The Canadian Press - Friday Jan. 17, 2014 15:06 ET

Jennifer Jones rebounds at curling's Continental Cup in Las Vegas

Sochi-bound squad helps increase North American lead

Winnipeg's Jennifer Jones, shown in this file photo, bounced back after a tough start to the Continental Cup competition in Las Vegas with a win on Friday. (John Woods/Canadian Press)


Jennifer Jones rebounded from a tough loss as North America maintained its three-point lead of the World squad at curling's Continental Cup in Friday's early draw in Las Vegas.

The North Americans led 7.5-4.5 after four draws, but it looked like they were going to increase their lead after Friday's early traditional team matches. Ottawa's Rachel Homan had a two-point lead over Japan's Satsuki Fujisawa and the hammer in the eighth and final end.

But Homan missed on her last-rock hit attempt to give Fujisawa a stolen deuce to tie the game 5-5. With no extra ends in the Continental Cup, each team was awarded half a point.

"It was very, very exciting [to get a tie in that game]," said Fujisawa through an interpreter. "Halfway through when we lost those two points [through a Homan steal in the fifth end], we thought we were going to lose, but we got that one point and then at the end we thought we were going to lose in the eighth end but we managed to get the two points back and get the tie which was exciting."

Winnipeg's Jones earned North America's full point, stealing two in the first end and three more in each of the third and fourth ends for a 9-3 win over Sweden's Margaretha Sigfridsson.

It was a much better result for Jones's rink, which lost 12-2 to Scotland's Eve Muirhead in Thursday's tournament-opening draw.

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