Rotten luck for B.C. squad at Scotties

CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:20 AM ET

RED DEER, ALTA. - Sometimes the curling gods can be cruel.

Like when a rock picks at just the wrong time.

That’s what happened to B.C. skip Kelly Scott.

She got in the hack for her last shot in the fourth end of the Scotties final.

But before it got there, the rock suddenly changed direction. Scott got a piece of Heather Nedohin’s shot rock, but after her shooter sailed away, the only rock left was Nedohin’s.

That steal was the second straight, giving Nedohin a 3-1 lead.

“That was the two-point swing,” said Scott. “We would have got a point and instead they got a point and that was the end. They were two up coming home.”

In a game where Scott started with the last-rock advantage, it proved to be a devastating blow her rink would be unable to recover from.

“It’s disappointing that we didn’t bring our best, that’s for sure,” said Scott. “We couldn’t get anything going. They way out-curled us that game. We came in saying let the best team win and that was them (Sunday), for sure.”

Nedohin also stole the second, when she covered the button and left Scott with a low-percentage 12-foot angle raise.

This is the first time Scott, a two-time winner of this event, has lost the final.

“We have not lost a final since our very first provincial final in 2004,” said Scott. “We’ve won every provincial final, every Scotties final, every world final. What goes around comes around in this game. You just have to put yourself in enough finals and hopefully win your fair share.”

The loss puts and end to what could have been a storybook finish from a team that lost its third Sasha Carter for two days with the flu bug that had been running through this entire field.

“We’re very disappointed in how we came to play (Sunday),” said Scott. “We were pleased we got ourselves in this position, battling throughout the week. You can’t say they were a better team or we were a better team. It came down to who played better (Sunday) and that was them.”

Still, Scott was unable to beat Nedohin this week — losing both in the round robin and in the final.

Scott knows she was beaten by a better team on Sunday but has no doubts that the Nedohin crew will represent Canada well at Lethbridge next month.

And, even though Scott is now out, you get the sense she’ll be one of Nedohin’s biggest supporter.

“I think they’re playing lights-out,” said Scott. “Worlds are only a month away, in their home province. They’re a solid team, lead to skip. They’re a great drawing team, a great hitting team.

“I think they’ll be very solid.”

con.griwkowsky@sunmedia.ca


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