Jennifer Jones, Cathy Overton-Clapham, Jill Officer and Dawn Askin with the Players' Championship trophy. (Photo: CurlingZone)

Jennifer Jones steals in extra end to win Players’ Championship

April 14, 2007, 11:00 PM

CALGARY — Jennifer Jones stole the extra end to capture her second consecutive Players’ Championship.

Jones swiped two points to defeat reigning world champ Kelly Scott 8-6 in Saturday’s final.

The Winnipeg-based team of Jennifer Jones, Cathy Overton-Clapham, Jill Officer and Dawn Askin earned $26,000.

Jones was off her game shooting 57 percent, but made it count when it mattered most with two clutch freezes in OT and forced Scott, of Kelowna, B.C., to attempt a long runback double that failed.

It was a different story earlier in the game as Jones wrecked on a guard in the fifth end allowing Scott an easy pass to score four and grab a 5-2 lead. Jones then took control scoring a deuce in the sixth, holding Scott to a single in seven and adding another two-count in the eighth to require the extra frame.

Jones’ victory spoiled Scott’s chance of clinching a direct berth to the 2009 Canadian Olympic Curling Trials. Meanwhile, Jones can now lock up a guaranteed spot by winning another major tournament within the next two years.

Scott — who defeated Jones twice en route to the Scotties title earlier this year — collected $15,000.