By the third meeting between the Los Alamos girls basketball team and Del Norte, head coach Nestor Trujillo had a pretty good idea what he wanted his team to do against the Knights.
He knew their tendencies and which matchups he wanted to take advantage of.
Two of Del Norte’s post players, however, were injured in their win against Bernalillo Tuesday.
Without them, Del Norte came into the District 2-5A semifinal and gave Los Alamos a different look. For the first half, the Hilltoppers were stifled.
“I think Del Norte brought it,” Trujillo said. “Obviously it was a rough blow for that team and I think it’s human nature to take them a little lightly.”
Los Alamos won the game 40-36 to reach Saturday’s 7 p.m. district championship game at Española Valley, but it certainly wasn’t the team’s prettiest win of the season.
“To be able to grind it out and find a way to win I think says a lot about these kids,” Trujillo said.
Ashlynn Trujillo grabbed an early rebound and assisted Amber Logan on a fast-break bucket.
After that, both team’s shooters got cold. Los Alamos led 9-7 after the first quarter and went into halftime tied with Del Norte at 14.
Coach Trujillo said he felt “fortunate” the game was tied.