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The Los Alamos Hillltopper girls basketball team bounced back from a rough outing Thursday to upend a long-standing rival Friday.
Los Alamos put together perhaps its most complete game of the young 2009-10 season to top the St. Pius X Sartans 49-44 in the consolation bracket of the Joe Armijo Invitational Tournament.
That tournament, hosted by Albuquerque Academy, concluded Saturday with the Hilltoppers falling to the Hope Christian Huskies in the fifth-place game. The Hilltoppers led most of the way but two late free throws awarded to Hope on a call Los Alamos head coach Tarah Logan disagreed with gave the Huskies a 33-32 victory.
Despite Saturday’s loss and a lopsided loss in the first round to Sandia, Logan thought things went alright for her group.
“I’m pleased with the way things are going,” she said. “Thursday we played a really tough team, (Friday) we played a really good game and (Saturday) we played a good game, but the chips didn’t fall our way at the end.”
Hilltopper forward Shelby Courtright was named to the All-Tournament Team Saturday. She finished Saturday’s game with 13 points and 7 rebounds.
During the early part of the decade, Los Alamos and St. Pius were intra-district rivals and had some knock-down, drag-out meetings during that time.
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