Self-inflicted wounds ends King's reign

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:50 AM ET

GRANDE PRAIRIE -- Cause of death ... self-inflicted wounds.

Cathy King's current two-year reign as Alberta champ ended abruptly when she dropped a 7-4 decision to Calgary's Cheryl Bernard.

Bernard was not to be denied as she pounced on a series of miscues to take her third Alberta title and leave King wondering what may have been.

"I'm disappointed Lori (Olson) and I didn't play better," said King. "We were just a little off. If you play your best and don't win, that's all you can do, right? So, they played really well and I guess that's what they had to do to beat us."

After going through last year's provincials undefeated and riding a 16-game unbeaten streak, King had looked invincible. King never recovered after giving up a steal of two in the second end when her draw ran heavy and wide.

"It started out a lot heavier that it did in a lot of the other games," said King. "I wasn't sure what to throw for draw weight in that spot. I just upped it a little bit and it ran dead-straight.

"It looked like we'd be hitting for four at one point in that end, but she made a great shot and it put us in a pickle after that."

Heck, they couldn't even put the rap on the rowdy revellers who had kept them awake Friday night with an all-night shaker in the hotel room above them.

"Maybe that's the problem ... maybe I slept too good," said King. "We all slept good and were ready to play, but it didn't happen."

King and Bernard are close personal friends, so at least watching the celebration was not as painful as it could have been.

"You know what, they deserved to win today," said King. "There's not much you can do. They came out to play, made all their shots. They were the better team today."


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