'Topper Notes 02-28-13

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LA girls face Sundevils in 2-4A tournament semifinal

The Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team will face off against the Española Valley Sundevils in the semifinal round of the District 2-4A tournament tonight.
The winner of tonight’s game, scheduled for 7 p.m. at Edward Medina Gymnasium in Española, will head to Santa Fe Saturday night for the district tournament championship game.
Tonight’s game will be the third meeting between the Hilltoppers (16-11 overall, 6-3 in district) and the Sundevils (21-5, 6-2). The two teams split their regular season meetings, with each winning on its home floor.
Española Valley topped Los Alamos 52-40 in Española Jan. 30, but the Hilltoppers won their most recent meeting Feb. 16 at Griffith Gym, 48-42.
In that Feb. 16 game, Hilltoppers McKenzie Logan and Erin Kirk combined for 31 points to lift Los Alamos. Kirk also finished with a team-high 8 rebounds.
The game was a 1-point affair until the fourth quarter, where the Hilltoppers outscored the Sundevils 13-8.
Los Alamos advanced to the semifinals with a 57-33 drubbing of the Capital Jaguars Tuesday night. Kirk had 17 points and 11 rebounds, both team highs, and Logan chipped in 13 points.
To earn the victory over Española Valley tonight, Los Alamos will have to shoot better than the sub-30 percent clip it connected at in its Jan. 31 game.
Tonight’s game will be broadcast live on KRSN AM 1490.

Demons look to keep win streak alive in boys district tourney

The Santa Fe Demon boys basketball team continues its upset bid in the District 2-4A tournament tonight.
The Demons, who knocked the Hilltoppers out of the tournament in Monday’s first round, stunned the Española Valley Sundevils Tuesday night in overtime, 64-63 at Edward Medina Gymnasium.
Santa Fe (14-14 overall, 5-5 in 2-4A) trailed by 5 heading in the fourth quarter, but tied the score late, then outscored the Sundevils (18-10, 5-4) by a count of 9-8 in the overtime period. Santa Fe guard Tres Chaires had 21 points and Wyatt Honstein and Elliot Nicholas both finished with 15 points.
Santa Fe will go across town to face the Capital Jaguars tonight.
Santa Fe’s run of luck may be primed to continue, as well, as the Demons are catching the Jaguars on a slide. The Jaguars were unimpressive in a win at Los Alamos last week, then were upset by the Demons in their regular season finale Saturday, 58-57.
The winner of tonight’s game will face No. 1 seed Bernalillo for the tournament championship Friday.