Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Young Guns Blazing.(Sports)

Byline: Eric Butler For the Journal

* Freshmen and sophomores are making an early and impressive impact in New Mexico high school girls basketball

One scan of the statistical charts in New Mexico girls basketball reveals an interesting pattern, one that's especially true for the largest class of high schools.

While senior leadership often is touted as an important asset, several of the state's playoff-bound teams are being paced in scoring, anyway by girls who have only recently learned where their lockers are located.

Not transfers, but sophomores and freshmen are the impetus behind state tournament drives. And it starts right at the top.

Hobbs sophomore Adrianne Ross, after a year living in Midland, Texas, has returned to the southeast New Mexico city to spring an average of 22.4 points per game upon the opposition a figure that leads the state.

Ross was a semi-legend in Hobbs before she left town to accompany her mother on a work-related transfer. …

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