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Eldorado's Hines reaches 2,000 career points in loss to Farmington

Jan. 30—The list of girls who have achieved 2,000 career basketball points in New Mexico is a lengthy one, but Bella Hines of Eldorado on Tuesday night got there like a bullet train.

The Eagles phenom junior guard scored 37 points in a 74-53 road loss at Farmington, putting her over that rare 2,000-point threshold for her career.

She came in needing 33 against the Scorpions. Her career total stands at 2,004. Not surprisingly, she reached the magic number on a 3-pointer.

Hines, the most highly recruited girls basketball player the state has ever had — her list of Division I offers, which is 40, includes last year's national champion, LSU — reached two grand in about 2 2/3 seasons, which is a staggering rate of scoring.

Hines still has about 450 points to go before she becomes the all-time leading girls basketball scorer in the Albuquerque metro area. Bernalillo guard Juliana Aragon, who finished her playing career two years ago, has 2,456 points and is the clubhouse leader. Aragon's total ranks 10th on New Mexico's all-time scoring list.

Hines, with good health, should easily approach the vaunted 3,000-point barrier during her senior season at Eldorado, if she continues at this pace. Only four girls in the state have surpassed that total.

Talmai Aguirre of Silver is No. 1 on that list with 3,297 points.

A good number of the girls in the top 10 played five seasons; Hines will only get four maximum at Eldorado.