Cold shooting sinks 'Toppers in opener

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By Mike Cote

It was the first game of the season, to be sure.
Tuesday night, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team opened its 2013-2014 campaign at home against the St. Michael’s Horsemen.
And while Los Alamos showed some pluck, particularly in the key, Los Alamos still has some work to do in several areas, not the least of which is shooting.
Los Alamos shot just 21.4 percent on the evening and converted just 7 of 19 attempts from the foul line as it dropped its opener 33-26 at Griffith Gymnasium.
Both teams were shaky throughout Tuesday’s contest, but the Horsemen would settle in a little better to start the second half. The Horsemen went on a 9-0 run in the first 4-plus minutes of the third quarter to break a 16-16 tie at the half and would hold onto that lead despite a mini-run to cut the lead back to 4 points early in the fourth quarter.
The Hilltoppers will have another contest against another tough Class 3A opponent to follow up Tuesday night’s loss. They will take on the Pojoaque Valley Elkettes Saturday in Jacona.
Los Alamos had plenty of chances against St. Mike’s. Its guards were able to penetrate the St. Mike’s defense and get some good looks, but the Hilltopper offense couldn’t get much to fall.

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