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John McHale
Makaela Jones, left, and her Los Alamos teammates will begin the Class 5A state tournament at home on Friday.
'Toppers set to host Goddard in state first round

After finishing its regular season with a 23-5 record, the Los Alamos girls basketball team earned the right to start the Class 5A state tournament at home in Griffith Gymnasium. The No. 6 seeded Hilltoppers will take on No. 11 Goddard (15-13) Friday at 6 p.m.
After coming up short in the district championship game against Española Valley, 66-53, the Hilltoppers still have their sights set high.
"Our goal is to be playing in the championship game at The Pit," captain Amber Logan said after Los Alamos' game Monday. "We're not going to let the district championship get in the way (of that)."
"Everything we've gone through this season is preparation for state," captain Ashlynn Trujillo said. "At the end of the day our success isn't defined by a loss to Española. It's defined by our relationships with each other, God and our families."
Playing Española Valley a few times was certainly good preparation for the state tournament.
Goddard also had tough schedule to get them ready. The Rockets finished third in District 4-5A behind a couple of tough squads, No. 3 Roswell (22-4) and No. 5 Lovington (16-9).
If Los Alamos beats Goddard, it will take on the winner of the Roswell and No. 14 Centennial (15-13) game Tuesday in The Pit at 9:45 a.m.

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