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January 23, 2013

Hornets' Curle reaches 1,000 points

ELLENBURG — Plattsburgh’s Marle Curle took to her varsity career like a storm when she hit the court for the first time in the 2009-10 season.

Curle scored three 3-point baskets that night in a loss to Franklin Academy and finished her season with an 11.7 points-per-game average. She has averaged double-digits in all four of her varsity seasons and on Tuesday connected on a personal milestone.



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With 13 seconds remaining in the second quarter, Curle scored on a right-handed layup to eclipse 1,000 points for her career in a 61-49 victory over Northern Adirondack in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference girls’ basketball.

“She deserves the thousand, but she is a complete player,” Hornets coach Joe Staves said. “She probably had five or six assists tonight, and she guarded their best player on defense.

“She always plays the other team’s best player, and she makes everyone else around her better. She gives 100 percent in every capacity, even practice. I have not coached a harder worker in practice than Marle Curle.”

Curle came into Tuesday’s contest needing 15 points to reach 1,000, and she totaled 29. After the first quarter she had connected on eight points, but her team trailed the Bobcats 13-12.

In the second quarter, Northern Adirondack continued its strong play, going up by as many as seven.

Curle, though, willed her team back as the Hornets pulled to within 28-27 on her 16th point of the night.

“I don’t really know how to express how I feel. Relief … happiness,” Curle said. “I am really excited.

“It definitely pays off all the work I put in during the offseason to get my 1,000th point. Getting the win really puts the icing on the cake.”

Curle kept things going in the second half and gave the Hornets the lead for good on a drive, but she received a huge helping hand from fellow senior Olivia Carlsson.

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