SPORTS UPDATE: Saturday's Hilltopper results

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By Mike Cote

Here is a summary of Saturday’s Los Alamos Hilltopper sports. More information on the Hilltoppers will appear later this week in the Monitor.


Girls basketball

At Griffith Gymnasium Saturday, the Hilltopper girls varsity basketball squad hung with the visiting Kirtland Central Broncos through three quarters, but the Broncos pulled away in the final period to win 50-39.

Los Alamos (4-4) led Kirtland Central 21-18 at the midway point of the second quarter and trailed by just a point at the break. Los Alamos would reclaim and keep the lead in the third quarter before an 8-2 run in the final 5:13 of the quarter put the Broncos up 35-32 heading into the final stanza.

In the fourth quarter, the ’Toppers managed just two field goals and turned the ball over six times as they tried to push the ball up the floor, something that the Broncos are more effective and experience at doing than the Hilltoppers.

“They tried to pressure us a little and that sped the tempo up,” Los Alamos head coach Gerry Washburn said after the game. “We’re not experienced enough to recognize that when that happens.”

Bryanna Richins had 15 points to pace the Hilltoppers and Sarah Ethridge finished with 13 points, six assists and four steals on the night.

Dayon Hall-Jones finished with a game-high 17 and Ali Hathaway had 15 points for the Broncos (8-2).


Boys basketball

The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys varsity basketball team bounced back from a tough loss Friday night to win the third-place game at the Ben Lujan Tournament Saturday.

Los Alamos (8-2) downed a solid Class AAA Socorro team 77-60 to grab third place in the tournament.

The Hilltoppers fell to the Pojoaque Elks in the tournament semifinals Friday 52-50. They advanced to the semifinals after knocking off Wingate 78-48 in the tournament’s first round Thursday.

Los Alamos center Alex Kirk, who made the All-Tournament team for his three-game performance, came up big again Saturday. Kirk accumulated 24 points, 12 rebounds and 8 blocked shots.

Also for the Hilltoppers, Nik Allen had 21 points and Ben Allen added 15. Ben Allen had 8 assists and both Allens ended up with three steals.

Bosque Baker had 19 to lead the Warriors (6-4).


Swimming and diving

Kara Leasure won a pair of events to lead the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls swimming and diving team to a second-place finish at the Albuquerque Public Schools Invitational Saturday.

Leasure took the top spot in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard freestyle Saturday, picking up state championship meet qualifying times in both events.

The Hilltopper girls finished 19 points behind La Cueva but 28 points ahead of Albuquerque High in third place.

In boys competition, the Hilltoppers finished sixth in team standings.

Alex Baker picked up a pair of fourth-place finishes, making state meet times in both the 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley.



Blaine Lattin was the top finisher for the Los Alamos Hilltopper varsity wrestling squad at this weekend’s Piedra Vista Invitational.

Lattin, wresting at 189 pounds, took third place at the tournament, held Friday and Saturday in Farmington. Lattin went 4-1 in the tournament, losing only to the top seed in his weight class, Piedra Vista’s Jesus Moreno.

For the most part, it was a rough outing for the Hilltoppers at the tournament. The ’Toppers drew some tough first round bouts at the tournament, with only Lattin going through the tournament’s championship bracket.

In the junior varsity tournament, Russell Hardesty took fourth place for the Hilltoppers at 125 pounds.

While Hilltopper head coach Eric Sorenson said he would’ve liked to seen his team advance farther in the respective brackets, he was generally pleased with the effort.

Los Alamos will take it easy this week in practice — but not too easy, Sorenson said — then bounce back in preparation for the Bernalillo duals Jan. 2.