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Ralph Allen
Hope Christian High School dominated the Hilltoppers on the offensive end of the floor in Tuesday’s 65-35 LAHS loss. The Huskies knocked down seven three-pointers in the contest.
Shorthanded Hilltoppers drop home game to Hope

For nearly a month, it has felt like the Los Alamos High School girls basketball team has been taking one step forward, and two steps backward. Momentum gained in one game doesn’t transfer to the next game, and the team has struggled to find an offensive identity.

Tuesday’s game against Hope Christian High School, a 65-35 loss, was the latest example.

The Hilltoppers entered the game with a sense of confidence. Saturday, in the finale of the Joe Armijo Classic in Albuquerque, LAHS defeated district rival Albuquerque Academy 47-35 to earn seventh place at the tournament.

It was an important win for many reasons, not the least of which was that it stopped a three game losing streak.

It also showed that the Hilltoppers were capable of competing against a district opponent, which will become important next month.

However, the momentum once again stalled prior to the game against Hope Christian, which took second place at the Joe Armijo Classic.

Three important Hilltopper players were not available for the game, or even dressed out: Ashley Atencio, Susana Gallegos and Serenity Maestes. With their absences, the team would be forced to rely heavily on girls who had not played as many minutes in previous games.

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