Bloomfield forward joining EspaƱola program

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BLOOMFIELD — Alyssa Quintana can be a tricky matchup for opposing defenders on the basketball court.

The Bloomfield forward fights for quick points off of put-backs, and she can also fall back to the perimeter and drain key outside shots.

And now she will join Northern New Mexico College's front court, which has spent the past couple of years stocking up on posts with her particular skill set, after signing her letter of intent with the Eagles today.

 Although scholarship details are still being ironed out, she's guaranteed a roster spot at NNMC, a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics program in Española.

"I can't stop smiling, and I'm glad to proceed my basketball career. I'm going to be fired up," Quintana said. "Being able to shoot away from and (at) the rim, then it's going to be a problem (for opponents). I didn't think I could (shoot 3s), but I can."

NNMC coach Tony Gallegos, who was present at the signing, said he expects Quintana will help his squad out from Day 1 attacking the offensive glass.

"We watched her in the state tournament, and we saw she could really do some damage in (the high post). (She) had great instincts as far as getting to the basket," Gallegos said.

Quintana was named to 5A's second All-State girls basketball team last season.

Quintana said she wants to improve her ball handling even more when attacking the basket, as well her jump shot. Quintana also said she wants to have an even quicker release with her 3-point shot.

"Instead of doing (just) my simple hook shot, I want to do more," Quintana said. "I want to work on grabbing the ball and having that moment that you know (frequent 3-pointers are) going to happen."

Matt Hollinshead covers sports for the Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.

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