Alberta's King battles down to last shot

TED WYMAN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:39 PM ET

ST. JOHN'S, Nfld. -- Even at the most disappointing moment, Cathy King was able to stand tall. The Alberta skip had just been eliminated from the Scott Tournament of Hearts after losing a tie-breaker 5-3 to Ontario's Jenn Hanna, but she simply couldn't complain about her team's effort.

King curled 95% in the tie-breaker, and the team came in at 88%, but that simply wasn't good enough in the long run.

"If you curl 95% and you lose, what can you say? You did your best," King said.

"I would have had to curl 100% to beat her, because I didn't miss anything up until the last shot, and my team played awesome."

King, the 1998 Canadian champion from Edmonton could have made the playoff outright on Thursday but lost her last round-robin game to Hanna and then couldn't get past the hot shot Ontario skip yesterday.

"They beat us twice, and they deserve to be there," King said. "We put all kinds of pressure on them and (Hanna) came through and kept making all the shots for them. She's an awesome curler, that Jenn Hanna. She saved them a few times."

King, third Lori Armistead, second Raylene Rocque and lead Tracy Bush had a wild week in St. John's, starting out 0-2 and falling to 1-3 early before rallying to contend for first place. Had they beaten Manitoba on Wednesday night, they would have been in a five-way tie for first at 6-3. Instead they fell to 5-4 and nearly dropped right out of the playoff picture.

After losing to Hanna Thursday, King thought her team was done, but they squeaked into a tie-breaker and tried to make the most of their second chance.

"We thought, hey, we've got another shot at this, let's go do our best," King said. "We played really well. I'm really proud of my team ... they curled awesome this last game."

The game really came down to King's last rock in the 10th, where she would have had to make an absolute pistol to save the game.

"I had a really tough shot with my last one," she said. "I had to play and angle-raise and try to pick it through a hole, and it didn't curl up enough."

King, 45, was happy with the efforts of her new teammates and hopes the squad will stay together for another year.

And does she expect to be back at the Scott sometime soon?

"You bet. I'm not done yet."


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