The third time wasn't the charm and neither was the fourth time for the Los Alamos girls' basketballl team. The Española Valley Sundevils beat Los Alamos once again, this time in the Class 5A quarterfiinals, 79-52, Tuesday to end the Hilltoppers' season.
Los Alamos finished 22-8 overall. Half its losses were to the Sundevils.
After losing by one point, two points and 10 points — in a game Los Alamos led at halftime — the quarterfinal contest had the makings for another epic showdown, but the game got out of hand quick for Los Alamos.
Española Valley scored the first 12 points of the game and Los Alamos never cut the Sundevils' lead down to single digits after that. Several times in the second half, Española came close to taking a 35-point lead and enacting the mercy rule.
Española made 18 of its 26 first-half field goal attempts for a 69 percent shooting percentage. Los Alamos, meanwhile, made eight of its 32 field goal attempts in the first half, a 25 percent shooting performance.
Los Alamos actually won the second half, 29-28, but the it didn't make much of a dent in the 51-23 deficit it took into halftime.
See Friday's Los Alamos Monitor for more.