Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Rams Hit New Heights.(Sports)

Byline: James Yodice Journal Staff Writer

GIRLS STATE TOURNAMENT

McIntyre's Team Goes for State Title

Two wins away from a state championship, the Rio Rancho Rams are the new tenants in a high-rent district.

"We're the newcomer to the final four," Rams coach Bob McIntyre said.

Three of last season's semifinalists Clovis, La Cueva, Sandia are back again this year. This sort of makes Rio Rancho something of a wild card when the Class 5A girls basketball semifinals begin Friday afternoon at the Pan American Center in Las Cruces.

The fourth-ranked Rams (21-3) will be in uncharted territory when they face No. 3 Sandia (19-6) at 8:30 Friday night.

"Our kids believe they belong," said McIntyre, whose team advanced to state with a 58-52 regional victory over Hobbs on Saturday in Gallup. …

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