Mackenzie Zacharias, Karlee Burgess, Emily Zacharias and Lauren Lenentine have won their second Manitoba championship.
The Altona Curling Club foursome, who captured the 2020 Provincial Junior Championship in Dauphin which was followed by their Canadian and World Championship runs, defeated Kristy Watling of the Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club in Winnipeg 7-5 in the final of the 2022 Provincial Scotties Tournament of Hearts at the Carberry Plains Community Centre.
"Honestly it definitely hasn't sunk in yet," said Zacharias shortly after the Closing Ceremony. "I think we all just thought of this as another game. We've been playing Kristy all season and so we told ourselves this is the MCT final and that's just what it's going to be. It's a lot bigger than that in the long run and we all know that but just coming off the ice now - this is the championship that Kerri Einarson and Jennifer Jones has won before and we weren't supposed to win this year. Things just kind of happened at the right time and the right place and it worked out."
Lenentine, Emily Zacharias, Burgess and Mackenzie Zacharias threw eight perfect rocks in the tenth end and scored two for the win.
It started with Lenentine and the two ticks she threw removing Sarah Pyke's rocks off the centre line.
"I missed quite a few ticks this week," said Lenentine. "I'm not going to lie. We struggled with getting the right ice but we really pulled it together to get those two and it felt really nice because I knew those were huge to help my team win this game."
Mackenzie Zacharias just need a hit on Watling's wide open shot rock in the back 12-foot for the win.
"I had so much confidence in her," said Emily Zacharias. "I knew we had it, she just had to throw it. Getting to do that with my sister, just the pure joy that you immediately feel just knowing what you were able to accomplish - we knew that we had what it took to do it and just getting to experience that feeling at the end was a cool experience to share together."
It was the fifth straight win for Team Zacharias who earned a bye to the final by finishing in first place after the completion of the Championship Round on Saturday night.
"I grew up as a little girl watching Jennifer Jones and Kerri Einarson, all these big names come out of Manitoba," Burgess said. "I'm from Nova Scotia and living in Manitoba now and winning my first Provincial Scotties in Manitoba - it's pretty amazing."
Watling advanced to the final thanks to an 8-6 victory over Kaitlyn Jones of Assiniboine Memorial Sunday morning.
"I'm so proud of the girls and how they played out there for me," said Jones. "We reallly battled and it was a great game. I couldn't ask for anything more of them. Hats off to Team Zacharias, they played phenomenal. Lauren (Lenentine) made two amazing tick shots in the last end. We battled it out and played our hearts out. No regrets."
Zacharias, Burgess, Zacharias and Lenentine will now represent Manitoba at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Thunder Bay from January 28th-February 6th.
Team Zacharias will join reigning Canadian champions Kerri Einarson, Val Sweeting, Shannon Birchard and Briane Meilleur of the Gimli Curling Club in Thunder Bay.
A third Manitoba team could qualify for the Scotties.
Tracy Fleury, Selena Njegovan, Liz Fyfe and Kristin MacCuish of East St. Paul, who were eliminated Saturday night in Carberry, will play in the Wild Card play-in game the night before the start of the National Women’s Curling Championship.