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Hilltoppers lose key district matchup to Española

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By Phil Scherer

The road to the regular season district championship became much tougher for the Los Alamos High School girls’ basketball team over the weekend, as the Hilltoppers lost to Española Valley 46-44 inside Griffith Gymnasium. 

LAHS is now in a tie atop the District 2-4A standings with Pojoaque Valley, as both teams now have one loss apiece. Heading into the final week of the regular season, both teams have 5-1 records. LAHS and Pojoaque will face off at 7 p.m. Friday inside Griffith Gymnasium. The winner of that game will be the regular season district champion and the top seed in next week’s district tournament. The loser will be the No. 2 seed in the district tournament. 

The Hilltoppers had a chance to inch closer to the district title against the Sundevils, but had trouble getting into an offensive rhythm and controlling the game. 

After jumping out to a quick 5-0 lead, LAHS had issues with turnovers and finding quality shots. Española Valley scored 16 straight points, including four three-point baskets in a row from Destiny Valdez. The Sundevils went into the second quarter with a commanding 16-5 lead, leaving LAHS searching for answers offensively. 


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