ESPANOLA — The Los Alamos girls basketball team traveled to Española Valley and played in front of a packed house for the District 2-5A championship on Monday.
“It was electric,” Los Alamos head coach Nestor Trujillo said. “It’s a pleasure to play in front of a crowd like this.”
The Hilltoppers matched the atmosphere’s energy early on and started the game aggressive.
“We knew we had to come in hard, play with our hearts and not let the environment affect us,” captain Ashlynn Trujillo said.
The Hilltoppers led 17-8 after the first quarter. In the second quarter, however, Española Valley went on a 12-0 run to take the lead, 28-23, and stayed in front after that.
Española Valley won the game, 66-53.
“I’m proud of how everybody played tonight,” captain Amber Logan said.
“I was proud of their effort,” coach Trujillo said. “I also want to congratulate Española and wish them well (at state).”
After Ashley Logan converted three the old-fashioned way, Trujillo made a pair of free thows and then Logan turned a steal into a fast-break bucket to put the Hilltoppers up 7-4 in the first quarter.