Lady Toppers Score Huge Win Over Sundevils

The Lady Toppers played the Espanola Lady Sundevils at home in Griffith Gym Friday night for the right to progress to the championship game for District 2-4A. The teams had split their two previous meetings. Each team was hoping for a win to get a good seed in the upcoming State Championships. The teams played even through regular time and the game ended in a tie 56-56, which prompted overtime play. In the overtime period the Toppers had a narrow lead to the final minutes when Michaela Gonzales hit four clutch free-throws to put the game out of reach for the Sundevils and a win for the Toppers 71-60. Photo by John McHale/

Michaela Gonzales hit four clutch free throws in the closing minutes of the game to put the game out of reach of the Sundevils and a win for the Toppers 71-60. Photo by John McHale/

Natalie Gallegos hits for 2 in the opening minutes of the game. She scored 12 points for the night. Photo by John McHale/

It was Michaela Gonzales’ night to shine. She was a force on defense and a star on offense scoring 24 points to assure the win for the Toppers. Photo by John McHale/

Becca Green was guarded by double coverage the entire night, but inspite of the coverage she managed 16 points. Photo by John McHale/ 

Alex Calderon was bringing the ball down court and pulled up for a shot. Jasmine Baca went up to block the shot and the two collided resulting in this specular photo. Fortunately no one was hurt. Photo by John McHale/

Alex Calderon did what she does best, work the ball through the Sundevils defense to the basket. She scored 13 points for her efforts. Photo by John McHale/

Janee Montoya had a productive night especially in the overtime when she scored a 3 point shot and a free-throw. She scored 7 points for the game. Photo by John McHale/