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The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team fried the Moriarty Pintos Saturday night but a tougher test awaits tonight.
Los Alamos picked up its second win of the year over a Class 4A team as it thumped Moriarty. Los Alamos held Moriarty to just four points in the first half and cruised to a 57-26 victory at Griffith Gymnasium.
The Pintos connected on just one field goal in the first half and the Hilltopper defense forced 19 first half turnovers to build a 31-4 lead at the break. The Hilltoppers played mostly their bench players in the second half.
Tonight, however, Los Alamos (3-1) will take on the Hope Christian Huskies (2-1) at Griffith Gym. The Huskies are among the toughest customers in Class 3A and will head into the game fresh off an impressive win over the Class 5A La Cueva Bears, holding the Bears to single-digit scoring in the first and fourth quarters to take a 44-40 victory.
The game will be the first in a series of tough tests this week for Los Alamos, which will also take on Los Lunas and its new transfer student, Teige Zeller, arguably the most dominant player in the state, in the first round of the very tough Joe Armijo Invitational.
Saturday against Moriarty, center Hayley Each and guard Amber Logan both had 10 points, seeing limited action in the second half, while guard McKenzie Logan had nine. Amber and McKenzie Logan were credited with a combined eight steals.
Only one Moriarty player, Tya Bussell, finished with more than one field goal.
The Hilltoppers played without head coach Tarah Logan on the bench, who was out sick. Assistant coach Loren Sorenson took her place Saturday.
Los Alamos, which has won three straight, is now 2-0 against Class 4A competition, and with teams such as Kirtland Central, Roswell and Farmington struggling early this season, could be just a handful of 4A wins away from making a strong case for no worse than an at-large bid in this year’s playoffs.