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Heading into next week’s District 2-4A tournament, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team’s playoff fate is still very much up in the air.
The Hilltoppers made their best case Tuesday night, however, thumping the Capital Jaguars at home in their final regular season contest.
Los Alamos held Capital to just two points in the first quarter and nine points in the first half as it rolled to a 51-25 victory at Griffith Gymnasium.
The win put the Hilltoppers at 3-5 in District 2-4A play (12-14 overall) and might have helped it secure an at-large bid for the upcoming state playoffs. But even with the win, the Hilltoppers are hardly a lock to get in into the 16-team field.
Assuming there are no major surprises later this week or in the upcoming district tournaments — the six winners of which are guaranteed a playoff bid along with the regular season district race winners — it would appear there will be no more than three spots for “bubble” teams, a category that the Hilltoppers fall squarely into, along with teams such as Albuquerque Academy, Del Norte and Los Lunas.
Of the five or six bubble teams seeking an at-large bid, Los Alamos holds the tiebreaker over Albuquerque Academy in District 5 and currently holds the tiebreaker over 2-4A foe Bernalillo.
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