King edges Bryden by a hair

ANGELA MACISAAC -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 11:20 AM ET

LETHBRIDGE -- Cathy King doesn't feel like she's finished yet. The Edmonton skip won by a hair -- literally -- last night, clocking a 6-5 win against Calgary's Renelle Bryden in the semifinal of the Alberta Scott Tournament of Hearts.

"To get into the final is kind of a relief in some ways," said King, who admits she hasn't slept all weekend. "I'm still feeling like I'm not finished yet. I've been in this position before and I hate coming second. Tomorrow is a big, big chance."

A deuce in the sixth and a steal of one in the eighth gave King the upper hand in a game Bryden was leading through the first five ends. Bryden singled the 10th to force an extra end, which she didn't make easy on King.

With King sitting shot on full 4-foot, Bryden slipped past her own tight guard by a hair to sit four. After King bumped her off, Bryden did the near impossible -- making the exact same shot.

But King didn't get quite enough bump this time and out came the measuring stick.

When the smoke cleared, King got the berth into today's final (2 p.m.) against Calgary's Shannon Kleibrink.

"She made two perfect shots," King said. "She couldn't have made those any better. I was a little concerned on my last shot. I thought I had the same weight and it ran a little straighter.

"I was thankful it curled enough at the end because I didn't think we had it. All the way down, I'm thinking this isn't going to make it."

But it did. To Bryden's disappointment.

"I thought she had a miss," the Calgary skip said. "That thing grinded in for her and tapped us just centimetres enough."

King's win was sweet vengeance for Bryden's 5-4 victory earlier yesterday in the final game of the round-robin, keeping King from getting the bye into the final.

"I am extremely proud of our team," Bryden said of third Nancy Smith, second Carolyn Derbyshire and lead Shannon Mattheis. "That game could easily have been a win."


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