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Team Thompson win the 2016 BC Scotties

They came out storming and they didn’t look back – and now Team Thompson are going to Grande Prairie to represent B.C. at the 2016 Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian Women’s Curling Championship.

They romped to an 11-3 victory over Team Scott in the final of the 2016 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship, presented by Best Western.

This will be the second trip to the national Scotties for Karla Thompson, from Kamloops, but the first time with her rink of third Kristen Recksiedler, second Tracey Lavery, lead Trysta Vandale and coach Jeff Richard. The team were jubilant following the victory.

Skip Thompson, a high school teacher, went to nationals in 2008 with Team Allison MacInnes. Speaking after her win this evening she said she was ecstatic. She added: “We worked hard all year and it has paid off.”

Kelly Scott, six-time B.C. champion, and her rink of third Shannon Aleksic, second Jenna Loder, lead Sarah Pyke and coach Gerry Richard, had played a solid game earlier in the day when they defeated Diane Gushulak’s Royal City Rink in the semi-finals.

But in the final, Team Thompson controlled the game and held Team Scott to single points.

The team from Kamloops will now represent B.C. in Grande Prairie from February 18-28. Team B.C. will be in the pre-qualifying round with the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

The B.C. final took place at the home of the Coquitlam Curling Club, the Poirier Sport and Leisure Complex.

For more information about the event, visit http://bcscotties2016.curlbc.ca/.

Visit http://www.playdowns.com to view the line scores.

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