Big 2nd half boosts 'Toppers in 2-4A opener

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By Mike Cote

It’s a rare night when the Bernalillo Spartans go down easily.
And in the first half of the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball District 2-4A opener, that appeared to be the case once again.
The Spartans held a slim lead after one quarter and were down just a point at the half.
But those tables turned quickly in the second half.
Los Alamos, employing one of the most effective transition games it has featured all season, went on a 7-0 run to open the third quarter. Bernalillo, which had been its scrappy self up to that point, never recovered beyond a scoring spurt to open the fourth quarter and the Hilltoppers rolled to a big 68-43 victory at Griffith Gymnasium.
The Hilltopper defense allowed the Spartans just four points in the third quarter, while forward Kiana Zerr and 2-guard McKenzie Logan combined for 12 of the Hilltoppers’ 18 points to bust the game open.
“We knew we needed to get a big lead,” Zerr said of her team’s mindset in the second half. “We had to pull things out. They came up on me and we were able to move the ball around…look back-door a couple of times and Kenzie could take it in most of the time.”

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