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Prep girls hoops: ’Toppers host Española Valley tonight

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By Jose Corral

The Los Alamos girls basketball team will look to build some momentum in the final week before the District 2-5A tournament.
The Hilltoppers will host Española Valley at 7 p.m. tonight at Griffith Gym. It’s Los Alamos’ final home game of the regular season, as Sienna Ahlers, Isabell Larribas, Casey Trujillo, Elena Abeyta, Shannon Irwin could be playing their last game at Griffith Gym.
The Hilltoppers go into tonight’s matchup with a 6-18 overall record and a 1-5 District 2-5A record and are looking to snap a three game losing streak. Los Alamos, which is tied with Capital in last place of the district standings, is playing for district tournament implications. A win could put the Hilltoppers ahead of Capital in the district standings.
The Sundevils (16-6 overall, 5-1 District 2-5A) will go into the game in first place in the district with a half game lead of Albuquerque Academy. A win will continue to put Española in the driver’s seat for the district tournament’s No. 1 seed. The Sundevils are coming off a 52-38 win against Capital, after falling to Class 6A contender 54-44 on Feb. 7.
In the team’s previous meeting, Española controlled the game from the opening tip off and cruised to a 53-33 win. Other than upending Academy on Jan. 30, the Hilltoppers have struggled to score and put together 32 minutes of complete basketball.    
Española has topped Los Alamos in the team’s last 12 meetings.