Girls basketball: LA wins big over Goddard Tuesday

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team bounced back from a slow shooting night to thump the Goddard Rockets Tuesday night.

Taylor Ealey continued her big showing at the Goddard Holiday Classic scoring 12 points as the Hilltoppers downed the host Rockets 52-28 Tuesday.

The tournament was scheduled to conclude today with the Hilltoppers taking on the Ruidoso Warriors. The Warriors actually had to cancel their tournament game Tuesday due to weather conditions and it was still up in the air whether they would show up in Roswell for their game with the Hilltoppers today.

Los Alamos jumped on the struggling Rockets (0-10) early, dropping in 17 points in the first quarter to their 8 points.

“The goal (Tuesday) was to pick up the level of intensity,” Los Alamos head coach Tarah Logan said. “We knew we were going to have to work on our intensity level. We wanted to score and we wanted to give people some playing time...focus on getting a lot of people on the scoreboard.”

Los Alamos held Goddard to just five points in the second quarter and five more in the third quarter to win going away.

Tuesday’s victory snapped a two-game skid for Los Alamos (5-6), which had lost in consecutive games to the No. 1-ranked and No. 2 ranked teams in Class AAAA. Los Alamos started off the tournament falling in Monday’s first round to Roswell 42-29.

Following Ealey’s 12 points – Ealey had 15 in the opener against the Coyotes – Shelby Courtright finished with 10 points and Kate Rooney had 8 coming off the bench.

The Hilltopper offense has been taking care of the ball this tournament as well. After posting a season-low 10 turnovers against Roswell Monday, Los Alamos turned the ball over just 13 times against Goddard.

Logan said that point guard Tyree Richins, who appears to be hitting her stride in recent games, has done a good job running the offense in this tournament so far.

Monday, Los Alamos connected on just 25 percent of its chances from the floor. While the shooting only improved to 34 percent Tuesday, Los Alamos was able to knock down 3 3-pointers. It hit zero against Roswell. Richins, Rooney and Kamille Chavez each hit a 3-pointer Tuesday.