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The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team hung tough with the No. 1 seed in the Class 4A state tournament Friday.
Unfortunately, the Grants Pirates simply had too many weapons.
Los Alamos played hard-nosed defense in the first half of Friday’s game, limiting the looks of Grants’ most dangerous player, center Teige Zeller, near the basket.
Unfortunately, Zeller, who stands at 6-foot-2, was able to field some entry passes and get to the foul line in the first half.
Los Alamos also suffered from a cold shooting night, being held to 15 points in the first half as top-seeded Grants earned a 62-44 victory in Grants.
It was the second straight time the Hilltoppers’ season ended at Grants by an 18-point margin.
Los Alamos, which finishes 2011-12 with a mark of 12-16, had some success going to its own 6-footer, Hayley Each, who finished with a team-high 17 points. Monika Teter added nine points and Allison Crane and McKenzie Logan both finished with six.
Zeller, who spent a good portion of the night at the foul line, had 23 points Friday. Sydney Mares finished with 13 points and Julie Gallegos had 11 points.
Grants will advance to play eighth-seeded Artesia in Tuesday’s quarterfinal round in The Pit.
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