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Girls’ basketball defeats Taos, sets up showdown with Pojoaque

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By Phil Scherer

Heading into the final game of the regular season, the Los Alamos High School girls’ basketball team still has a chance to earn the regular season district championship. Wednesday night in Taos, the Hilltoppers improved to 6-1 in District 2-4A, picking up a 55-43 win over the Tigers. 

This was an important game for the Hilltoppers, as the team was coming off a tough 46-44 loss against Española Valley last weekend, the team’s only district loss to this point.

In that game, only four players got into the scoring column for LAHS.

The Hilltoppers equaled that mark in the first quarter against Taos, as the shots were dropping early. Becca Green picked up 6 quick points as the Tigers were unable to guard her under the basket. LAHS also knocked down a trio of three-point shots in the opening quarter, from Natalie Gallegos, Jenna Harris and Hannah Sanchez. 

After the first quarter, LAHS led 16-10. 

The lead grew to 15 points by halftime, as Taos failed to knock down a single shot from the floor in the second quarter. The Tigers’ only offense came from the free throw line, where the team went 3-6. 

Heading into the halftime break, LAHS led 28-13. 

Throughout the second half, the Hilltoppers were able to maintain a sizable advantage, as Green continued to rack up points under the basket, while the team got offensive contributions from all over the roster. 

Led by Andrica Quintana’s 9 points, Taos attempted to close the gap in the third quarter, but LAHS was able to remain comfortably ahead. 

The Hilltoppers led 42-28 after the third quarter and won 55-43. 

Green led the scoring for the Hilltoppers with 18 points, while Alex Calderon added 9 points. Junior varsity standout Jenna Harris added 7 points, as did Gallegos. 

The team’s focus now shifts to Pojoaque Valley. The Elkettes will visit Griffith Gymnasium at 7 p.m. Friday. The winner of the game will be the regular season district champion and the No. 1 seed in next week’s district tournament. 

The winner will also be given an automatic berth in the Class 4A state tournament. The loser of the game will be the No. 2 seed in the district tournament.