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Hilltoppers struggle in third quarter

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Girls basketball: LA drops to 1-2 in 2-4A play, Sundevils take over 2nd place

By Mike Cote

For one half, the Los Alamos Hillltopper girls basketball team was able to hang with its arch-rival.
But in the third quarter of Wednesday’s game, Española Valley’s Sundevils held the Hilltoppers to a lone field goal to pull away and eventually win a critical District 2-4A contest.
Los Alamos went just 1-for-9 from the floor in that third quarter and turned the ball over five times. Meanwhile, Española Valley’s Lauren Quintana and Cassie Trujillo combined for nine of the team’s 15 third quarter points as the Sundevils took a 52-35 decision at Griffith Gymnasium.
The win gave the Sundevils sole possession of second place in the 2-4A standings with five regular season district contests remaining.
The loss for Los Alamos was its second double-digit defeat in consecutive district contests. It’s unlikely the Hilltoppers can weather another defeat in district and maintain any realistic shot at the regular season title.
Los Alamos and Española Valley, longtime rivals, tend to win against each other in bunches.
Los Alamos had two long winning streaks over Española Valley in the late 1990s and mid-2000s, but the Sundevils currently have beaten Los Alamos in 11 of their last 12 meetings.


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