Girls basketball: Toppers rout Warriors in Holiday Classic final

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team managed to give the defending Class AAAA champion Roswell Coyotes a good run for their money, but only for one quarter.

The Hilltoppers and Coyotes were deadlocked after one quarter in Wednesday’s second round of the Poe Corn Invitational, but the Coyotes put together a good second quarter push.

Los Alamos came out of the locker room after the half with little energy and Roswell took advantage, putting Wednesday night’s game out of reach.

Roswell, the top-ranked school in Class AAAA according to the most recent statewide coaches’ poll, prevailed Wednesday 68-41. Roswell outscored Los Alamos 20-8 in the second period and held Los Alamos to just seven points in the third.

The Coyotes (7-1) are scheduled to face the undefeated Belen Eagles (5-0) tonight in the Poe Corn championship game. Los Alamos will take on Goddard in today’s third-place game.

Alex Kirk led Los Alamos with 15 points Wednesday night. Kirk grabbed 9 rebounds, had 6 blocked shots and finished with 3 assists as well.

Also for the Hilltoppers, seniors Austin Wolstein and Zach Parks both finished with 12 points. Parks had 3 assists and Wade Archuleta finished with 5 rebounds.

Hilltopper head coach Alan Kirk said the Coyotes are well deserving of their top ranking in AAAA.

“They fast break very well,” he said. “They have a very balanced attack. They’re a very good team. They’re the defending state champs with everybody back. They’re very experienced and they’re very skilled.”

Kirk said he didn’t think his defense played poorly Wednesday, but Roswell’s offense proved difficult to stop.

Wednesday’s loss snapped a four-game win streak for the Hilltoppers (10-3) and was their first loss to a Class AAAA team this season. The Hilltoppers knocked off the Valenica Jaguars in Tuesday’s opening round of the Poe Corn.