Team B.C. seemed likely to remain perfect after two days at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, but the Kamloops Curling Club rink coughed up a sizeable lead and lost to Jennifer Jones on Sunday night.
“We’re feeling slightly deflated,” B.C. skip Corryn Brown said. “We maybe think we could have had that one.”
Jones, the tournament’s wild card entry, edged Brown 11-10, scoring two in the 10th end to cap the thrilling contest and improve to 2-1.
B.C. (2-1) is scheduled to play once on Monday, a 4:30 p.m. start Kamloops time against Rachel Homan-skipped Ontario (2-1).
Brown, which bested Northwest Territories 8-5 earlier on Sunday, took a 6-1 lead after four ends against Jones, capitalizing on uncharacteristically poor play from the Wild Card skip.
The Kamloops quartet’s undoing was likely the sixth end, in which it gave up a steal of four.
“We actually had a pretty good game overall,” Brown said. “Every time we had the hammer, besides one end, we got a deuce. It just came down to execution in one end.
“We battled hard and proved we deserve to be there. It’s just unfortunate we gave up that steal of four.”
The team, which is in a four-way tie for first in Pool B standings, debriefed on Sunday night and turned focus to Ontario.
“We’re proud of how we did, but we probably feel like we left a little bit on the table,” Brown said. “We have time to regroup tomorrow and hopefully come out firing.”
Sixteen teams are split into two pools of eight, based on their CTRS standing as of Dec. 31.
They will play seven round-robin games within their pool, with the top four teams in each pool moving into the Championship Pool.
The four teams from Pool A will play the four teams from Pool B on Feb. 20 and Feb. 21, with the top four win-loss records (including the preliminary round) moving into the traditional Page playoffs, which start on Feb. 22.
The gold-medal game is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23.
Brown’s schedule, Kamloops time: vs. PEI (Saturday, 11:30 a.m.), vs. Northwest Territories (11:30 a.m., Sunday), vs. Wild Card (4:30 p.m., Sunday), vs. Ontario (4:30 p.m., Monday), vs. Yukon (6:30 a.m., Tuesday), vs. Newfoundland/Labrador (6:30 a.m., Wednesday), vs. Nova Scotia (11:30 a.m., Wednesday).
— Curling Canada