King losing sleep at Scotties

CON GRIWKOWSKY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:09 AM ET

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

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

"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."

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.

Cheryl Bernard of Calgary got into this morning's semis and will face the winner of last night's late tiebreaker between Sonnenberg and Crystal Webster.

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."


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