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Logan injured, LA girls basketball falls to Cibola

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By Jose Corral

A lopsided loss in the opening round of the Albuquerque Academy Invitational might be the least of the Los Alamos girls basketball team's concerns.

Ashley Logan, the Hilltoppers leading scorer, suffered a game-ending injury during the third quarter of Los Alamos' 62-34 loss to Cibola on Thursday.

Logan appeared to injure her left knee, after falling to the floor following a shot attempt. The severity of Logan's injury is unknown, according to Los Alamos coach Josh Archuleta.

"She went back home with her parents," Archuleta said of Logan's injury. "We won't know the full extent of the injury until the doctors tell us."

Archuleta said Logan's absence energized his team in a second half that saw Los Alamos score 24 points. The 24 second-half points were the most the Hilltoppers have scored in a half this season.  

"Ironically, momentum kind of shifter after Ashley Logan went out," Archuleta said. "We played with them in the second half, but unfortunately we were already too far behind. I was proud of how they played in the second half."

The Hilltoppers second half rejuvenation wasn't enough to overcome a 34-10 halftime deficit. The 62 points that Cibola scored were a season high in points allowed for Los Alamos.

The injuries piled on for Los Alamos, after Susana Gallegos suffered a concussion. Gallegos will have to sit out 10 days, according to Archuleta. 

Senior Sienna Ahlers led Los Alamos with nine points.

The Hilltoppers played Mayfield on Friday and closed out the Academy Invitational on Saturday. For a recap of Los Alamos' performance in the invitational, check the Los Alamos Monitor's Wednesday edition.