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3-peat for Scott

With a final draw to the four-foot at the North Shore Winter Club yesterday, Kelly Scott captured her third consecutive BC championship. Together with third Sasha Carter, second Dailene Sivertson, lead Jacquie Armstrong and coach Gerry Richard, the Kelowna skip proved that her rink was once again the best in the province.

Scott finished on top of the round-robin standings at 7-2, but faltered in the page playoff 1 vs. 2 game against Marla Mallett, dropping to Saturday night’s second semi-final against Kelley Law. With a 9-7 win over Law, Scott advanced to Sunday’s final where she faced Mallett (third Kelly Shimizu, second Danielle Callens and lead Barb Zbeetnoff) again.

The two teams were neck and neck, tied 5-5 heading into the final end. It looked to be a routine final end with Scott keeping the play area clean for an open last shot, but things took a turn when Scott missed a peel attempt on her first skip stone. Looking to pounce on the rare miss, Mallett attempted to draw around the centre guard with her final rock to force Scott with a difficult last shot. Unfortunately for Mallett, her final stone fell short of the rings, leaving Scott a draw to the paint for the win.

The win at the 2012 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship presented by Best Western marks a couple records for Scott. She now sets a new record for the most BC women’s provincial championships won by a skip (5). Previously Scott was tied at 4 wins with Royal City’s Kelley Law, Richmond’s Heather Kerr and Kimberley’s Ina Hansen. Scott also ties Hansen for the most consecutive BC titles as a skip (3). Hansen accomplished her 3-peat in 1962, 63 & 64.

Players voted Nicole Backe from Nanaimo as the recipient of the Kay Giles Memorial Sportsmanship Award.

Scott now advances to the National Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Red Deer, Alberta, Feb. 18-26, and earns a berth into next year’s provincial championship as defending champion.

Click here to view Scott’s winning shot.

Click here to view a photos from the championship.

Round-Robin Standings:

Kelly Scott, Kelowna 7-2
Marla Mallett, Royal City 6-3
Roselyn Craig, Juan de Fuca 6-3
Jen Rusnell, Prince George 5-4
Kelley Law, Royal City 5-4
Marilou Richter, Richmond 5-4
Nicole Backe, Royal City 5-4
Allison MacInnes, Kamloops 4-5
Kelly Thompson, Richmond 2-7
Brenda Garvey, Kamloops 0-9

Event website: http://bcscotties2012.curlbc.ca/

Linescores can be found on http://www.playdowns.com/curlbc/event.php?id_cmp=443.

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