Niagara Gazette — Jamie Curry has never had much trouble relating to her cousins.
It matters little that the oldest of the bunch has more than 10 years on the 17-year-old. Just give them a ball, a basket and maybe a parent to referee when the girls’ competitive personalities take over, and there’s no mistaking basketball as the basis of their family bond.
Since the oldest, Kristen, 29, played her last game for the Wilson girls basketball team over a decade ago, the name Curry has become somewhat synonymous with Lakewomen hoops.
In fact, there has been perhaps no greater beneficiary of the Curry family’s love for basketball than the Lakewomen teams for which each girl played, and starred, during their time at Wilson.
After Jamie’s cousin Nicole, now 27, continued what Kristen started two years later, Ashley (24), Kadie (22), and Molly (19), who played on the same teams as Jamie and her sister, Jessica (20), followed.
“When I was little, I used to go to all my cousin’s games,” Curry said after pointing out that not one of the parents in the family ever played basketball. “I always used to say how I wanted to be just like them and play just like them. They just kind of taught me how to play.
“Basketball is how we bonded. We would just head outside and the whole family played 3-on-3, and that’s how we communicated with each other.”
Jamie is the latest — and final — Curry to come through the Wilson pipeline. This season, in traditional Curry fashion, the Lakewomen co-captain is doing her best to live up to the name that has helped transform the Wilson girls program into a perennial Niagara-Orleans League powerhouse.
Curry, a 6-foot-tall guard, is averaging 13.7 points, 6.2 assists and 6.0 rebounds over 15 games for a first-place Lakewomen (14-1, 11-0) team that has yet to lose in the league this season.