The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team slipped one spot to No. 6 in the MaxPreps.com rankings Thursday after falling to the Española Valley Sundevils earlier this week.
The rankings are done twice per week during the basketball season. Rankings are calculated based on record, strength of schedule and other factors.
Los Alamos dropped its home contest to Española Valley 51-48 Tuesday, its third loss of the year.
Heading into the game, the Hilltoppers were ranked No. 5 in the state, one slot behind the Sundevils.
With their win, the Sundevils (18-2 overall) moved up to the No. 3 spot in Thursday’s poll.
Meanwhile, Los Alamos fell one spot to No. 6, its lowest ranking of the season.
In Tuesday’s game, Los Alamos led by as many as 9 points in the first half and had an 8-point lead at the break before Española Valley came back in the second half, putting up big numbers from the foul line.
Interestingly, the team that leapfrogged Los Alamos was the 6-loss Lovington Wildcats. Despite Tuesday’s loss, the Hilltoppers still have one of the five best records in Class 5A.
Once again this week, the Gallup Bengals are the No. 1 team in 5A, as they have been for most of the season. They are followed in the top five by Roswell, the Sundevils, Los Lunas and Lovington.