When Laneah Bryan arrived on the scene for the 2012-2013 high school girls basketball season, there was some anticipation as to how good she would be for the Franklin Cougars. On Wednesday afternoon she will mark the end of her time with Franklin in many respects. She will sign with the University of New Mexico to continue to her basketball career.
Bryan helped lead the Cougars to two postseason apperances, two playoff wins and a District 1-5A title as a senior. She was a two-time El Paso Times' Player of the Year and deservedly so. She did a lot of positive things for the Cougars. She proved to be a strong scorer, she could be assist person when she had to and she just played hard all the time.
She was good as a junior, but really good as a senior and that was what got her attention from Division I schools. She improved her offensive game during her final season and she played with great intensity. Who knows how successful Bryan will be at the next level. She must continue to improve on defense and continue to add variety to her offensive game. But she has earned the chance to play Division I basketball because of the time she put in the gym and because of her love for the game. She also gets to go back home to play for the Lobos and that will be something she remembers for the rest of her life. It's not everyday, kids get to back home after leaving.