Enge off to Scotties

Staff

Devlin curler Jenna Enge, who plays second on Tracy Horgan’s rink, has qualified for next month’s Scotties Tournament of Hearts.
The Sudbury foursome captured the provincial crown yesterday afternoon in Kenora after earning a dramatic 7-6 triumph over defending champ Rachel Homan of Ottawa.
Horgan, whose rink also includes third Jennifer Seabrook and lead Amanda Gates, trailed 6-5 heading into the 10th end of the final, with Homan holding the hammer (last rock).
Holding the momentum for most of the end, Homan botched a run-back attempt on her first stone in the 10th that left Horgan lying two, allowing the Sudbury skip to draw into the house to sit three on her last shot.
Homan, who had yet to lose a game all week, needed to grab a piece of the button on her final stone to take her second-straight provincial title, or have it stop in the four-foot to set up an extra end.
But her shot ended up staying to the outside and didn’t curl enough, allowing Horgan to steal two and capture her first provincial crown.
After finishing the round-robin in second place out of 10 teams with a 7-2 record, Horgan dropped the 1-2 Page playoff game to Homan by a score of 5-3 after the Ottawa rink stole single points in each of the final three ends.
But Horgan bounced back in the semi-final yesterday morning, defeating Sherry Middaugh (Coldwater) 7-3 in nine ends to set the stage for the title game.
The Scotties Tournament of Hearts takes place Feb. 18-26 in Red Deer, Alta.