The hammer came down, but not before the Diane Gushulak rink pushed it to the limit. The Royal City Curling Club foursome were nudged 9-8 in the 2016 B.C. Scotties women’s curling championships in Coquitlam on Sunday by six-time B.C. champion Kelly Scott’s rink of Kelowna. Scott used the hammer to steal the game-winning point in the 11th to advance to the final. Karla Thompson of Kamloops then strolled to a polished 11-3 victory in Sunday’s final and advanced to a playdown with the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon with the winner going to the Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Grande Prairie, Alta. next month. Gushulak forced the extra end in the 10th by scoring two to make it 8-8, after Scott had forged ahead by scoring three over the eighth and ninth ends. The New Westminster-based rink, which features skip Gushulak, third Grace McInnes, second Jessie Sanderson and lead Sandra Comadina, stole two in an extra end late Saturday to beat Sarah Wark of Victoria 10-8 in the first playoff game. Down 5-1 early, Gushulak marched back with three in the sixth end and a point stolen in the eighth to deadlock the score. Although Wark held the hammer, Gushulak prevailed with a deuce. Gushulak finished 4-3 in the opening round. The Amy Gibson rink, also representing the Royal City Curling Club, finished out of the playoffs after going 3-4.