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  • Prep boys basketball: ‘Toppers...

    It was one of those games where the Los Alamos boys basketball team couldn’t capitalize from a hefty size advantage.
    Instead, the Hilltoppers couldn’t cope with the speed of the Capital guards, as the Jaguars pulled away late and handed Los Alamos a 58-36 loss Tuesday night in Santa Fe.
    “We were not surprised that we lost,” Los Alamos coach Mike Kluk said. “We didn’t play all that well and it was disappointing.”
    The Hilltoppers fell to 1-2 in District 2-5A and 9-11 overall, while Capital stayed within a game of first place and improved to 17-4 overall.
    In its previous two games, Los Alamos was able to get productivity from post players. But those games happened 11 and 14 days prior to Tuesday, as games against Goddard and Española Valley were cancelled and rescheduled.
    “I don’t know how much it had to do with us not playing in over a week,” Kluk said. “We had a week of practice leading up to Espanola but that didn’t end up happening, Maybe that had something to do with it.”

  • Prep girls hoops: Capital upends...

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team was unable to ride the wave of momentum that it created after last Monday’s big win against Albuquerque Academy.
    The Hilltoppers fell to 6-16 overall and 1-3 in District 2-5A, after dropping a 50-47 decision against Capital Wednesday at Griffith Gym. The Jaguars picked up their first district win and improved to 4-18 overall.
    Capital’s Miranda Cortez took over in the final two minutes. Cortez drove to the basket and tied it 45-45 with 2:16 left in the game and on the ensuing possession she gave the Jaguars a 48-45 lead. Kyannah Cole was fouled and knocked down a pair of free throws to make it 50-45 with 23 seconds left.
    Los Alamos once again started firing on all cylinders in the first quarter. The Hilltoppers outscored Capital 19-13 in the opening eight minutes. The second quarter was a different story. Los Alamos’ only second quarter points were three free throws by Rebecca Green. Meanwhile, the Jaguars got four points a piece from Cortez, Cole and Deeanza Booker to take a 25-22 lead at halftime.
    In the third quarter, Elena Abeyta provided five points for Los Alamos but that wasn’t enough to avoid being outscored by Capital 11-10 in the period.
    Abeyta paced Los Alamos with 10 points, while Sienna Ahlers added eight.

  • Prep girls basketball: ’Toppers...

    The defensive effort that Los Alamos girls basketball coach Josh Archuleta was looking for came at a good time.
    The Hilltoppers created hustle plays and intensity on defense to claim their biggest win of the season, a 44-41 overtime win against District 2-5A leaders Albuquerque Academy on Monday night at Griffith Gym.
    Los Alamos improved to 6-15 overall and won its first district game. The Hilltoppers also ended an eight-game winning streak for Academy, which fell to 15-5 overall and lost for the first time in district play.
    “That’s what it says about this team,” Archuleta said. “This team finally came out and believed in themselves. We told them they have to bring up the intensity every single quarter. It comes down to... do we believe in one another to excel and be the team that we know we can be? And that just happened here tonight.”
    The Hilltoppers set the tempo in the overtime period and started the period on an 8-0 run. Los Alamos’ defense didn’t allow Academy to find high percentage shots and forced several Charger turnovers. Academy didn’t score in overtime until the 52-second mark but a pair of free throw cut the Hilltoppers lead to 42-39. Los Alamos put the game away with a bucket on the other end.

  • Makeup game tonight

    The Los Alamos girls basketball team will face Albuquerque Academy at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Griffin Gym to makeup a game that was cancelled earlier this season. The Hilltoppers are coming off a 53-33 loss against Espanola Valley, while the first-place Chargers are riding an eight-game win streak.  

  • Prep girls basketball: LA drops...

    The start of district play didn’t seem like the start of a new season for the Los Alamos girls basketball team.
    Some of the same problems that hindered the Hilltoppers during non-district made an appearance in their 45-29 District 2-5A opening loss to Del Norte on Wednesday in Albuquerque. Los Alamos fell to 5-14 overall and lost a district opener for the first time since the 2013-14 season.
    “It’s all going to depend on how much fight they got in them,” Los Alamos coach Josh Archuleta said. “I pulled my seniors aside and I told them... ‘It’s up to you girls on what legacy you’re going to leave. If you’re going to go out there and give a performance like that, then I’ll invest the time with the underclassmen.’”  
    In non-district play, the Hilltoppers struggled offensively but were kept in games by their intensity on the defensive end. The same scenario played out early in Wednesday’s game. Los Alamos didn’t score until the 2:15 mark of the first quarter but its defense kept Del Norte (10-7 overall, 1-0 District 2-5A) from pulling away early on.
    The Knights opened up a 10-4 lead before Elena Abeyta’s layup with eight seconds remaining cut Del Norte’s first quarter lead to 10-6.

  • Prep boys hoops: Knights edge ‘...

