LA has big 1st half but Demons prevail

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By Mike Cote

A pair of very good quarters put together by the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team got it upset-minded Wednesday night.
But the No. 1 team in the state rallied with a big third quarter to regain the advantage and ultimately take the contest.
Los Alamos had Santa Fe back on its heels after one half, using solid interior defense and an effective up-tempo game that the Demons had trouble figuring out.
But the bigger, stronger Demons got settled into their very effective half-court offense when they could and forced a couple of key turnovers in the third quarter as they would ultimately prevail 48-40 at Griffith Gymnasium.
The Demons had won 19 straight games prior to being upset last weekend at home against Española Valley and needed a win in Los Alamos to keep pace with the Sundevils for the District 2-4A lead.
But the Demons haven’t exactly feasted against the Hilltoppers this season. Along with getting a scare Wednesday, the Demons didn’t dominate on the scoreboard when the two teams played late last month in Santa Fe.
“It was a good first half,” Hilltopper head coach Ann Stewart said. “We did the things we talked about in practice. We had a let-down in the third quarter…this may not have been a win on the scoreboard, but it was a win in my book tonight.”

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