Lee curls to early lead

Angela Lee and her Stratton rink has jumped out to a 2-0 start at the Northwestern Ontario ladies’ playdowns in Terrace Bay.
The first-year ladies’ dumped Leona Tarini (Fort William) 11-1 in eight ends this morning after downing Pierrette Lachance (Long-lac) 10-2 to open action last night.
Lee currently sits in a three-way tie for first with Jodi Judd (Port Arthur) and Tara George (Fort William).
Lee, whose rink includes third Kelli Smith, second Rachelle Neilson, and lead Amy Staciw, all of Thunder Bay, had received a last-minute invitation to compete at the eight-rink playdowns after none entered from the host town.
Meanwhile, Diane Adams, representing the Rainy River Curling Club, stands at 1-1 after losing 6-4 to Judd this morning.
She had opened with a 9-5 win over Dawn Sauve (Dryden) last night.
Third Marla Sobush, second Angie Delpino, and lead Cindy Orr make up Adams’ rink—which is making their first run at the provincials as a foursome.
The top two rinks will move on to the Ontario Scott Tournament of Hearts on Jan. 22-26 in Thunder Bay.
Five more draws await the field today and tomorrow, including a head-to-head match between Lee and Adams tonight.
Tie-breakers, if necessary, will be played tomorrow night and Sun-day morning.