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The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team came back from a 33-29 deficit Saturday to defeat the Grants Pirates 55-48 at Griffith Gymnasium.
Los Alamos held Grants to only 4 points in the third quarter to reclaim a slim lead which it would never relinquish.
It was a big win for Los Alamos Saturday, coming on the heels of a 44-37 loss to the Piedra Vista Panthers on the road the day before. Los Alamos started at the Goddard Holiday Classic today facing Portales.
With Saturday’s win, the Hilltoppers improved to 5-5 on the season and 4-2 against Class 4A teams.
Hayley Each had one of the biggest games of her career. Each, the Hilltoppers’ 6-foot-1 center, had 25 points, 17 in the first half and 11 of Los Alamos’ 13 points in the first quarter. She also finished with 14 rebounds.
The Hilltoppers had trouble finding support for Each in the first quarter — the only other Los Alamos score came on a breakaway — but Kiana Zerr, coming off the bench, came up big in the second quarter, hitting 8 of 8 from the foul line.
Zerr had 14 points — a last second bucket of hers was waved off at the buzzer — connecting on a pair of field goals in the fourth quarter to help seal the victory.
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