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Los Alamos Girls Basketball Loses To Pojoaque

on November 28, 2017 - 8:57am
The girls basketball team traveled to Pojoaque Saturday, Nov. 25, to play in the Ben Ray Luján Gymnasium against the Elkettes. The Elkettes dominated the game and won 60-27. Here, the Los Alamos players huddle up for a cheer before the game. Photo by John McHale/ 


Natalie Gallegos tries to get a shot off but is well guarded by Elkettes. Photo by John McHale/



Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos High School girls basketball team had to feel good about their 2-0 start to the 2017-2018 basketball season. Coming off a sub-standard 6-21 year last season, the Lady Hilltoppers had defeated Farmington High School on the road 44-41 and added a 53-42 win over St. Michael’s High School at Los Alamos.
Those good feelings were brought back down to earth with a thud against Pojoaque Valley High School Nov. 25 at Pojoaque. The Elkettes ran all over the Hilltoppers for a dominating 60-27 victory. It was Pojoaque who improved to 3-0 on the season, rather than the Hilltoppers. Los Alamos fell to 2-1 after suffering their first defeat.
“No excuses, we just got to bring it,” Los Alamos Coach Josh Archuleta said. “I own this loss. This one is on me. We were flat. No intensity.”
The Elkettes forced turnovers from the very beginning and built a 6-0 lead by going 6-of-6 from the free–throw line. More turnovers followed and Pojoaque converted them into layups and putbacks. By the time Los Alamos finally scored with less than a minute left in the first quarter, Pojoaque had built a 12-0 lead. The  Elkettes would lead 14-2 at the end of the first quarter.
Pojoaque increased its lead to 22-2 in the second quarter. The Hilltoppers tried to catch up throwing up three-pointers and got a rare four-point play from Alex Calderon to cut Pojoaque’s lead to under 20 points 27-8. The Elkettes Taylor Roybal answered with a three-pointer and Pojoaque still led by 20 points 33-13 at halftime.
The third quarter was the best quarter for the Hilltoppers. Calderon had another three-pointer and Los Alamos cut the Elkettes lead to 38-22. Pojoaque still came back to once more lead by 20 points 42-22 heading into the fourth quarter.
With junior Taylor Roybal running the point, the Elkettes pulled away in the fourth quarter. Roybal hit a pair of nifty pullup jumpers and Pojoaque had no problem beating the Hilltoppers down the court for layups. When the Elkettes’ Jenessa Chacon scored in the game’s final seconds, all 11 players on Pojoaque’s roster had put points in the scorebook.
‘We played Pojoaque even in the third quarter, then fell apart again in the fourth quarter,” Coach Archuleta said.
Calderon had just seven points to lead the Hilltoppers. Los Alamos did not help itself from the free-throw line, sinking just eight of 20 attempts.
Los Alamos will lick its wounds and faces a tough Class 6A in Volcano Vista High School opponent Tuesday at Los Alamos.
Janee Montoya brings the ball down the court toward the 'Topper net. Photo by John McHale/
Alix Hailey tries to get a shot off from under the 'Topper basket. Photo by John McHale/
Rebecca Green goes high for a rebound. Photo by John McHale/