Jones ral­lies to claim third stright Scot­ties crown over P.E.I.

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS -

SAULT STE. MARIE, Ont. (CP) — Make it three straight for Jen­nifer Jones at the Scot­ties Tour­na­ment of Hearts.

Jones and Team Canada beat Prince Ed­ward Is­land’s Kathy O’Rourke 8-7 in 11 ends Sun­day to win the ti­tle.

Jones scored one in the 11th to give her rink a fourth Scot­ties ti­tle over­all.

“I never thought we would do it,” Jones said. “ To win three is in­cred­i­ble. The way we won to­day, the way we came back was awe­some.”

P.E.I. held a 6-3 lead head­ing into the sev­enth end be­fore Team Canada bat­tled back to take a 7-6 lead.

“Ob­vi­ously we were dis­ap­pointed with the way we were play­ing,” Jones said. “ We’re a scrappy team and we never give up. We made big shots when we had to so we wanted to hang in there and make the shots to win. It just worked out well for us.”

Jones stole a pair in the ninth end to take a 7-6 lead but P.E.I. scored one in the tenth end to force ex­tra ends.

“Cer­tainly we would have liked to make his­tory and fin­ish that off but we gave it our best and it just turned out to be a cou­ple inches short to­day,” said O’Rourke.

O’Rourke wouldn’t go as far as to say that in­ex­pe­ri­ence played a role in the loss.

“ We missed the draw against the two (in the ninth end),” she said. “The girls got fooled a lit­tle bit on the sweep and it got to the fudge part faster than we thought. The weight was per­fect and we weren’t re­ally sweep­ing that hard. All of a sud­den it got to the cen­tre line and it just stopped. I don’t think it was nerves at all. That’s what hap­pens some­times.”

O’Rourke added that against top-notch com­pe­ti­tion like Team Canada, no lead was com­pletely safe but the two teams staked up well against each other.

“I don’t know if I see much dif­fer­ence (be­tween the two teams). We knew when we got up with the lead that it would never be enough against a good team like Jones’ team,” said O’Rourke. “I knew they would keep com­ing at us and keep fight­ing hard be­cause that’s what a re­ally good team does.”

Jones spoke highly of P.E.I.’s Erin Car­mody, who threw skip rock for P.E.I. for the tour­na­ment.

“She played great,” Jones said of the 21-year-old. “She’s got a great fu­ture ahead of her. I’m sure we’ll see them again. It was a great game to­day and it was a ton of fun to play and I’m sure they’ll be back.”

Jones be­came just the third skip to win the tour­na­ment three straight times — Colleen Jones and Vera Pezer were the oth­ers. Colleen Jones is the only skip to have won the tour­na­ment four straight times.

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