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With one minute remaining, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team looked well on its way to picking up its third win of the District 2AAAA season.
With 21.6 seconds remaining, everything was up in the air.
The Hilltoppers survived a scare Saturday night to pick up the victory. Christine Larribas picked off a pass on the Capital Jaguars’ side of the court to break up a potential game-tying drive and the Hilltoppers hit some big late free throws to win 58-55.
“We made it close. We made it very close,” Los Alamos guard Tina Radosevich said afterward. “It didn’t have to be that close.”
It got that close because Capital’s fifth-year starting point guard, Dominique Vigil-Lovato, had quite probably the best 60 seconds of her life.
With Los Alamos up 56-46 with 1:01 remaining, Vigil-Lovato caught fire. In those waning moments, Vigil-Lovato hit two 3-pointers, both of them off-balance, and dropped in 3 out of 4 chances at the free throw line to cut the lead all the way down to one.
The late comeback by the Jaguars was perhaps most shocking because, late in the fourth, as a team, they looked done.