Girls basketball: LA drops Holiday Classic opener to Roswell, 42-29

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By The Staff

Once again, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team’s defense came up big in a big game.

Unfortunately, the Hilltoppers’ offense again couldn’t match the performance on the other end of the floor Monday night in Roswell.

In the first round of the Goddard Holiday Classic Monday night, Los Alamos held the No. 2-ranked Roswell Coyotes to just 27 points through three quarters of play, but managed just 23 points during that same time span. The Coyotes rallied in the fourth quarter to pick up a 42-29 victory.

Los Alamos shot just 25 percent from the field Monday night against Roswell, the second top-two opponent it has faced in as many games. Los Alamos lost to top-ranked Kirtland Central 54-39 a week earlier, holding the powerful Broncos’ offense to just four points in the third quarter.

The Hilltoppers (4-6) played the host Goddard Rockets at 3 p.m. today – results weren’t available at press time – and will finish off the three-day tournament with an 11 a.m. meeting Wednesday against Ruidoso.

The Holiday Classic was originally supposed to be a standard 8-team bracket, but Kirtland Central and Capital both dropped out of the bracket just a few days ago. Capital is a District 2AAAA rival of Los Alamos.

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