Slumber party

, Last Updated: 12:29 PM ET

GRANDE PRAIRIE -- There was a huge elephant on the floor above Cathy King's hotel room in the wee hours yesterday morning.

That's her story and she's stickin' to it.

King's not saying the rowdy reveller had anything to do with her 11-7 extra-end loss to hometown favourite Renee Sonnenberg. Since King had already wrapped up a bye into today's 2 p.m. final at the Alberta Scotties, a loss in the final round-robin game wasn't fatal.

And, it's not as if it hasn't happened before.

King's previous loss came in the Saturday morning game at the 2005 event. She'd collected 16 straight wins and two Alberta titles since then.

A win today would make her the third skip in provincial history to pull off the three-peat behind Dorothy Thompson (1959-61) and Deb Santos (1989-91).

But a little shut-eye wouldn't hurt her chances.

"Last night, we had some elephant above us," said King.

"He was stomping around until four in the morning. Lori (third Olson) and I were wide awake chatting because somebody up there was dancing, I think. We didn't get a lot of sleep.

"Neither did Raylene (second Rocque) and Diane (lead Dealey), cause they said the same thing."

Ironically, this provincial is one of the rare times King has actually had reasonably restful nights.

"I'm not normally a good sleeper, but I did sleep well until last night," said King. "It was just a lot of noise going on.

"First, it was like some big crash at about one in the morning that woke us up.

"I had earplugs in and I heard it, so you can imagine how loud it was."

King was unconcerned about having her losing streak snapped, but put the team through a practice session less than an hour after the loss.

"I thought we played well,'' said King, who had a 5-2 lead at the fifth-end break before Sonnenberg laid a three-ender in six and stole one in seven to take control.

"We had a couple of bad breaks.

"If we hadn't played well, I'd been worried. Just a couple of misfortunes of a couple of rocks cost us."

Cheryl Bernard of Calgary got to this morning's semis and will face Crystal Webster, who beat Sonnenberg 7-5 in last night's tiebreaker.

Even though Bernard has consistently been a top money leader on the women's cashspiel circuit over the years, she won her only provincial title back in 1992.

"We've set some goals and we're reaching them so far," said Bernard, whose only round-robin losses came to Sonnenberg and King.

"To get to the semifinal has put us in a great spot."

The loss to King was a 10-2 blowout.

"We can get to bed early tonight and just focus on what we've got to do," said Bernard. "Age and experience is going to have something do with it.

"We'll be in bed long before the (tiebreaker) is decided."

Better to catch the winks early. Never know who's going to check in the room above you.


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