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LA girls hoops go winless in tourney

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By Jose Corral

The Los Alamos girls basketball team concluded the Joe Armijo Basketball Tournament in Albuquerque with two tough Class 6A Las Cruces-based opponents.
After dropping the tournament opener to Cibola on Thursday, the Hilltoppers fell to Mayfield 54-20 in the consolation bracket on Friday. In the seventh place game on Saturday, Los Alamos dropped a 67-48 decision to Oñate.
Friday’s game featured Mayfield senior Jayce Gorzeman, who’s verbally committed to play for the University of Portland. Gorzeman and company never allowed the Hilltoppers get in the game and gave Los Alamos its fourth consecutive loss.
The Hilltoppers were more successful offensively on Saturday, scoring a season-high 48 points against the Knights. Los Alamos trailed 18-10 after the first quarter before outscoring Oñate 14-13 in the second quarter, cutting the Knights lead to 31-24 at halftime. Oñate then outscored Los Alamos 36-24 in the second half.
The Hilltoppers fell to 3-7 after the last-place finish with a game against Hope Christian pending.   
Finishing the tournament against two of the premier players in the state was a good opportunity for the Hilltoppers to test their depth without its leading scorer Ashley Logan, who suffered a knee injury during Thursday’s opener and was out for the remainder of the tournament.
Toppers face top players: Gorzeman wasn’t the only big time player Los Alamos had to face during the weekend. In the opener, the Hilltoppers faced Cibola’s Amaya Brown, who’s praised as the state’s top player and has offers from UCLA, Arizona State, Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Florida State, Kansas and TCU. In the finale against Oñate, Los Alamos had to deal with Jayden Perez who has offers from New Mexico, New Mexico State, UTEP and Abilene Christian.