Skylar Ackerman and her Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre teammates made things interesting as they tried to run through the ‘C’ side at the SaskCurl provincial under-18 women’s championship, but in the end fell just short.
Ackerman and her rink of third Madison Johnson, second Chantel Hoag and lead Samantha McLaren had reached the ‘A’ side final earlier in the week, but back-to-back losses sent them all the way down to the ‘C’ side quarter-finals.
There, Ackerman opened with a 6-4 win over Saltcoats’ Jessica Farquharson, doing most of her damage with a three-ender in the fifth that put her ahead 5-2 through five ends.
That sent the local rink into a rematch with Saskatoon’s Madison Kleiter, who had defeated Ackerman in the ‘A’ side final. This time around, a steal of three in the sixth end would prove to be the key to a 7-5 victory.
It was another re-match in the ‘C’ side final, this time against Weyburn’s Emily Haupstein, who knocked Ackerman out of the ‘B’ event on Saturday. Ackerman had faced Kleiter at 9 p.m. the night before, with the ‘C’ final at 10 a.m. Sunday also marking their fourth game in 24 hours. Haupstein was able to take advantage of the schedule, stealing points in the third and sixth ends on her way to a 6-2 victory.
Haupstein would go on to defeat Kleiter 7-5 in the championship final.