Cathy King gave Grande Prairie math teacher Renee Sonnenberg a curling lesson last night.
King had all the angles figured in their marquee matchup at the Shamrock, winning 8-5 and handing Sonnenberg her first loss.
The defending champ sits at 4-0 with an inside track to first place at the Alberta Scott Tournament of Hearts.
"Good game, eh?" said King, who ran her playdowns record to 11-0.
"Being as they're one of the teams we're going to need to beat at the end of the week, it's important."
Both pre-event favourites will earn playoff spots if they rack up a pair of wins today.
"Myself, I need to make a few more shots when we needed them," said King. "The girls are playing real well in front of me."
It's definitely developing into a two-hoss race.
"We had a tricky set of rocks that game and I think we handled the situation well," said Sonnenberg. "I'm a little tired mentally, but it was a fun day - interesting ends."
At least Sonnenberg knows she can stay close to the defending champ in the playoff round.
"If we're in the playoff round, I'm thrilled," said Sonnenberg.
A messy pack is starting to develop behind the front-runners, a pack that's unable to keep up with the leaders.
If you had to look for any momentum among the three teams in the 2-2 pack ... well, Vicki Sjolie of Medicine Hat shows some promise.
Her only loss in the last three starts was a 10-9 extra-end decision to Edmonton's Chana Martineau (1-3) yesterday morning.
"We're playing about as good as we did in the southerns," said Sjolie, the A Event winner. "We've got King and Sonnenberg in the last two games, so we control our own destiny."
ONE MORE CHANCE
Also at 2-2 were Calgary's Renelle Bryden and Crystal Rumberg.
After treading water, Bryden has one more chance for a two-win day.
"We'd better," said Bryden. "We had a good game tonight (11-4 win over Martineau). It'll be a good thing to carry us through until (today)."
Faye White of Camrose put herself one game back of the pack with her first win, a convincing 8-1 decision that gave Rumberg a two-loss day.
White lost her first three games by a total of four points and figures the momentum's about to shift.
"I know, don't say it," said White, who's plus-3 in points scored despite her 1-3 record. "We're playing well, but a couple of little mistakes here or there are making the difference."