The Los Alamos girls basketball team is going through an offensive rough patch.
And Hilltoppers coach Josh Archuleta said he’s not ready to “let the reigns loose” on offense. Turnovers remain the big issue for the Hilltoppers who amassed more than 20 turnovers for a second-straight game.
Los Alamos scored less than 40 points for the sixth time this season en route to a 51-38 loss against Santa Fe High Tuesday night at Griffith Gym.
“I asked them what team we’re going to be,” Archuleta said. “I can’t have a heckle and jeckle team where I let them turn loose and have double-digit turnovers. Once you’re in double-digit turnovers, it’s hard to recover from that. We really worked on shooting (on Monday) and emphasized on going back to the basics.”
The Hilltoppers fell to 3-4 on the season, while the Demons improved to 2-4.
“If we keep teams to 40 and below it would be a different ball game,” Archuleta said. “I know we’re the better team but when it comes down to crunch time, these girls love that atmosphere.”
Offensively, Los Alamos struggled out of the gate going 1 of 3 from the floor. Meanwhile, Santa Fe went 4 for 4 to start the game, including two 3-pointers to help give the Demons a 12-10 first quarter lead.