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Girls’ basketball earns dramatic victory over Española in district tourney

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By Phil Scherer

All season, Los Alamos High School girls’ basketball coach Lanse Carter has believed sophomore Michaela Gonzales is a special player. Thursday night, she proved him right. With the team’s top three scorers on the bench with foul outs, Gonzales stepped up and led the Hilltoppers to a 71-60 win over Española Valley in the district tournament semifinals. 

Gonzales has been a vocal leader for the Hilltoppers all season, and at various points has knocked down key free throws and shots to lead her team to victory. 

But, until Thursday’s game, her contributions have always been secondary to the outstanding scoring and rebounding abilities of Becca Green. She has been overshadowed by the ball-handling abilities of Alex Calderon. 

But with Calderon, Green and Natalie Gallegos on the bench late in the game, Gonzales could no longer be overlooked. She knocked down shot after shot and kept her team’s season alive. 

“That was a total team win,” Carter said. “No question about that.”

Two weeks ago, LAHS lost 46-44 to the Sundevils, a game in which no player except Green scored more than 6 points for LAHS. 

It was clear early on that would not be the case in the rematch. 


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