JACONA – Despite digging itself an early hole, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team was nearly able to dig itself all the way out on several occasions.
Unfortunately, every time the Hilltoppers got close, the Pojoaque Valley Elkettes were able to make a mini-run and get some separation Saturday night.
Los Alamos trailed by as many as 12 points midway through the second quarter, but a 12-3 run got it back into the ballgame. Los Alamos cut the lead down to 1 point several times in the second half, but the Elkettes hung on to win 62-60 at Ben Lujan Gymnasium.
Early in the fourth quarter, Jordan Duran put in a bucket after her own offensive rebound, putting the Hilltoppers to within 45-44, but the Elkettes would put together a 10-2 run over the next 3:15, then hit some key free throws down the stretch to put the game away.
Pojoaque Valley veteran head coach Ron Drake, who made a scouting trip to Los Alamos earlier last week when the Hilltoppers played St. Michael’s, said he knew going in the Hilltoppers would have a better offensive performance than the 9-for-42 showing they had from the floor versus the Horsemen.
“McKenzie (Logan) was 1-for-15 that night,” Drake said. “She’s a lot better than that. We had to put Ody (Andujo), one of our best defenders, on her.”