Girls basketball: LA tops Capital to force playoff game

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By The Staff

Eight games wasn’t enough to decide the regular season district champ, so the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team and its counterpart from Española Valley will play a ninth.

Los Alamos held up its end of the bargain in forcing a 1-game playoff Friday night against Española Valley’s Sundevils with its victory over the Capital Jaguars.

The Jaguars gave the Hilltoppers problems throughout Friday night’s first half, but the Hilltoppers made good adjustments during the break and started to pull away in the third quarter.

Los Alamos won Friday’s contest 53-44.

Meanwhile, Española Valley topped Bernalillo, as expected, by a final of 64-32. The two teams will meet Monday at Capital’s Edward Ortiz Gymnasium. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Los Alamos head coach Tarah Logan said her team’s offense was frantic throughout the first half as Capital tried to push the pace early.

“We allowed them to rush us on our shots, our passing, everything,” she said. “In the second half, we didn’t allow them to do that.”

The two teams were knotted at 9 after one quarter. Los Alamos led by just 2 at the break.

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