Scott ahead after battle of the top teams

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January 17, 2013 (ISN) – The leaderboard was tied at the top going into day four of the 2013 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, but it was never going to stay that way.

Defending champion Kelly Scott, from the Kelowna Curling Club, and Patti Knezevic, from the Prince George Golf and Curling Club, both went into Thursday’s 11am draws with 5-1 records.

Scott’s rink of Third Jeanna Schraeder, Second Sasha Carter and Lead Sarah Wazney lost their first game on Wednesday night, falling 9-7 to Allison MacInnes’s Abbotsford team (Third Grace MacInnes, Second Diane Gushulak and Lead Jacalyn Brown).

The Kelowna team said they had struggled with weight judgement.

Knezevic, meanwhile, was 4-1 going into yesterday’s evening draw, and pulled off a win against Simone Groundwater, of Williams Lake Curling Club, to match Scott’s 5-1 record. Knezevic’s team features Third Kristen Fewster, Second Jen Rusnell, Lead Rhonda Camozzi and Fifth Falon Burkitt. Groundwater features Third Laura Ball and Lead Cindy Brady. Second Heather Beatty is filling in for Mallory Sandhu.

But the two top teams couldn’t keep their identical standings because they went up against each other at the Cloverdale Curling Club in Surrey today.

Scott scored deuces in the third and fifth ends, putting pressure on Knezevic to put points on the board. But despite stealing a point in the seventh end and taking another point in the eighth end, Knezevic was unable to match Scott’s scoring. The game ended 6-4.

In other games, 2009 champion Marla Mallett (Third Kelly Shimizu, Second Shannon Ward, Lead Barb Zbeetnoff, Fifth Danielle Callens) beat Team Groundwater in a close game. Groundwater started very well, scoring three points in the first end, but Mallett came back and the game was tied going into the final end. Mallett drew the final rock for a single point to take the game 7-6.

Team Fox, from the Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster, made of Kirsten Fox, Third Kristen Recksiedler, Second Trysta Vandale and Lead Dawn Suliak, won their fourth game, beating Team Brosseau 8-5. Team Brosseau, from Juan De Fuca Curling Club in Victoria, had started well, scoring three in the first end, but Fox was able to get back into the game with a deuce in the second and fifth ends, and single points in the sixth, seventh and eighth ends. Team Brosseau has Fourth Sarah Wark, Second Kim McLandress and Lead Janelle Erwin.

Team Kuhn, from the Vernon Curling Club, skipped by Roberta Kuhn, lost their seventh game to Team Richter. The game was a close affair until the seventh end, when Richter took three points. Team Kuhn, with Karla Thompson as Third, Michelle Ramsay as Second and Christen Wilson as Lead, elected to end the game after the ninth end with the score at 9-6.

Team Richter(4-3), from the Royal City Curling Club in New Westminster, made up of Skip Marilou Richter, Third Darah Provencal , Second Jessie Sanderson and Lead Sandra Comadina, face Team Groundwater this evening.

The evening’s draws start at 6:30pm. Visit www.playdowns.com/curlbc for up-to-date results.

The 2013 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western, continues tomorrow and wraps up on Sunday. Saturday’s 5:30pm semi-final and Sunday’s 2pm final will be televised on Shaw TV.

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