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Brittany Curl of Absarokee

Brittany Curl of Absarokee is seen during a game on Dec. 16 at the Shrine Auditorium in Billings. The senior has signed to play basketball at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D.

Brittany Curl says she’s never really been intimidated by anything.

She’s proving that by following in the footsteps of a legend, who just happens to be her mother.

The Absarokee senior is headed to Black Hills State next fall, the same Spearfish, S.D., school where her mother Dawn started every game of her career and finished as the school’s all-time leading scorer and second-leading rebounder (by just one rebound, incidentally). In all, Brittany said, her mom holds “something like 15 records there.”

“It’s crazy,” Brittany added. “I guess I didn’t really realize how big she was (at Black Hills State) until I was in high school. Someone did a documentary on the top 10 players in South Dakota, and she was in that. Everybody there calls her ‘Legend.’ “

Dawn Curl, who is in her first season as the Absarokee coach, acknowledges it will be difficult for her daughter to replicate her own career, which spanned from 1985-‘89.

That doesn’t mean Brittany won’t try, however.

“Obviously, basketball is a different game than what it was back then,” said Brittany, who narrowed her final choice to Black Hills State over Idaho State. “I just want to go there and get better in the four years and try to improve my game as much as I can.

“I think it’s just motivation to try to break her records ... At least one of them.”

She ended the last part of that sentence with a chuckle, but the 6-foot-1 Brittany has been no laughing matter to opposing defenses during her Absarokee career. She’s been named a Class C all-state player each of the past two seasons, and through six games this year, averages 25 points and 11 rebounds with a solid mix of an inside and perimeter game.

Teams usually try to contain Brittany with a box-and-one or even a triangle-and-two defense. Rarely does she see a straight man-to-man defense, and that’s something she’s looking forward to playing against in college.

In the meantime, the Huskies are off to 4-2 start this season and face Harlowton-Ryegate on Saturday in a matchup of 6C unbeatens. Both teams are 4-0 in league play, but the Huskies have yet to beat the Engineers during Brittany Curl’s four years at Absarokee.

“We have our ups and downs, but it’s getting better,” Brittany said of her team’s season. “It’s a work in progress, but hopefully by tournament time we’ll be pretty good.”

As for setting any Black Hills State records when she gets there, we’ll just have to wait and see if it will be a case of like mother, like daughter.

“I sure would hope so,” Dawn Curl said with a laugh. “I’m on Cloud Nine. I’m just so happy that she’s going there.”

Back at it

For those bold enough to predict before the season began which Billings team would be the best, the pre-Christmas break head-to-head results didn’t clear things up very much.

Central opened the season with a one-point win over Skyview; Skyview then went on to a two-point win over Senior; then Senior turned around and beat Central by 10 points just before the break.

The intracity matchups return this week when defending State AA champion West (3-2) jumps into the fray by hosting Skyview (3-3) on Thursday.

Some of the key matchups for that game: West will have to deal with Skyview post Tenika Capouch, who is averaging 18.7 points, while the Lady Falcons’ defense will need to slow what has been a good start offensively for the Lady Bears. West is averaging 58.8 points per game.

Fast breaks

The Laurel Locomotives get a chance to dig themselves out of an early hole when they travel to Miles City on Friday. Laurel, which entered the season with high hopes, is 0-2 in the Eastern A, while Miles City is 2-0 heading into Thursday’s game at Billings Central. ... Speaking of the Eastern A, it’s already proving to be an unpredictable league. How about Hardin losing to Miles City by one point, losing to Glendive by 22, then beating Laurel, the preseason league favorite, by five? ... Sidney coach Craig Bowen officially resigned on Monday. The Sidney Herald reported that Superintendent of Schools Daniel Farr said at a school board committee meeting that Bowen’s resignation was “purely for personal reasons.” Bowen, who was in his first season at Sidney, initially resigned Dec. 16, but made the decision permanent earlier this week. Bowen’s father, Jeff, will serve as coach of the Eagles, who are 1-3 heading into Thursday’s game at Glendive.

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