Girls basketball: LA will return size, experience

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By Mike Cote

Heading into the start of the 2009-10 season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team has good reason to feel good about itself.

And its opener could be a window into seeing how good the team might be.

The Hilltoppers will open the season Saturday afternoon on the road when they face the Pojoaque Elks, the defending state Class AAA champions.

With all but two players returning from last season’s team, Los Alamos thinks it should be ready to go right from the opening tip.

“We’re playing a lot together,” Hilltopper forward Kate Rooney said. “We have been playing together for a really long time and we’re really having a lot of fun with it. We’re looking forward to Pojoaque.”

Rooney is one of seven seniors on the opening night roster, all of whom saw minutes with the varsity squad in 2008-09.

Los Alamos has a solid collection of athletes and is hoping to take full advantage of it this season. It will be looking to play a running, up-tempo game, something that’s unusual to see from a team with five players listed at 5-foot-8 or above.

The mix of size and speed is something the team hopes will confound its opponents.

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