Curling: Scott and Van Osch stay clear of pack

Kelly Scott and Kesa Van Osch have booked their tickets to tonight's Page playoff 1-2 game at the Scotties B.C. women's curling championship in Prince George.

Scott, from Kelowna, and Van Osch, from Nanaimo, are tied for first at 7-1 after eight draws. The teams will meet in this morning's final draw, and also will meet in the 1-2 game this evening. The winner of the 1-2 game will go directly to Sunday's final, while the loser will play in the Saturday semifinal against the winner of Saturday's 3-4 game.

Behind the pair of leaders is a hungry pack, with four teams at 4-4 and three more at 3-5.

The top four teams will make the playoffs, and tiebreakers also are scheduled for today.

The only team to have been mathematically eliminated is Victoria's Shawna Jensen, who sits at 1-6.

Two of the teams in the hunt are skipped by Kamloops women - Allison MacInnes has her Abbotsford rink at 4-4, as does Karla Thompson and her Kamloops rink.

Thompson dropped both of her Thursday games, 7-3 to Scott and 4-3 to Van Osch.

Thompson will finish Friday against Prince George's Tracey Jones (3-5).

MacInnes, meanwhile, dropped a 10-9 decision to Jones in the morning, giving up steals in the 10th and 11th ends, before scoring five in the eighth end to knock off Jensen 10-3 last night.

MacInnes is scheduled to finish the round-robin against Cloverdale's Marla Mallett (3-5) this morning.

The MacInnes-Mallett and Thompson-Jones games aren't the only ones with playoff implications this morning - in fact, only the Van Osch-Scott battle won't have any effect on the playoff picture.

Prince George's Patti Knezevic and Victoria's Sarah Wark will play this morning - with both rinks at 4-4, the winner will at least guarantee herself a tiebreaker.

Vancouver's Amy Gibson also is in the hunt at 3-5, and will finish the round-robin against Jensen this morning.

The winner of Sunday's final will represent B.C. at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian championship in Montreal from Feb. 1-9.

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