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Los Alamos beats Moriarty in overtime

January 24, 2019

The Los Alamos Lady Hilltoppers almost have all the pieces in place to be a handful to beat down the stretch.

All they need is a guard who can lead them.

On Tuesday night, Alex Calderon took a step forward at the right moment. The senior had 18 points and hit a big 3-pointer in overtime to help the Lady Hilltoppers pull out a 62-54 win over Moriarty in Griffith Gymnasium in a District 2-4A opener.

Calderon came off the bench to give Los Alamos (8-11) a much-needed lift, especially after seeing the Lady Pintos erase a 33-21 halftime lead. The Lady Hilltoppers still led 40-31 heading into the fourth quarter, but were outscored 18-9 through the rest of regulation to force overtime. Facing the prospect of letting a double-digit lead slip away, Los Alamos head coach Lanse Carter saw a hint of life come from an unlikely source — sophomore guard Michaela Gonzales.

“Some of our kids were ticked, but I have to give our girls credit,” Carter said. “They were coachable and also coached each other. At that moment, Michaela steps up and says, ‘We got this. Let’s play with intensity. We got this.’ ”

Calderon took the mantle after that, hitting a 3-pointer that got Los Alamos up 57-52 and the outcome was never in doubt.

“She came off the bench playing hard, playing tough,” Carter said. “She made a big shot in that overtime period where we’re neck and neck.”

Becca Green shared high-point honors with Calderon, and Natalie Gallegos added 10. Kalei Edwards led Moriarty (9-10, 0-1) with 15 points, and Tristen Sauter added 12.

New Mexico School for the Deaf 36, Monte del Sol 33

The Lady Roadrunners (6-6) prevented the Lady Dragons (0-15) from celebrating their first win of the season, thanks to 24 points from Lindsay Hand and 18 rebounds from Mya Malone in a nondistrict game in Larson Gym. Araceli Peña paced Monte del Sol with 13 points, while Ananya Mulakala added 12.

Capital 56, Abq. Rio Grande 28

The Lady Jaguars opened their return to district play as a Class 5A team with their first win since 2000, using an 18-6 scoring run in the second quarter to build a 26-13 lead in Albuquerque.

Rebecca Sorensen scored eight of her 12 points in the opening half to get Capital into gear offensively, then the Lady Jaguars (7-9, 1-0) featured a balance attack in the fourth quarter as eight players combined to score 22 points to finish off the game. Miranda Cortez had five points in the quarter and eight points in the second half, while Kyannah Cole also had eight overall.

Boys

Monte del Sol 66, New Mexico School for the Deaf 59

The Dragons withstood a 29-point performance from Deven Thompson by outscoring the Roadrunners 13-6 in the fourth quarter to un-knot a 53-all tie in a nondistrict game in Larson Gym.

Santi Archuleta led Monte del Sol (10-8) with 22 points, Peter Lujan added 17, while Alex Lopez and Isaiah Salazar each had 10. Luis Villalobos had 14 points in a supporting role for NMSD (11-6), and Bruce Brewer Jr. had 12.

Desert Academy/Santa Fe Waldorf 56, Walatowa 42

The Wild Wolves were rattled by the Cougars’ pressure in the second and third quarters.

That helped Walatowa erase a 16-9 first-quarter deficit and tie it at 33-all, but Desert Academy/Waldorf head coach Enrique Otero saw something click in his team midway through the third quarter of a nondistrict game in Christian Life Academy.

“We picked up the groove and we were a totally different team,” Otero said. “It just took the boys a little while to settle down.”

It showed in the 12 points Milan Brkic scored, and in the 15 rebounds Matias Gonzales grabbed for the Wild Wolves (3-9). They complemented a 23-point performance from Liam Otero.

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