    Mike Kluk said going into district play on a three-game losing streak had an affect on his Los Alamos boys basketball team.
    The Hilltoppers lost their fourth straight game after dropping Tuesday’s District 2-5A opener 65-62 against Del Norte at Griffith Gym. Los Alamos, which dropped a pair of games last weekend to Artesia and Lovington, fell to 8-10 overall.
    “Mentally they’re just down with four losses in a row and that’s tough. We have to figure out how to break that,” Kluk said. “The last three games before this we turned the ball over way too much. Tonight, we didn’t turn the ball over that much but we couldn’t stop their penetration. We did not take care of business on the defensive end.”
    The Hilltoppers led 39-36 going into the final quarter but the Knights (9-8 overall, 1-0 District 2-5A) began their comeback with a triple from Elijuah Hogan that cut Los Alamos’ lead to 46-44 with six minutes left to play. Vincent Goodman scored the Knights next six points to give them a 50-47 lead.

  • Prep boys hoops: LA falls at...

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team dropped a pair of troublesome road games this past weekend.
    The Hilltoppers fell to Artesia 56-44 on Friday night, and dropped a 53-49 decision to Lovington on Saturday.
    Los Alamos got off to strong start against the Bulldogs and garnered a 13-9 lead after the first quarter. Artesia responded in the second frame by outscoring the Hilltoppers 15-6 and taking 24-19 lead at halftime. Artesia continued to execute in the third quarter and extended its lead to 43-30, before fending off Los Alamos in the final eight minutes.
    Against Lovington, the Hilltoppers led 12-11 after the opening eight minutes and maintained a point lead as the teams were even 8-8 during the second quarter. Trailing 20-19, the Wildcats used a 14-point third quarter performance to take a 33-22 lead heading into the final frame. Lovington sealed the win by outscoring Los Alamos 20-17 in the fourth.
    After the back-to-back losses Los Alamos fell to 8-9 overall and will open District 2-5A play at 7 p.m. against Del Norte at Griffith Gym.  
     

  • Prep girls hoops: ‘Toppers fall...

    It’s questionable why the Los Alamos girls basketball team played one of the state’s perennial powerhouses five days before that start of District 2-5A play.
    But the Hilltoppers (5-13) did and now have to ensure that Friday’s 67-21 loss against Eldorado at Griffith Gym won’t have a daunting affect during district.
    “This is hands down the best team we’ve faced all season,” Los Alamos coach Josh Archuleta said. “We just summed it up as a measurable loss. It can definitely have a positive or negative affect in district. But I told them I would rather lose like this against a good team than lose a close one to a team in our district.”
    Archuleta said he knew it was going to be difficult to generate offense against a stifling Eagles defense. But Los Alamos made it even more difficult by turning the ball over 16 times in the first half. The Hilltoppers also didn’t capitalize from 10 Eldorado turnovers in the second quarter, as the Eagles went into halftime with a 34-9 lead.
    Los Alamos limited the turnovers in the second half but was unable to limit Eldorado’s offensive prowess. The Eagles got off to a 9-0 start in the second half and outscored the Hilltoppers 33-12 in the final 16 minutes.

  • LA boys fall at Taos

    The Los Alamos boys basketball team dropped a road game to Taos 49-46 on Tuesday night.
    The loss snaps a three-game winning streak for Los Alamos and it was the first since Dec. 30, 2016.
    Taos scored a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to drop the Hilltoppers record to 8-7 overall. The Tigers improved to 7-8 and remained unbeaten at home this season.
    It was evenly matched for the full 32 minutes, as the teams went into halftime tied 22-22. Taos outscored Los Alamos 17-12 in the third quarter and the Hilltoppers were unable to hit open shots in the fourth quarter.
    This was Taos’ first win against Los Alamos since Jan. 3, 2015.
    Los Alamos failed to capitalize on a quality opportunity to go into District 2-5A play with an affirmative winning streak. Now, the Hilltoppers will travel to the Southeastern part of the state to face Artesia at 7 p.m. tonight and Lovington at 2 p.m. Saturday.     
     

  • ‘Toppers wrestling splits pair...

    Capital came away with two wins in the opening District 2-5A duals of the season at Griffith Gym.
    The Jaguars opened the duals with a 53-27 victory over Albuquerque Academy, before concluding Wednesday night by downing Los Alamos 55-15.
    Against the Hilltoppers, Capital garnered seven pins in weight classes 120, 126, 132, 130, 170, 180 and 195. Los Alamos didn’t score until Trevor Brown pinned his opponent to cut the Jaguars lead to 27-6. After Brown’s pin, Capital rallied to score 25 unanswered points to take command of the match.
    Los Alamos managed to get a victory after defeating Academy 46-30. The Hilltoppers got pins from Brown, Devin Atencio, Dylan Irish, Sam Harvey and Milo Light in their win against the Chargers.
    Academy got a 12-9 lead when 126-pounder Clay Cosby pinned Israel Gellis. Neil Deherrera tied 12-12, before the Chargers regained the lead in the 138-pound match.
    A 9-0 performance by Reyes Mendez, coupled with Dylan Irish’s pin, gave Los Alamos a 28-18 lead. But the Chargers didn’t faze and took a 30-28 lead after a pin in the 182-pound match. Harvey and Light secured the Los Alamos victory by pinning their opponents, while Patrick Irish won by forfeit.