KINGSTON, Ont. - Kelly Scott and her B.C. team secured a playoff berth with two more wins Friday at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts. The rink finished with an 8-3 record to grab third place in the 12-team tournament.
Teamed with Jeanna Schraeder, Sasha Carter and Sarah Wazney, Scott beat Quebec 9-5 last night
at the K-Rock Centre. Combined with a 9-7 decision over the Northwest Territories-Yukon earlier in the day, B.C wrapped up the round robin with five victories in a row.
The Kelowna Curling Club team vaulted from fourth to third place when Team Canada lost its final game to Ontario.
"Goal number one accomplished," Scott said following her team's final victory. "We're in the playoffs. We sure had to work hard for those last five in a row. There were moments when we had to grind them out."
"The key (in Friday's games) was patience. That's been a key word of ours all week long, just patience, work hammer back and go for it when you have hammer," she added. "You don't always have hammer that many ends, so you have to make the most of it when you do.
"We're excited to be (in the playoffs). All the teams are just going to be rallying for position of those rocks and getting the right angles, not leaving the big shots out there where teams can score twos or threes on you."
Scott's rink will play Heather Nedohin's Team Canada out of Alberta in the 3-4 page playoff game today at 11 a.m. PT.
Manitoba and Ontario, who finished first and second, are the other two teams in the playoff bracket.
"We know they're all good teams," Scott stated. "Obviously, all of the playoff teams have had a good week. I don't think there are any weaknesses to exploit with any players that are still out there playing."