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Throughout the preseason, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team has emphasized team play.
The Hilltoppers ran it to near-perfection at home Thursday night.
Los Alamos played swarming pressure defense throughout its contest against the Albuquerque Academy Chargers Thursday, forcing 17 first half turnovers, while doing all the little things to get open looks at the basket on the offensive end.
The Hilltoppers jumped out to a big lead early in the contest and never looked back, taking a 54-22 decision over the visiting Chargers at Griffith Gymnasium.
Struggling to get through Los Alamos’ pressure, Academy went nearly 13 minutes in the second and third quarters without a field goal. Academy coughed up the ball 11 times in the second quarter and Los Alamos built up a 35-9 lead early in the third.
Los Alamos was able to take advantage of its bigger bodies in the paint, with center Monika Teter getting off to a hot start in the first half – she played only sparingly in the second half – dropping in eight points to lead all scorers at the break.
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