Girls basketball: Topper defense stymies Demons

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LA holds Santa Fe to three points in third quarter, Logan scores 11

By Mike Cote

Just three days after getting all 10 of its players in the scoring column, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team got nine of 10 on the board.
Friday against the Santa Fe Demons, Los Alamos turned in another excellent, team-oriented offensive showing. The team defense wasn’t too bad, either.
Using a balanced scoring attack, the Hilltoppers dominated the Santa Fe Demons, picking up a 47-32 victory to improve to 2-0 in District 2AAAA play.
Los Alamos held Santa Fe to just three points in the third quarter after allowing the Demons just five in the second quarter to roll to the victory.
In those same two quarters, Los Alamos scored 23 points.
“In practice, we’ve been working hard to get our offense going,” Los Alamos center Monika Teter said. “We’re getting our offense down, we’re getting our passes down. It’s really good.”
Once again Friday, the Hilltoppers got good production from their bench. Anna Scott, who helped spark a rally in the second quarter of Tuesday’s district opener at Bernalillo, again helped get the Hilltoppers cranked up. Scott dropped in a pair of buckets in the second quarter, one she took coast-to-coast off a steal at the top of the Santa Fe key.
Scott, a sophomore, and freshman McKenzie Logan turned in solid minutes for the Hilltoppers, with Logan finishing as the team’s leading scorer.
Logan dropped in 11 points, converting a pair of quick buckets in the first period, the second of which gave the Hilltoppers (8-10 overall) an 8-7 lead they would never relinquish.
Meanwhile, Los Alamos’ defense held Santa Fe (9-11 overall, 0-2 in 2AAAA) to just 10 of 47 shooting from the floor Friday (21.3 percent). Santa Fe only got into double-figures scoring in the final quarter with the game’s outcome no longer in doubt.
Santa Fe was led by Miriah Solano’s 10 points. Solano didn’t have a whole lot of support from the rest of the Demons, partly because teammate Gabby Garcia spent the majority of the night in foul trouble.
For Los Alamos, following Logan, Tina Radosevich and Hayley Each had eight points apiece. Each also had a team-high eight rebounds.
One looming problem for the Hilltoppers, winners of five of their last six, could come into play Wednesday when they take on the two-time defending district champion Española Valley Sundevils. The Hilltoppers turned the ball over 23 times against the Demons – who had plenty of turnover issues themselves Friday.
The Sundevils are among the best teams in the state of knocking the ball out of dribblers’ hands and converting those into points on the other end.
Los Alamos understand the challenge Española Valley poses and knows it needs to be ready.
“We need to stay together,” said Teter, who had five points Friday night. “We need to pick each other up, have each other’s back.”