Girls’ basketball splits key weekend set

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By Phil Scherer

In the final games before the holiday break, the Los Alamos High School girls’ basketball team split a pair of home matchups against top southern programs, Roswell and Artesia.

Friday night against Roswell, the Hilltoppers dominated the early part of the game, but fell apart late, losing in overtime 65-64. Saturday afternoon, the Hilltoppers bounced back with a solid effort against Artesia, winning 63-58.

The game against Roswell started great for the Hilltoppers, as the offense exploded for 23 points in the first quarter to go up 23-10.

LAHS’ forwards were able to get to the basket on nearly every possession because of the team’s height advantage. Becca Green struggled to convert on her opportunities, but Natalie Gallegos and Mattie Ruminer dominated.

Gallegos had 7 points in the quarter, and Ruminer added 5 points. Jenee Montoya also knocked down a 3-point basket.

LAHS remained steady through the second and third quarters, and went into the fourth quarter with a 48-39 lead. That’s when Roswell’s offense woke up and turned the entire game around.

The Coyotes outscored the Hilltoppers 16-7 in the fourth quarter, and had the lead late before LAHS was able to even the score, sending the game into overtime. Roswell was aided by the fact Green and Hannah Sanchez fouled out in the second half.

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