North­ern On­tario’s Krista McCarville aims for a Hearts eas­ier on the heart

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Krista McCarville vows her North­ern On­tario team is done with lar­ceny, al­though it has been prof­itable for them.

Her Thun­der Bay four­some led last year’s Cana­dian women’s curl­ing cham­pi­onship in stolen points with 31, but it was the play­off round where they took thiev­ing to spec­tac­u­lar heights.

Trail­ing in both games, McCarville stole three points over the ninth and 10th ends of a play­off win over Man­i­toba and did the same in a semi­fi­nal vic­tory over de­fend­ing cham­pion Jen­nifer Jones.

McCarville, third Ken­dra Lilly, sec­ond Ash­ley Sip­pala and lead Sarah Potts out of the Fort Wil­liam Curl­ing Club fell 8-7 to Chelsea Carey in the fi­nal in Grande Prairie, Alta.

McCarville prefers they not white knuckle their way to wins in St. Catharines, Ont., this year.

“Just be­fore we came here we talked about that and why that hap­pened,” McCarville said.

“We tried to fig­ure out why did we play that much bet­ter af­ter the fifth end. I think when our backs are against the wall, that’s just what we do. We pick up our game and play a lit­tle bit more sharp.

“We’re com­ing here this year to not start that way. We want to be sharp from the be­gin­ning.”

They’ve been mostly true to their word to start the Scot­ties Tour­na­ment of Hearts. They did steal a to­tal of seven points win­ning two of their first three, but those were scored ear­lier in the game.

Scor­ing with­out ham­mer is a skill, but one with low odds of suc­cess.

“We are a re­silient team,” Lilly said. “We kind of wanted to zone in why we play much bet­ter in the sec­ond half and ap­ply that in the first half.

“Maybe don’t have those tight of games and com­ing-from- be­hind wins and stuff, which were kind of fun to be a part of. But if we can (make it) a lit­tle less stress­ful out there, it would be good for us and I’m sure for our fans.”

McCarville (2-1) was to face Michelle En­glot of Man­i­toba in Mon­day evening’s draw. The af­ter­noon draw was full of heists with 14 stolen ends to­talling 26 points.

On­tario’s Rachel Ho­man and En­glot stayed un­beaten and out front at 4-0.

Ho­man stole sin­gle points in ends six through eight in a 6-4 win over Al­berta’s Shan­non Kleib­rink. In a 10-5 vic­tory over Sta­cie Cur­tis of New­found­land and Labrador, En­glot re­cov­ered from giv­ing up a steal of three in the fifth end by scor­ing seven points over the fi­nal five.

Kerry Galusha of North­west Ter­ri­to­ries, who won a pre­tour­na­ment qual­i­fy­ing round to get into the 12-team main draw, was 3-1 fol­low­ing a 12-9 vic­tory over B.C.’s Marla Mal­lett.

Que­bec’s Eve Belisle got to 2-2 with an 8-7 win over Prince Ed­ward Is­land’s Robyn MacPhee.

Kleib­rink and Cur­tis fell to 2-2, while MacPhee and Mal­lett were both win­less in four games.

McCarville’s team doesn’t travel as much as some teams chas­ing points and money on the World Curl­ing Tour.

She and her team­mates strive to strike a more equal bal­ance be­tween their sport and their jobs and fam­i­lies.

But they do want a shot at rep­re­sent­ing Canada at next year’s Win­ter Olympics. Seven of nine women’s berths in De­cem­ber’s tri­als in Ot­tawa are still on the table.

The win­ner in St. Catharines gets one of those spots.

CP PHOTO

North­ern On­tario skip Krista McCarville de­liv­ers the stone while tak­ing on Que­bec in the 3rd draw of the Scot­ties Tour­na­ment of Hearts in St. Catharines, Ont., on Sun­day.

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