Team BC in Contention at Scotties

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February 22, 2013, (ISN) – Kelly Scott and her team of Jeanna Schraeder, Sasha Carter, Sarah Wazney and Diane Gushulak picked up their seventh win at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Kingston today.

Scott, of the Kelowna Curling Club, is assured of at least a tiebreaker game appearance after beating Kerry Galusha of Northwest Territories/Yukon 9-7 in the early draw. The 35-year-old’s Win-Loss record in the competition is now 7-3.

It follows on from an important win last night. When Draw 14 began on Thursday evening, B.C. and Saskatchewan were tied in the standings behind Manitoba, Ontario and Team Canada. By the end of Draw 14, Scott had secured fourth place.

Scott said Team BC was right where they wanted to be in the tournament after a “tough” start. “It’s all good,” she said with a smile.

In yesterday evening’s draw, the teams traded singles through the first two ends, keeping it close, but things fell apart for Saskatchewan in the third. The precision shooting of B.C. second Carter and third Schraeder, along with some unlucky Saskatchewan misses, left Scott with an open draw for four, and a 5-1 lead. Saskatchewan continued to put rocks in play in an attempt to generate offence, but B.C. held skip Jill Shumay to single points, leading 7-2 after six ends and in control of the game all the way through to the 9-2 final, their sixth of the round robin.

“We’re a little under the radar,” said Scott about the team’s return to form. “We’re not the front-runners this week, so we’re scrapping. Every game we’re scrapping out there, so that’s going to be our style for this Scotties.”

Fifth Gushulak played for Wazney earlier in the week after the young lead was hit with a suspected case of food poisoning, but Wazney was playing again yesterday.

Scott – a two-time Scotties champion – joked that the line-up changes had not been as frequent as last year, when the team was hit by the flu. “Last year’s scrapping was with multiple line-up changes all week long. Now that we have Sarah back, today (Thursday) was a real good day for us, eight shots in a row on multiple ends, so that felt good to get rolling again and get a good flow to our team.”

Team BC face Team Quebec at 4:30pm PST today in their final game of the round robin.

For the latest scores and standings, visit http://www.curling.ca/championships/scotties/draw-schedule/scores-and-standings.

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