Girls basketball: Toppers survive a scare in Taos

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By The Staff

The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team survived a closer-than-expected contest Friday night at Taos.

In the first game of the second leg of the District 2AAAA season, the Hilltoppers had to work hard in the fourth quarter to shake Taos’ Tigers. The Tigers cut the Hilltopper lead down to just one point in the third quarter. But a 20-point final quarter by the Hilltoppers gave them a 52-41 victory on the road.

“That’s the best game I’ve seen Taos play, ever,” Los Alamos head coach Tarah Logan said. “They put good pressure on the ball and made some really good runs at us and we let them back in...but we knuckled-down when we had to.”

The win gave Los Alamos the regular season sweep over Taos, although the teams could potentially meet in the district tournament in three weeks.

Los Alamos held Taos to just 13 points in the first half, but a slow offensive start kept it from capitalizing on a good defensive effort. It scored just 19 points in the same span.

Then, as the Tigers (7-16 overall, 1-4 in 2AAAA) started to make a mini-run, the Hilltoppers called a timeout to get things focused back to what the team does best, namely playing good defense and taking high-percentage shots.

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