This time, the defending state champions didn't allow Los Alamos to play its game.
Española Valley avenged its earlier loss to the Hilltoppers by claiming a 68-36 win Tuesday in Española.
"They did what they had to do to beat us," Los Alamos coach Mike Kluk said. "We just didn't match their intensity and their aggressiveness. Credit (Española), they pushed us out of our rhythm and didn't let us get into our offenses."
The Sundevils improved to 18-6 overall but more importantly moved to 5-2 in District 2-5A and is a regular season finale win against Del Norte away from assuring at least a share of the regular season district title. The loss moves Los Alamos to 11-13 overall and 3-4 in district, which puts it out of the running for the top-seed in next week's district tournament.
Los Alamos will need to beat Capital on Friday and have Del Norte lose to Española in order to claim the third spot in District 2-5A.