King beats hometown rival

ANGELA MacISAAC -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:58 AM ET

LETHBRIDGE -- It's easy to tell when Cathy King is having a good game.

The joy is usually all over her face as she's grinning from ear to ear, just like yesterday when she beat fellow Edmontonian Deb Santos 6-5 to open the Alberta Scott Tournament of Hearts.

"Does it really show," the bubbly King asked before admitting she wears her heart on her sleeve.

King had every right to be happy. Her rink of third Lori Armitstead, second Raylene Rocque and lead Tracy Bush survived Santos' three in the sixth end to stay on the winning side.

Down one and coming home with the hammer, King managed to hold onto four rocks in the house. Santos chipped in off a rock of her own to sit at the back of the 4-foot.

The shot drew oohs and ahs from the gallery and one impressed man muttered, "That was a Kevin Martin shot."

And just when it looked like King's chances were slim, she raised a guard for two and the win.

"It comes down to the last rock every time we play Santos," said King, a three-time provincial champ who won the national Scott and world bronze in 1998.

"The first four ends were pretty wide open and there were a lot of great shots made."

She'll even take the blame for letting Santos, third Jackie-Rae Greening, second Brenda Bohmer and lead Kate Horne back in the game with that three-ender.

"Up until the sixth end, I'd curled 100 percent," King said, chuckling. "Then I curled one an inch outside and I gave it to them. It took me a little bit to convince myself that I'm curling good and not to worry about that one.

"If I hadn't been curling well, I probably would have been more upset."

But she still seemed in good spirits after last night's 9-5 loss to Renee Sonnenberg of Grande Prairie.

Sonnenberg had two big ends, scoring three in the sixth and again in the ninth to put the game out of reach for King.

The Edmonton skip knew she was in tough, even before she went into the late draw.

"They kept hitting and rolling and, instead of trying to leave them a tough double, I was still trying to protect. It didn't work out in the end and they got five on us," said King.

"I should have been hitting more than protecting that one shot."


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