Moose Jaw’s Penny Barker dropped to 0-2 Thursday SaskPower Saskatchewan women’s curling championship.
Barker and her Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre foursome lost 4-1 to Mandy Selzer’s hometown favourites from Balgonie. After three blank ends to open, the teams split a point and were tied 1-1 after the fifth. Selzer went ahead in the sixth and stole twice to close out the win.
Chantelle Eberle (Regina Callie) and Stefanie Lawton (Saskatoon) are tied in Pool A with 2-0 records. They are followed by Selzer (2-1) who suffered her first loss of the championship Thursday night, falling 8-1 to Maryfield’s Candace Chisholm (1-1). Lawton improved to 2-0 with a 9-3 victory over the Callie’s Deanne Miller-Jones (0-3).
Maidstone’s Jill Shumay (2-0) has looked particularly impressive in the early going, beating Biggar’s Brett Barber 13-5 on Thursday. Shumay opened the championship Wednesday with 9-4 win over Michelle Englot, the defending Saskatchewan women’s champion from the Highland.
In Pool B, Shumay and Trish Paulsen were tied for top spot with 2-0 records. Paulsen beat Barber 9-8 in Thursday’s late draw. Holland was 1-1. Englot improved to 1-1 with a 7-5 victory over Martin, who dropped to 1-2. Barber fell to 0-3.
The top two teams from each pool, barring tiebreakers, advance to the Page Playoffs. The semifinal is Sunday at 1 p.m., followed by the final at 5 p.m.
— with files from the Regina Leader-Post