Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

A Banner Year?(Sports)

Byline: Will Webber Journal Staff Writer

Mora's teamwork may bring a state title and add to the decor in the school gymnasium

MORA Just inside the doors to Joseph M. Montoya Gymnasium hangs a series of large, green-and-white felt banners.

Bearing the names of players and coaches of years gone by, they celebrate state championship teams, boys and girls, from Mora High School.

Just behind the backboard of the northernmost basket is an empty space just big enough to fit one more.

"We talked about it and decided that's where our banner will go," said Bettina Jaramillo, a 5-foot-8-inch senior on the Mora girls basketball team. "We think they left that space open for whoever wins the next championship. So, we decided that space is ours."

A versatile forward, Jaramillo leads the Rangerettes in scoring, averaging 17.8 points per game. Also pulling down 9.3 rebounds per contest, she is just one reason the normally high expectations of Mora's rabid basketball fans are once again reaching a fevered pitch in this quiet town.

Ranked third in the latest Journal Coaches' Poll, the Rangerettes recently took the first step toward postseason glory by claiming the District 8-2A regular season title. With Saturday's 59-49 victory over the Clayton Yellowjackettes, Mora improved to 17-5 on the season and earned the top seed in the 8-2A tournament. …

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