'Toppers close out district with win

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By Ann Mauzy

Despite playing a team that hadn’t won a game all season, the Los Alamos Hilltopper girls basketball team didn’t have the luxury of taking any chances Tuesday.
Los Alamos wanted to jump on the Capital early and often in that District 2-4A contest, and it did. Los Alamos outscored Capital 15-6 in one quarter of play, then held the Jaguars to just one point through more than six minutes of the third quarter to win going away, 75-40, at Griffith Gymnasium.
Tuesday’s game was the finale of the 2-4A regular season for the Hilltoppers, who had lost three straight district contests heading in, including a disappointing 2-point loss at Bernalillo Feb. 7.
Getting back moving in the right direction at this point in the season was big.
“It was super-important, especially since it was against Capital and it was our last home game in district, especially for all of us seniors, being here for four years,” Los Alamos forward Kristen Paulson said. “It’s been pretty special.”
It was also senior night for the Hilltoppers and the team mixed up its starting lineup to make sure all its seniors got into the game early.
Except for a few hiccups at the get-go, Los Alamos’ lineup settled in nicely and spread the scoring around to six different seniors in the first quarter.

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