It didn’t seem on paper the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls’ basketball game Friday night would be much more than a game the team had to get through, but it ended up being a nail-biter.
Los Alamos thrived on its shooting from the perimeter in the first half, but when its opportunities became fewer in the second half, the Las Vegas Robertson Cardinals took advantage.
Robertson trailed by as many as 8 points in the first half, its deficit at the break, but erased that deficit in just a little over 2 minutes to start the third quarter.
The two teams battled neck-and-neck the balance of the way, but the Hilltoppers escaped Griffith Gymnasium with a 46-42 victory.
Amber Logan came up huge for Los Alamos Friday night, particularly after the Cardinals (6-11) keyed on Ashlynn Trujillo and the Hilltopper big girls down low, limiting their chances throughout.
Logan hit a huge 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter, giving Los Alamos a 41-37 edge at the time, then, with under 6 seconds left and the teams separated by just 2 points, connected on two huge free throws that finally sewed up the victory.
Logan finished with 21 points, 14 of those in the first half as she came up with 4 3-pointers.