Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Los Alamos Girls Reach Final.

Byline: Will Webber Journal Staff Writer

* 'Toppers will face Wingate in basketball tourney championship game

POJOAQUE In Tuesday's first girls semifinal at the Ben Lujan Basketball Tournament, Wingate jumped to an early 12-5 lead over Mora and never looked back as the Bears advanced to the championship game.

Wingate will meet Los Alamos, a 44-42 winner over Albuquerque's Hope Christian in the other semifinal on Tuesday.

Struggling to find its rhythm on offense, Mora started slow and wound up trailing 31-19 at halftime as Wingate's Nicole Moses had her way with the Rangerettes' defense. Moses scored 15 of her 21 points and grabbed six of her eight rebounds during the first half. The Bears led by as many as 14 points in the half.

Using an 8-0 run midway through the third quarter, Mora managed to close to within 38-29, but consecutive three-pointers by Erica Smith and Valerie Martinez gave the Bears a comfortable lead they would hold the rest of the way. …

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