Prep girls hoops: Capital upends LA

-A A +A
By Jose Corral

The Los Alamos girls basketball team was unable to ride the wave of momentum that it created after last Monday’s big win against Albuquerque Academy.
The Hilltoppers fell to 6-16 overall and 1-3 in District 2-5A, after dropping a 50-47 decision against Capital Wednesday at Griffith Gym. The Jaguars picked up their first district win and improved to 4-18 overall.
Capital’s Miranda Cortez took over in the final two minutes. Cortez drove to the basket and tied it 45-45 with 2:16 left in the game and on the ensuing possession she gave the Jaguars a 48-45 lead. Kyannah Cole was fouled and knocked down a pair of free throws to make it 50-45 with 23 seconds left.
Los Alamos once again started firing on all cylinders in the first quarter. The Hilltoppers outscored Capital 19-13 in the opening eight minutes. The second quarter was a different story. Los Alamos’ only second quarter points were three free throws by Rebecca Green. Meanwhile, the Jaguars got four points a piece from Cortez, Cole and Deeanza Booker to take a 25-22 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, Elena Abeyta provided five points for Los Alamos but that wasn’t enough to avoid being outscored by Capital 11-10 in the period.
Abeyta paced Los Alamos with 10 points, while Sienna Ahlers added eight.
The Jaguars got crucial productivity from its two stellar sophomores. Cole led the way with 15 points, and Cortez finished with 11.  
After the first half of District 2-5A play, The Hilltoppers and Jaguars are at the bottom of the district, while Academy and Española Valley remain at top of the standings with 3-1 records. Del Norte is in third at 2-2.
Los Alamos will begin the second half of district play by hosting Del Norte at 7 p.m. Saturday at Griffith Gym.