Girls basketball: Toppers dominate at home

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By Mike Cote

It may have been the first half the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team has been looking for the entire 2008-09 season.

Just three days after one of its worst offensive opening halves of the season, the Hilltoppers punished the visiting Santa Fe Demons, scoring 41 points in the first half Saturday night at Griffith Gymnasium. Los Alamos cruised in the second half, holding Santa Fe to just five points in the final quarter to win 64-39.

Los Alamos’ 41 first half points equaled or bettered its total in seven full games on the season.

It was also the second win of the season by Los Alamos over Santa Fe. Los Alamos picked up a 54-43 win over Santa Fe Dec. 11 as part of the Joe Armijo Classic tournament.

“We knew how to break down their defense,” Hilltopper wing Taylor Ealey said following Saturday’s game. “This is our highest-scoring game of the year. That really helped.”

In the fifth-place game at the Roswell Holiday Classic, which concluded Wednesday, Los Alamos managed just nine points in the first two quarters. Although Los Alamos was able to bounce back in the second half to pull out a 35-28 win over the Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals, it was hardly the offensive output it was looking for, considering its first half struggles throughout much of the season.

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