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In a matter of minutes, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team went from solid lead to almost certain overtime to a chance to win with under two seconds remaining Friday night.
In the process, the Hilltoppers picked up an important win over a Class 4A opponent, something it badly needed.
After an offensively-sluggish contest, the Hilltoppers started to pull away from the St. Pius X Sartans midway through the fourth quarter Friday, taking a 31-23 lead with about five minutes to go. The Sartans, who had gotten little going on their side of the court for the bulk of the contest, put together a rally that would tie the score with just 6.0 seconds left.
But, with Los Alamos struggling to get down the court before the buzzer, a pair of Sartans inexplicably hacked Hilltopper guard Marissa Higdon in the backcourt with just 1.9 second remaining. That gave Higdon a 1-and-1 chance at the foul line.
“Relax. That was all we were talking about in the huddle, was just relax,” Higdon said as she strode to the stripe. “We’ve practiced these so much, there was no way you can’t make it.”
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