Team Brown will not be Canadian champion in 2021.
The Kamloops Curling Club rink representing B.C. at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts has fallen short of the Championship Pool, from which three playoff teams will emerge.
Saskatchewan, skipped by Sherry Anderson, edged B.C. 8-7 on Thursday morning to improve to 5-2 and leave Brown with a 3-4 mark, which will not be good enough to escape Pool B.
“We got off to a real good start, which was kind of our goal, and then a couple of missed shots, lost opportunities, and that kind of made the difference in the end after we made that late surge, so it’s unfortunate,” said Erin Pincott, the Brown rink’s third.
“It’s frustrating. We always want to play our best and we definitely didn’t this week, so it feels like we left some opportunities on the table, for sure.”
B.C.’s curling percentages for the Thursday draw: Brown (68 per cent), Pincott (78 per cent), second Dezaray Hawes (89 per cent) and lead Sam Fisher (86 per cent).
“I think it’s pretty obvious that there is still some rust out there for everyone,” Pincott said. “Usually, when you’re at this event, you’ve played upward of 10 events and you’re coming off winning provincials, so you’re kind of climbing.
“It was apparent for us that we hadn’t really had any competitive games, but it’s been the same for all the competitors, so it’s not really an excuse on our part.”
Brown will wrap its tournament on Thursday evening, looking to play spoiler against Prince Edward Island, which is in Championship Pool contention with a 4-3 record.
Game time is 5:30 p.m.
“Any experience at this stage is good,” Pincott said. “I think we showed some grit out there, but some areas for improvement were highlighted, for sure.”