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Had the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team kept even a little bit closer with the Española Valley Sundevils Wednesday night, the final minutes could’ve been very different.
Los Alamos found its stroke from the floor and Española Valley couldn’t hang on to possession long enough to run any clock, making the game considerably tighter in the second half than it originally looked like it might be.
But the big hole the Hilltoppers fell into in the first half was a deep one. The Hilltoppers trailed by 19 points after two quarters and Española Valley held on for a 57-48 win at Griffith Gymnasium.
Los Alamos and Española Valley are believed to be the two teams that will duke it out for the No. 2 spot in the District 2-4A race this season, but with their win, the Sundevils have the early leg up over the Hilltoppers.
In the first quarter, Los Alamos was held to just five points. Española Valley, which features one of the best running games in the state, had it going to full effect early on and Los Alamos struggled to keep up.
“We got outhustled,” Hilltopper point guard Amber Logan said. “They got to every ball, every loose ball. We definitely came back in the second half and we ended up being the people that were getting to the ball.”
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