LA hoops teams both have big challenges in district

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By Mike Cote

Very little has changed for the fortunes of Los Alamos Hilltopper basketball heading into the start of the District 2-4A season from last year to this.
Last year, the Hilltopper boys limped through a rough nondistrict season and hoping the start of 2-4A would help change their fortunes, while the Hilltopper girls were trying to figure out a way to keep pace with Santa Fe and Española Valley.
With the opening of district play now just two days away, virtually nothing in that scenario has changed. The only huge distinction between the two teams is that, last January the girls were attempting to acclimate to a new head coach, while this year, it’s the boys.
The Hilltopper girls open 2-4A play Tuesday night when they host the Bernalillo Spartans. The Spartans will host the Hilltopper boys the following night to get their 2-4A season rolling.
It will be an interesting jaunt for Los Alamos’ boys. To say the Hilltoppers have struggled so far in 2013-14 is an understatement.
Heading into this week, the Los Alamos boys were the lowest-ranked team in 4A. They’ve lost 11 of its 17 games by 20 points or more and has only broken 30 points once in its last five outings.
Even with all that working against them, the Hilltoppers are but one hot streak away from contending for a district title.

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