Berwick's Jennifer Smith and Team Fay improve to 7-2 at junior curling

John Decoste
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The women's team improved to 4-1 yesterday at the M&M Meat Shop Junior Curling tournament. Both Nova Scotian teams are looking strong going into the final day of round robin play.

Skip Mary Fay of Chester and her Nova Scotia teammates stood one win away from a berth in the semifinals at the Canadian Junior Curling Championships in Liverpool after a come-from-behind 7-6 win over Saskatchewan Thursday evening.

Fay, third Jennifer Smith of Berwick, second Karlee Burgess and lead Janique LeBlanc fell behind 3-0 after the first end, but chipped away with one in the second, two in the fifth, one in the sixth, two in the seventh and one in the ninth for a 7-5 lead.

Saskatchewan scored one in the tenth end, but fell a point short of forcing an extra end.

The young Nova Scotia team – Fay, Smith and Burgess are all 15, LeBlanc 16 – improved to 7-2 for the tournament and 2-1 in the championship round with one game remaining Friday morning at 8 a.m. against fourth-seed Quebec.

With the victory, Team Fay clinched a spot in a tiebreaker later on Friday should one end up being necessary.

With a win Friday against Quebec, Nova Scotia, which entered the championship round seeded sixth, will qualify for the semifinal at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Liverpool Quebec

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