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Scott wins, Winters struggles at Scotties B.C. Championships

Kelly Scott of Kelowna is heading back to the Scott Tournament of Hearts.

By The Nelson Daily Sports

Kelly Scott of Kelowna stole the tenth end to capture the 2011 Scotties B.C. Women’s Curling Championships with a 5-3 victory over New Westminster’s Kelley Law Sunday at the Cloverdale Curling Club.

Scott, third Jeanna Richard, second Sasha Carter and lead Jacquie Armstrong now represent British Columbia in Charlottetown at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in February.

Scott finished one game behind Law in round robin standings with a 7-2 record. Law won the round robin with an 8-1 mark and defeated the Scott rink 9-3 earlier in the week.

Kootenay rep Jill Winters of Nelson finished at the bottom of the table with a 1-8 record.

Winters, third Samantha Almquist, second Natalie Nowicki, lead Heather Nichol and coach Terri Richardson never really got going during the round robin tournament.

After opening the first day of competition 0-2, Winters & Company defeated Adina Tasaka 8-3 of Royal City Curling Club to get into the win column. Winters broke open the close game by scoring three in the seventh followed by a steal of two in the eighth.

However, the West Kootenay rink lost 10-4 to Roz Craig of Duncan and could never recover — despite playing the eventual champion tough on Day three, losing 8-6 to Scott.

The Winters rink outlasted the Karla Thompson rink of Kamloops 7-6 in the C event final of the Interior Women’s Curling Championships to win a trip to the provincial final.

This is the second time in three years Winters had skipped a team to the B.C. Scott Tournament. That rink included Allison Hurley and Loreen Amonson of Nelson and Lisa Nevakshonoff of Castlegar.

Winters also curled at the provincials in 1998, 2006 and 2007.