The Los Alamos High School Girl’s Basketball teams battled Farmington in their first games of the season Nov. 19 in Griffith Gymnasium.
The day started off with the C team playing in the early afternoon. Hopes were high and so was the score of the C team’s first game as the LAHS players brutally beat the Scorpions 61-15.
With such a large margin of victory in the C game, the JV girls looked confident heading into their own game. With a large number of supporters and the win carry, the win looked clear. The air changed however during the second game and the score margin was much smaller than the first game. At the end of the first quarter, the Toppers were losing 9-4. The six fouls they picked up during the quarter didn’t help either.
As a result of some defensive mistakes, the Toppers went down 23-10 at the end of the half. After recollecting themselves during the half, the Topper players went out to fight. Unfortunately, even with freshman center Becca Green earning a double double in points and rebounds, the girls couldn’t muster enough points to put onto the board. The game ended 50-33 a Topper loss.
After the game Green said, “We played great and learned how to improve on our mistakes in preparation for a successful season.”
If the girls can capitalize on their turnovers and tighten their defense the season looks quiet hopeful.
In the final game of the day, LAHS Toppers Varsity played the Scorpions’ top five in a super squad clash. The Toppers looked energized in their warm up and with the fans ready to support home court looked pretty good. The Toppers’ starting five consisted of Isabell Laribas, Elena Abeyta, Sienna Ahlers, Ashley Atencio and Ashley Logan and all looked sharp and ready to go. The girls immediately took a six point lead over the Scorpions in the first few minutes of the game thanks to Logan’s supreme layups.
But, defensive play after defensive play led to a 9-10 lead for the Scorpions over the Toppers at the end of the first quarter with no signs of either team backing down. Both teams battled each other trading point for point in order to get the edge. The Toppers entered the fourth quarter behind one point, 25-24. They gained a lead after mistakes from the Scorpions, but shortly fell to the Farmington’s momentum. The girls were very aggressive in the final minutes, but the Toppers could not get an edge and the game finished with a 6 point deficit 32-38 in favor of Farmington.
The LAHS Girl’s play next this Tuesday against St. Michaels.