Topper teams start 2-4A play

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The favorite time of the year for basketball fans has arrived.
District play in Class 4A commences this week and  for the Los Alamos teams, they both are slated with two big 2-4A contests, the first one starting tonight.
Los Alamos’ girls will take on the Bernalillo Spartans at 7 p.m. The Spartans, much like the Hilltoppers, have been up-and-down during the nondistrict season, but could match up well against the Hilltoppers, plus the Spartans have some seasoned veteran returners like Katie Darnell and Cedar-Rain Yellowmule.
The Hilltoppers (9-9) will go into the game off a win against the Manzano Monarchs at home Saturday. The Hilltoppers trailed by three early in the fourth quarter but bounced back to win that contest going away, 54-47.
For Los Alamos’ boys, they will be on the road to open 2-4A play Wednesday night against Bernalillo. Los Alamos will then host Santa Fe Saturday night.
The district should again be competitive, although the 2-4A balance of power appears to have shifted from defending 4A champ Española Valley to the Capital Jaguars.
The Hilltoppers (6-11) have gotten a big nondistrict performance from senior Nick Baker.