PLATTSBURGH — As Marle Curle pushes the ball down the court with time winding down in the first half, she puts a finger in the air and calls out, “One shot.”
The Plattsburgh High School senior calmly dribbles across half court, one eye on the clock, one eye on the defender.
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Her call was made so her teammates would know someone is shooting as time as expires, but she may as well have yelled, “My shot.”
With 10 seconds left she raises up from beyond the arc for a 3-pointer her team won’t need tonight — a 60-25 victory over Lake Placid Dec. 19.
It clangs off the rim.
Before anyone has had a chance to scoop up a rebound, Curle has already zipped her slight frame into the lane to pick up the ball herself and take another shot as time expires.
This one, too, doesn’t fall. But the play reveals just what kind of player Curle is: a general, who controls the game from the top and down low.
Teams know she will have the ball in her hands and will more than likely take the shot.
But Curle will say she’s not the star craving the ball and the attention. She’s a team player, trying to lead Plattsburgh to its first Section VII title since 2004.
“I love to create for my teammates because it’s really fulfilling to see your team do well. But I also like to do well myself. I would consider myself the scoring team player,” Curle said.
Already this season she is averaging 23 points per game. She currently sits at 938 points and is on pace to reach 1,000 points Jan. 24.
While she dominates the scoring column, Curle is not an imposing figure without the ball in her hands. She is tall enough to defend players in the post, though her wiry frame doesn’t indicate she can beat bodies with some of the CVAC’s bigger players.