LA girls basketball splits a pair of games

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By Jose Corral

The Los Alamos girls basketball team split a pair of games in a span of three days.
On Thursday, the Hilltoppers went on the road and defeated Belen 35-25. But Los Alamos couldn’t carry the momentum into Saturday, as the Hilltoppers fell to Valencia 32-24 at Griffith Gym.
After the pair of games, Los Alamos fell to 3-3 on the season, and hosted Santa Fe High on Tuesday (after the Los Alamos Monitor’s print deadline).
The 25 points allowed against Belen was a season low for the Hilltoppers on defense. But against Valencia, the Hilltoppers 24 points scored was a season low on the offensive side.
On Saturday, Los Alamos struggled to knock down shots and started the game 0 of 6 from the floor and didn’t make a field goal in the first quarter, as the Jaguars took a 9-2 lead after the opening eight minutes.
Los Alamos didn’t convert a field goal until Anna Lemke knocked down a shot with 5:23 left in the second quarter. The Hilltoppers added three more points during the second quarter, as Valencia led 16-7 at halftime.
In the second half, Ashley Logan provided a bit of a spark for the Hilltoppers scoring six points in the final 16 minutes. Despite Logan’s play and Los Alamos outscoring Valencia 17-16 in the second half, the Hilltoppers couldn’t come back from its troublesome shooting performance.
Lemke led Los Alamos with seven points, while Logan added six.
Los Alamos has experienced an up-and-down 3-3 start, as it continues to transition into Josh Archuleta’s philosophy.    
It doesn’t get easier for the Hilltoppers, as they’re scheduled to open the Albuquerque Academy Invitational on Thursday against Cibola, who likely has the top player in the state in Amaya Brown.