Beaver Valley’s Desiree Schmidt rink just missed a trip to the provincials as they played off in the first round of regional play of the Scott Tournament of Hearts B.C. Curling Championships in Creston on the weekend.
The rink skipped by Schmidt along with third Brittany Palmer, second Heather Nichol and lead Courtney Schmidt went 2 and 2, finishing in third and narrowly missing a free pass to the provincials.
Schmidt lost to the Kelly Thompson rink from Richmond 6-3 in the B qualifying final on Sunday.
After tying the game 2-2 in the fifth end, Thompson replied by scoring two in the sixth and stealing one in the seventh to take a commanding 5-2 lead.
Following victories over Invermere’s Jill Andrews rink, 8-3, and Kamloops’ Karla Thompson, 9-4, the Beaver Valley team could have secured a spot with a win over Thompson.
The Allison MacInnes rink from Kamloops won the A event sweeping its games including an early 5-3 decision over Schmidt.
The top two teams from each of the four regional play downs receive a spot in the B.C. championship.
Schmidt and other teams that were not successful in qualifying this past weekend are eligible to enter the last two open qualifying events, where two teams will advance from each. The winner goes to the Scotties Canadian Curling Championship in Red Deer in February.