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To wrap up a trying December, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team will head down to Roswell to compete in the Goddard Holiday Classic tournament.
The Hilltoppers will take on the Class AAA Tohatchi Cougars in the first round of the Goddard tournament, which starts Monday.
In the tournament, which continues through New Year’s Eve, Los Alamos will be one of five Class AAAA teams taking part. A pair of AAA teams — Las Vegas Robertson is the other — and Class AAAAA Carlsbad also accepted tournament invitations.
The Cougars (2-3) have been on the short end of a pair of ugly losses this season, but their two victories on the season were impressive wins over decent squads, Socorro and Silver.
Tohatchi doesn’t match up very well with Los Alamos in the height department — its tallest player, Jovanna Thomas, is listed at 5-foot-6 — but coming from the northeastern part of the state, speed and pressure is more of its game.
Los Alamos (4-5), for its part, split its two most recent outings, those coming Dec. 19 and 20 against two teams from District 1AAAA, centered in the Four Corners area.
Los Alamos picked up a 37-28 home victory over Piedra Vista Dec. 19, earning a bit of revenge against the squad that knocked it out of the state playoffs earlier than expected. The following night, at Aztec, the Hilltoppers attempted to come back from a 13-point deficit after the first half, but the rally fell one point short. Aztec’s Tigers held on for a 41-40 win.
Los Alamos has so far played eight games in the month of December and, considering its strength of schedule, head coach Tarah Logan said she felt good that her squad was just a game below .500 to this point of the season.
The Hilltoppers started out the season 1-3, their lone victory came over the St. Michael’s Horsemen on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Taylor Ealey.
At Goddard, Los Alamos will either play Santa Teresa (currently 6-7) or Goddard (currently 0-6) Tuesday, but the scheduled start time is dependent on which team wins Monday night’s game.
Also at the tournament is Capital (1-7), Los Alamos’ District 2AAAA foe. Capital is on the opposite end of the bracket, however, and the two teams couldn’t possibly meet until the final round.
Here is the schedule for Monday’s first round of the Goddard Holiday Classic:
Capital vs. Roswell, 5 p.m.
Carlsbad vs. Las Vegas Robertson, 1 p.m.
Los Alamos vs. Tohatchi, 3 p.m.
Santa Teresa vs. Goddard, 7 p.m.