns out, as she was one of eight qualifiers on Friday, then survived Saturday's cut to four, before reaching the final along with her skip.

"I kind of didn't until the final four," Lawes said of feeling butterflies. "Once it got down to four, I was like, 'Oh, I can actually maybe get something here.'"

Jones won, but that definitely didn't matter, as Team Canada always agrees beforehand to share the spoils, which in this case turned out to be a two-year lease on a new car (first prize) and $2,000 (second prize).

Worth even more might be the confidence it gave this group's Scotties rookie.

"In the past people have won the car and it doesn't really mean anything," Lawes said. "But it's great to get extra shots. I'm calming my nerves a bit for (the) game."

Canada opens against Quebec in Saturday's evening draw.


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