Prep hoops: Highland's Licon passes Alford on three-pointers-made list

Feb. 28—Highland's fantastic junior shooting guard, Jesus Licon, on Monday night made four 3-pointers in the Hornets' District 5-4A playoff victory over St. Pius.

He has made 132 from distance so far this season, which is significant for this reason: He jumped over La Cueva's Bryce Alford on the state's all-time single-season list.

Alford buried 131 three-pointers during the 2012-13 season, and was, until Licon, ranked No. 4 all-time.

Licon is now tied for third on the single-season list, equal with Dre Montoya of Magdalena (2013-14).

Licon is just about certain to vault into the No. 2 spot before the season ends; 136 ranks second. Springer's prolific Isaiah DeHerrera, with 164 (2008-09), holds the top spot.

MILESTONES: Rio Grande's talented big man, Santiago Gonzalez, has reached a pair of handsome numbers. He not only achieved 1,000 career points with the Ravens, but he also has 500 rebounds at Rio Grande.

Others to also reach 1,000 career points in recent days include Atrisco Heritage guard Marquise Renfro and Santa Fe High guard Lukas Turner.

Meanwhile, Eldorado guard Bella Hines has become the school's all-time leading scorer, regardless of gender, as she has passed Cullen Neal.

STATE PASSES: The state basketball tournament begins with first-round games on March 8-9; the action moves to the metro area the following week, March 12-16.

The NMAA is selling tournament passes, at $155 for a general pass.

They will be sold only by phone on a first-come, first-serve basis. They will not be available to purchase in person.

Call the NMAA at 505-923-3266. The deadline to buy the passes is noon on Thursday, March 7.

The brackets for this year's state basketball tournament are due to be announced by the NMAA late Sunday afternoon.