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Morrow’s off to a flying start at Scotties

Miranda Ellis, left, lead stone on the Melissa Morrow rink and Lindsey Spencer, second stone, look down the ice to see the result of the opposing team’s shot. Morrow, whose team also includes mate Darcee Birch, scored two convincing wins on the opening day of the P.E.I. Scotties Provincial Women’s Curling championship Wednesday at the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton.
Miranda Ellis, left, lead stone on the Melissa Morrow rink and Lindsey Spencer, second stone, look down the ice to see the result of the opposing team’s shot. Morrow, whose team also includes mate Darcee Birch, scored two convincing wins on the opening day of the P.E.I. Scotties provincial women’s curling championship Wednesday at the Western Community Curling Club in Alberton. - Eric McCarthy

Scores 23 points in 15 ends

ALBERTON -- With two convincing wins Wednesday, Melissa Morrow and her Silver Fox Curling Club team of Darcee Birch, Lindsey Spencer and Miranda Ellis has advanced to Thursday’s 'A' qualifer of the P.E.I. Scotties provincial women’s curling championship.

Morrow needed just eight ends Wednesday morning to score a 10-4 victory over Tammy Dewar from Montague. Then Wednesday evening, in a draw delayed because of a snowstorm, she cruised to a 13-3 victory over the Suzanne Birt rink from the Charlottetown Curling Club in a game called after seven ends.

Morrow flew out of the gate with three in the first end and then stole two more points in the second. After Birt scored a point in the third, Morrow answered with two more deuces before the fifth-end break. Birt score a pair in the sixth, but Morrow answered back with four in the seventh.

With the win Morrow advances to the A” qualifier Thursday at 2 p.m. against either Sarah Fullerton or Veronica Smith. Fullerton and Smith are meeting in Wednesday’s 9 p.m. draw.

There are seven women’s teams entered in the modified triple knock-out championship. The eventual winner will represent P.E.I. in the national Scotties Tournament of Hearts February 16 to 24 at Centre 22 in Sydney, NS.

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