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SANTA FE Gerry Washburn made no bones about it. Jeremy Newton threw him a curve ball.
I take full responsibility for the first quarter, Washburn, head coach of the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls varsity basketball team, said after Wednesdays game against Capital. They had a good game plan. I didnt expect them to press us...theyd probably been practicing the press all season and waited for the right time to roll it out.
Capitals full-court pressure may have come as a bit of a surprise, but the Hilltoppers only needed one quarter to adjust.
Hilltopper two-guard Sarah Ethridge, who dropped down into the low post several times in the second half, paced three Los Alamos players in double-figures with 21 points as the Toppers earned a 60-46 win at Edward Ortiz Gymnasium.
Wednesday nights win firmly buckled Los Alamos in the drivers seat in the District 2AAAA regular season title race. That district win was the third for Los Alamos in as many tries, and the second district win on the road for the squad.
However, no one around the Hilltopper squad is ready to start celebrating just yet.
Theres a long way to go, team captain Ethridge said. We have to take it one game at a time.
After the struggles in the first quarter, in which Los Alamos managed just seven points and turned the ball over six times, the game was all Hilltoppers.
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