Friday, December 19, 2014

Homan handed first loss by Jones

KINGSTON, Ont.—Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones outscored Rachel Homan 9-7 this morning to hand the Ontario skip her first loss at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
Jones, meanwhile, improved to 8-0 and locked up a playoff spot with the victory.

The veteran skip took the lead with a pair in the eighth end of an entertaining, back-and-forth matchup at the K-Rock Centre.
She added a steal of one in the ninth and held on for the victory.
Jones said she’s focused on qualifying for the 1-2 Page playoff game and is not concerned about maintaining a perfect record.
“We had one loss in our provincials and it kind of gave us a kick in the pants,” she noted.
“Right now I feel like we’re playing well and we don’t need that kick in the pants.
“So hopefully that is true.”
Saskatchewan’s Jill Shumay defeated Team Canada’s Heather Nedohin 7-5 in the other early game today.
After 12 draws, Homan is alone in second place at 7-1. Nedohin is next at 6-2 while Shumay is in fourth place at 5-3.
B.C.’s Kelly Scott, New Brunswick’s Andrea Crawford, and Prince Edward Island’s Suzanne Birt all had four wins apiece entering this afternoon’s draw.
The top four rinks in the 12-team field will qualify for the playoffs on the weekend.
Round-robin play continues through tomorrow evening.
Jones displayed the consistency that she’s known for throughout the game—hitting a remarkable 93 percent of her shots.
Homan was well back at 71 percent. The young Ontario skip blew a chance to tie the game by coming up light with her final stone in the ninth end.
“Both teams played really well, both had some big ends, and it just came down to a couple of shots here and there,” Homan noted.
Manitoba shot 84 percent as a team while Ontario finished at 75 percent.
Homan opened the scoring with a draw to the button and stealing a point for a 2-0 lead in the second end.
Jones came roaring back in the fourth when Homan missed a freeze attempt, leaving the Manitoba skip with a hit to score four.
Homan’s confidence wasn’t affected as she came through with a highlight-reel shot in the fifth end, delighting the pro-Homan crowd.
The Ontario skip feathered her stone between two guards and followed with a tapback to score three and move back into the lead at 5-4.
Jones answered in the sixth end with a pair before Homan took the lead again with a takeout to score two in the seventh.
Jones replied by drawing to the button for two in the eighth end.

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