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'Toppers down Pirates at home Saturday

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By Mike Cote

The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team made a big third quarter stand and hit shots down the stretch when it needed to, picking up a key win Saturday.

Los Alamos held the Grants Pirates to four points and one field goal in the third quarter, slowing to a crawl what had been an efficient offensive attack in the first half to win 55-48 at Griffith Gymnasium.

Kiana Zerr posted her best performance of the season, scoring 14 points and hitting eight straight free throws at one stretch to aid Hayley Each, who had another big night for the Hilltoppers (5-5).

Each scored 17 points in the first half and 25 for the contest. She hit all four of her free throw attempts in the final quarter, including both ends of a key 1-and-1 chance to help seal the victory.

Saturday’s win came on the heels of a 44-37 loss Friday night to Piedra Vista.

For Grants (6-3), Sydney Mares had 17 points and Haley Hall had 13. However, the Pirates were held to just two field goals in the second half, although did go 26 of 41 from the foul line.