MEDICINE HAT, AB — Chelsea Carey stormed to an early lead and never looked back, topping Val Sweeting's rink 7-5 in the A-Qualifier of the 2018 Alberta Scotties Tournament of Hearts on Thursday.
Carey now get's a full day off, and will battle the B-Qualifier Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m.
Sweeting made it interesting in the 10th, but Carey pulls away with a 7-5 A-Qualifier victory.
The Calgary squad gets tomorrow off, returning to action Saturday 6:30pm.#ABScotties
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The Calgary-based squad notched two-spots in the second and fourth ends, and followed that up with a stolen point in the fifth to take a 5-1 lead at the midway mark of the match.
Sweeting, fresh off a runner-up performance in the Mixed Olympic Trials last weekend, clawed within two in the 8th after pulling off a risky double take-out. Another break came their way after Carey's draw for two in the ninth came up short, holding the 2016 National Champion to a single point.
Heading into the 10th trailing by three, Sweeting needed a big end and a few lucky breaks to force an extra. She almost pulled it off, lying three at one point with two hidden behind Carey's guards.
But Carey's rink came through in the clutch, knocking out the deciding stone on their seventh throw of the end.
Carey remains unbeaten at 3-0, while the 2-1 Sweeting team will retake the Medicine Hat Curling Rink ice tomorrow against Delia DeJong.
Elsewhere, Lethbridge's Casey Scheidegger rebounded after a loss earlier in the day with a 7-4 win over Laura Crocker.
Scheidegger, skipping a rink out of the Grande Prairie Curling Club, will next battle the reigning provincial champion Shannon Kleibrink.
Kleibrink squeaked past Nadine Scotland 9-8 thanks to a three-spot in the second end, and another four in the eighth.
The winner between Kleibrink and Scheidegger was square off against either Sweeting or DeJong Friday night at 6:30 p.m. in the B-Qualifier.
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