March 1, 2013

Hornets, Eagles to clash in Class B hoops final today

PLATTSBURGH — The Section VII Class B girls’ basketball final between rivals Plattsburgh High and Beekmantown should be an interesting matchup.

The two teams split their regular-season series, as the Eagles defeated the Hornets in the first game 48-43, while Plattsburgh took the second game 67-56.

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The Hornets, a more veteran team, feed off of their defensive tenacity and love to shoot the ball behind the arc.

The team has all five starters from last season back and is led by a seasoned senior group that includes team scoring leader Marle Curle, Brin Keyser, Olivia Carlsson and Cierra Duquette.

“We have a core of four seniors this season, three of which have been playing together for the last two years,” coach Joe Staves said. “Our experience helps us; we understand each other pretty well.”

Curle has been the Hornets’ best player all season. She averages 22.2 points per game, leads the team in 3-point shooting, shares ball-handling duties at the point and also is used to defend the other team’s best offensive player.

“She has played very hard defense all year,” Staves said. “We asked her to work hard defensively and rebound.”

Beekmantown, on the other hand, has just one senior on its roster. However, the Eagles returned eight players, including all five starters, from last year’s squad that played in the Class B final.

“Yes we are a young team, but we were in the finals last year, so hopefully that experience will help us this time out,” coach Greg Waters said.

Sophomore Shannon Ryan, who has led the Eagles all season, is averaging nearly 24 points a game. The 6-foot-3 Ryan is a force on the block and on the boards. In her first game this season against Plattsburgh, Ryan recorded 27 points in the victory. In the second matchup, Ryan tied her season high with 38 points as the Eagles lost on the road.

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