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The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team did just enough to turn back the efforts of a motivated Albuquerque Academy squad Wednesday night.
In a game that was more nuisance than anything, the Hilltoppers held on to knock off Academy’s Chargers at Griffith Gymnasium, 41-36.
The Chargers, who have never gotten on-track this season, could’ve used a big, late season victory over a top AAAA team like the Hilltoppers. The Chargers made a push in the fourth quarter to give the Hilltoppers a run for their money, but a big late bucket by point guard Tyree Richins helped secure Wednesday’s nondistrict victory.
Wednesday’s game was rescheduled from earlier this month after poor weather washed it out.
“We gave just enough energy to pull it out,” Los Alamos head coach Tarah Logan said.
The game for the Hilltoppers (17-8) came on the heels of perhaps their most emotional win of the season, Tuesday night against the Española Valley Sundevils.
The 52-48 victory gave Los Alamos a piece of the district lead. It can force a one-game playoff between the two teams with a victory over Capital Friday.
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