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LA tripped up by Los Lunas in The Pit

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By Mike Cote

ALBUQUERQUE – A barrage of 3-pointers in the second quarter put the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team in a deficit going into the break Tuesday afternoon.
Despite a couple of pushes in the second half, the Hilltoppers weren’t able to sustain enough offense to make their opponents, the Los Lunas Tigers, really sweat.
Los Lunas, the No. 1 seed in the Class 4A tournament, bounced Los Alamos in Tuesday’s quarterfinal round at The Pit, winning 57-44.
Despite the loss in the one and only game of her career in The Pit, Los Alamos senior Erin Kirk said she wasn’t terribly disappointed with the outcome because of how far the Hilltoppers had gotten.
“Looking back on our season, we shouldn’t have been in the top 9 at all,” said Kirk, a three-year starter for Los Alamos. “With the tightness of this team, with us trusting each other, that’s what it took for us to get here.”
Los Alamos’ stated goal since head coach Ann Stewart took over the program in January was to get to the quarterfinal round and the team was able to do just that this season, the first time the Hilltoppers had advanced beyond the opening playoff round since 2009-10.


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