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Cherry Hill East's Boisvert closing in on 1,000 points

The amazing part is the Cougars' star passes way more than she shoots.

Cherry Hill East's Marie Boisvert needs just 150 points to reach the 1,000-point milestone. East is off to a 2-0 start this season.
Cherry Hill East's Marie Boisvert needs just 150 points to reach the 1,000-point milestone. East is off to a 2-0 start this season.Read moreRON CORTES / Staff Photographer

The conversation still stands out, because it's just not the type most high school basketball coaches have with a player on the verge of scoring 1,000 career points.

When thinking about how much Marie Boisvert means to her Cherry Hill East team, coach Kim Keyack quickly pointed to one of the senior forward's few weaknesses.

"She passes the ball way too much," Keyack said. "I had to go to her last year, sit her down, and say, 'Look, Marie, you should be taking 15 shots a game.' The first thing she does is look for someone else.

"The thing with Marie is that she's just such an unselfish player. It's hard to believe that she's going to score 1,000 points."

Of course, the problem is often masked by the fact that the 5-foot-9 Boisvert, who stands fewer than 150 points from her goal of 1,000, has been surrounded by talented players to dish the ball to.

Until this season, those talented players included Boisvert's sister, Genevieve.

The two forwards combined to form a lethal scoring combination last season.

Off the court, Marie Boisvert is still admittedly adjusting to life now that her sister is away at college. On the court, you would never be able to tell.

"When I came in this year, I knew it was going to be a tough adjustment," Marie Boisvert said, "because I played with my sister since middle school. But so far it's been working out really well."

Though Cherry Hill East, ranked No. 4 in The Inquirer's South Jersey Top 10, entered the season with a talented roster, Boisvert is still largely considered the leader on the team.

And she's quick to show why on the court.

Boisvert can hit the three, drive to the hoop, rebound, and, when it's time to ice a win late in the fourth quarter, is one of the most reliable free-throw shooters in South Jersey.

Not to mention her ever-improving passing skills.

"Even though we're fortunate to have quite a few girls who can score, she's the centerpiece of our team," Keyack said. "And she just keeps getting better all the time.

"She's a better outside shooter this year. And I think she's more aggressive going to the basket."

Defenses are starting to key on Boisvert more and more. But the pressure surrounding her and the high expectations surrounding the team don't seem to bother Boisvert.

Cherry Hill East is off to a 2-0 start and is outscoring opponents, 118-81.

"I think all of the seniors on the team are leaders," Boisvert said. "So I don't look at it like there's pressure on just one person. Everyone has a role.

"We're just trying to take it day by day and game by game and we'll see what happens."

As for her personal goals, Boisvert concedes she's looking forward to scoring her 1,000th point.

But, true to her nature, she's not going to force anything.

"I am trying to look for myself a little more, as [Keyack] tells me," Boisvert said. "But I definitely try not to be a selfish person, so whenever someone is open, I'll give it up."