Darien's Meg Marren Joins Exclusive 1,000 Point Club

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Darien's Meg Marren joined an exclusive list when she recently surpassed 1,000 career points.
Darien's Meg Marren joined an exclusive list when she recently surpassed 1,000 career points. Photo Credit: Contributed by Darien Athletic Foundation

DARIEN, Conn. –Darien High School basketball player Meg Marren joined an elite list from the school when she scored her 1,000th career point earlier this month.

Exactly how many members are on that list has been hard to determine, but you probably don’t need more than two hands to count them.

Marren topped 1,000 points for her career Feb. 13 in a 62-25 victory versus Norwalk. She is believed to be the first Darien girl to surpass the plateau since Katherine Mattison in 1998. Moreover, only three boys are known to have passed the 1,000-point milestone: Bob Staak (class of 1966), Paul Fiorita (1990) and Brendan Sullivan (2005).

Darien High athletic director Michael Sullivan said there was little information from existing records to shed light on other players who may have topped 1,000 points. Internet searches also revealed little. Records are not kept for individual scoring by the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference.

“I’m really surprised,’’ Marren said. “I didn’t know that there were so few players that scored 1,000 points.”
Marren, a senior and three-year starter, said she tried not to think about reaching the milestone. “I knew coming into the year that I had a chance, but when it came, it came,’’ Marren said. “I really didn’t want to know about it.”

One of Marren’s concerns was that by focusing on an individual achievement, it could have taken away from the team's goals. “I didn't tell many people on the team about it,’’ Marren said. “I wanted them to play their own game and have a successful team and not worry about whether I could get to 1,000.”

Marren’s career quickly is coming to a close. Darien (15-6) enters Tuesday’s Class LL tournament as the No. 11 seed. The Blue Wave host No. 22 Cheshire at 7 p.m. Tuesday. When the Blue Wave’s season is over, so will be Marren’s career. She will attend Bucknell University but will not play basketball.

“I did think about playing in college,’’ Marren said. “But I felt like I've played basketball my whole life. I’m sure there’s something else out there that I’ll really enjoy.”

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Since this was posted, former Darien boys coach Tom O'Donnell reporter that Peter Davidson and Charlie Chacos also went over 1,000 on the boys side. He also said former coach Doug Rubin told him Amy Cotta and Janice Bates from teams in the 1980s may have gone over 1,000.