A quick barrage put the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team up early in the first quarter, but a quick third quarter rally erased that advantage Tuesday night.
The Hilltoppers faced off against the Española Valley Sundevils in the first of two big regular season contests at Griffith Gymnasium and a leg-up in the early District 2-5A race.
Los Alamos threatened to turn the game into a rout early, but Española Valley bounced back in the second half after being held to just 2 first half field goals.
But in that second half, Los Alamos racked up fouls in big numbers and Española Valley took advantage, heading to the foul line 37 times in the game. Española Valley would prevail in Tuesday’s game, 51-48.
The free throw disparity caught the attention of Hilltopper head coach Nestor Trujillo, whose own team went to the line only 11 times.
While the majority of calls going against the Hilltoppers were correct ones, there were also some odd no-calls on the other end of the court. Trujillo said he wasn’t unhappy with the officiating Tuesday night. Moreover, he was pleased with his team’s performance against a tough competitor.