February 25, 2012
Scott advances to Sunday final
By Con Griwkowsky, QMI Agency
EDMONTON - First the ordeal, now the well-deserved rest.
With Team Canada out of the way, it was the turn of the skips who have won the previous six Scotties to step into the spotlight.
Advantage, Kelly Scott.
The personable B.C. skip, who won this event in 2006-07, advanced to Sunday’s Scotties final with a convincing 7-5 win over four-time winner Jennifer Jones of Manitoba.
Scott gave a double fist-pump and a wide smile as her winning draw hit the button and send her into her first Scotties final since 2007.
“It feels so good,” said Scott. “It’s right where we want to be. It’s been a few years since we’ve been in this position, but it somehow feels like yesterday. We’re embracing it. We’re loving it.”
A steal of two in the fifth end paved the way for Scott’s win.
A confident Jones, who came into Friday’s 1-2 Page Playoff game riding a six-game winning streak, went for it all with her last shot in the fifth.
Scott had tempted Jones by leaving her a chance to remove some of the three B.C. rocks in the house. But the attempt was wide and the shooter drifted harmlessly away, giving Scott a 5-2 lead.
“Our team came to play today,” said Scott. “We had our game faces on, great focus, great concentration and we were ready to play. We knew all the 10 ends were like that. We were fortunate to get that steal of two, yeah, but I’m very happy with our performance.”
As much as it was Scott’s night, third Sasha Carter did her bit in the eighth with a game-saving run-through double.
“All-star,” said Scott. “When I had Jeanna (Schraeder) as my third, she was my all-star. Sasha is now playing up to that level and I’m very proud of her.
“Her sitting out in the middle of the week, she missed an opportunity she worked hard for and she’s going to make up for it now.”
Scott had struggled during the week when Carter missed two days with the flu.
“Kelly asked me, ‘Do you need another IV?’ and I said I think I’m OK,” said Carter. “It’s just so much fun to go out there when you have nothing to lose. It’s just go out there and play.”
Scott’s win avenged her extra-end round-robin loss in which Jones stole the winning points.
Jones drops down to Saturday’s semifinal game where she’ll face the winner of the 3-4 game between Alberta’s Heather Nedohin and Quebec’s Marie-France Larouche.
Jones did not get the all-star-level performances from her supporting cast, making it difficult for her to mount a comeback.
“We played better in the second half,” said Jones. “It’s never a bad thing to be on the ice. We get to be on the ice, we get to play and it’s fun.
“If you win, you’ve got some momentum heading into the final.”
Jones was unsure whether the runthrough triple was makeable, but was hoping to at least cut Scott down.
“We kinda gave up a tough steal of two,” said Jones. “It didn’t work out that end.
“You had to hit it hard and hope for the best. I could have made the double, but the triple was hard. If you make the double, you probably get one. It ran just a little bit straighter and I probably gave it too much ice.”