Smooth transition from Godberson to Armistead

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 11:48 AM ET

Any time Cathy King needed a knockout punch, she called in her heavy hitter.

The team's been mowing down its opposition and much of the credit has gone to her high-energy third, a former junior sensation.

Her third made game-saving doubles, triples and runbacks at opportune times.

The third's job has been to blast out a bunch of granite and leave a clear path for a draw to the four-foot, King's signature shot.

It could be 1998 and the third could be former world junior champ Heather Godberson - on a team that went on to win the national title.

The time machine whirrs and stops at 2006 - at the Shamrock Club. Time has stood still for King.

She's got an entirely different supporting cast now. At third - Lori Armistead - a three-time (1992-95-97) Alberta junior champ.

"I love throwing the high, hard ones,'' said Armistead, less than an hour after her latest game saver.

THREATENING TO STEAL

King was down 3-2 in the fifth. Crystal Rumberg was threatening to steal when King made the call for an improbable double.

"You'd probably make that one out a thousand times,'' said King. ''She said. 'I can only see a hair of it.' I said 'that's all you need.' ''

Despite King's confidence, the phys-ed teacher at Paul Kane high school in St. Albert was not 100% sure the shot was makeable.

"I said 'OK,' '' said Armistead, whose stunning shot set up a four-ender in an 11-4 runaway win. "Tell me how much I need to hit and I'll throw it down there. I don't think that was my best game of the week, but that shot definitely helped us out. It's nice to make those key shots.''

Armistead joined King four seasons ago. She'd skipped a team to the 2002 provincials that lost an extra-end game to King in the round-robin.

AN AMBASSADOR

"I like playing on her team,'' said Armistead. "Cathy is such an ambassador for this game. She has so much knowledge and expertise. I don't want to play with anybody else other than Cathy's team.

"Clear it out and give her a path and she'll put 'er on the pin for you.''

That 1998 team lost twice - both at the city level. This one has lost none. They're at 13 straight wins and counting.

They need just one more win, Sunday's final, to claim their second straight title, after clinching first place last night.

King seems a bit uncomfortable with comparisons.

"I knew you'd ask me that question,'' King said. "She's got that fire. We've got a lot of energy going right now.

"You get energy when you're winning, not when you're losing.''

Any sense history is repeating itself?

"I don't like to think that far ahead,'' said King.

"I'm one that plays with confidence, but one that plays with a bit of caution. I feel we're playing well enough, but anything can happen.

"It's a slippery game.''

Deja vu all over again? Wait and see. Could be.


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