Atomic City Update: Quick turnaround of LAHS girls’ basketball should be applauded

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By Phil Scherer

Don’t you just love when a plan comes together? This time last year, the Los Alamos High School girls’ basketball team was not in a good spot. The Hilltoppers had just finished a second consecutive 6-21 season and were looking for a new head coach. It just so happened that the coach they needed was also looking for a job. 

Lanse Carter, a two-time state champion and former big man in high school, was the perfect person for the job. Who better to teach LAHS’ intimidating forwards the correct way to play under the basket than a man who spent his playing career there? 

A year later, the Hilltoppers made the state tournament and appear headed for a bright future. Becca Green, Natalie Gallegos and Michaela Gonzales, the forwards that made LAHS so tough to defend at times this season, will all return next year.

More importantly, the attitude surrounding the program has changed a great deal. No longer is this a team hoping to win games. It is now a team that expects to win games. They got that all-important taste of success. The Hilltoppers knocked off Pojoaque Valley on their home court. They defeated Española Valley twice, a team that has now advanced to the state semifinals. 

In the last half of the year, there was a confidence surrounding the group that was noticeably absent before. 

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