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Girls basketball: Toppers down Knights in OT

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team ran its current winning streak to six games with a big win over a tough Del Norte squad Friday night.

Los Alamos needed overtime, but it tripped up the visiting Del Norte Knights 59-50 Friday at Griffith Gymnasium, continuing the roll its been on for nearly three weeks.

Sarah Worland went 6-for8 from the foul line in overtime to help secure the victory.

Los Alamos trailed most of the game, but erased most of an 8-point deficit at the break by the end of the third quarter.

Del Norte had a chance to win the game in regulation, but an open layup chance by the Knights with :04 remaining went too high off the glass, putting the game into the extra period.

“It was a really exciting game,” Los Alamos head coach Tarah Logan said. “We knew it was going to be a good one. We knew it was going to be a good test to see how we’re doing.”

After a 2-4 start to the season, the Hilltoppers (10-6) have now won eight of their last 10. As of Saturday morning, only two other AAAA teams in the state not in the Four Corners area had won as many as 10 games.

Del Norte (8-7) is one of the streakiest teams in the state. It had won five straight games heading into a Jan. 8 game against Cleveland, but has since lost three straight. Immediately before its five-game win streak, it had lost three straight contests.

Despite trailing 14-9 after the first period and 26-18 at the half, Los Alamos managed to hold on to the ball fairly well. It turned the ball over just eight times in the contest, one of its best performances of the season in that department.

Hilltopper center Taylor Ealey picked up 24 points to lead the team. Worland finished with 13 and Tyree Richins, who was out sick Tuesday, missing the Hilltoppers’ win over Belen, added 9 points.

“Even though we trailed for most of the game, we told them ‘if you play with intensity, you’ll tire them out,’” Logan said. “We wore them down and that’s what happened. They started playing not to lose.”