Jackson finishes fourth at ‘Scott’ playdowns in Kenora

Although Kathie Jackson was pleased with her 5-4 record and fourth-place showing at the provincial Scott Tournament of Hearts in Kenora last week, she knew she was just a few shots away from finishing much higher.
“We curled well but we should have won two more games,” Jackson lamented yesterday morning. “We should have beaten [Heather] Houston.
“Those are games against the top teams that you have to win to have a chance at the playoffs,” she stressed.
Still, the loss that all but eliminated Jackson from the playoffs was a disappointing 8-7 extra-end defeat to Kathy Chittley-Young (Dundas) on Thursday night.
Leading 7-6 after scoring a pair in the ninth end, Jackson surrendered one in the 10th and then a steal of one in the 11th for the tough loss.
“I had last rock in the extra end and my rock slipped a foot too heavy and finished in the back of the 12-foot,” Jackson said of her missed shot.
“It was the shot that lost it for us. We had a slim chance [of making the playoffs] after that,” she reasoned.
That loss dropped Jackson’s record to 3-4 and left her with only a slim chance of making the playoffs. While she won her last two games, Houston and Kristin Turcotte (Toronto) clinched second and third spot by winning their games Friday morning.
Jackson’s fourth-place showing matched her finish at the provincials in Brantford in 1990 when she curled out of Thunder Bay.
She placed seventh in her first trip to the provincials in Nipigon in 1989.
Although Jackson ended up tied with Cheryl McBain (Ottawa) and Darcie Simpson (Ottawa) at 5-4, she was awarded fourth spot by virtue of having beaten those two teams during round-robin play.
Jackson, whose rink included Kim Beaudry (third), Kelly Tolen (second), Anna Lindholm (lead), and Roz Broman (fifth), opened play last Tuesday afternoon with a 7-4 loss to Turcotte.
She stormed back Tuesday night with a 7-5 win over Kelly McLellan (Sault Ste. Marie) but after beating McBain 9-4 on Wednesday morning, the Fort foursome fell 11-4 to Merklinger and then 7-5 to Houston later that day.
Jackson split her two games Thursday, dumping Debra Thompson (Whitby) 9-5 but then suffering that crucial extra-end loss to Chittley-Young that night.
She wrapped up round-robin play Friday with a 9-6 win over Simpson and an 8-7 victory over Nadine Landon (Sault Ste. Marie).
Jackson said their lack of playing time leading up to the provincials was a detriment as they came up against one tough rink after another.
“We only play once a week and that’s not enough,” she said. “It hurt us. I [definitely] would like to curl on a more regular basis next year.”