Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Rams Reap Rewards of Big Win.(Sports)

Byline: JAMES YODICE Of the Journal

Rio Rancho Shows Off By Silencing Bengals

Some basketball programs are fortunate enough to have a watershed moment define their seasons.

Rio Rancho's girls might have had its breakthrough Thursday night in Gallup.

The Rams' mightily impressive 49-38 victory was important on a couple of levels.

The most obvious plus is that Rio Rancho took over first place in District 1-5A by itself at 5-0. Gallup, at 4-1, hasn't gone anywhere it can't get back from, and the teams' Feb. 10 rematch in Rio Rancho, barring an unforeseen upset by Cibola, should determine the regular-season champion.

The second bonus was that Rio Rancho won in Gallup. There is nothing casual about the atmosphere at a Bengals' home game. …

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