Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Senior Lifts Los Alamos to Lujan Girls Title.(Sports)

Byline: Will Webber Journal Staff Writer

Pojoaque Boys Win Tournament

For the Los Alamos girls basketball team, the goal was pretty simple heading into this week's 8th Annual Ben Lujan Tournament at Pojoaque High School.

Do whatever it takes to own a winning record heading into the Christmas break.

Led by 5-foot-8 senior guard Samantha Herring, the Hilltoppers (7-5) did just that, claiming the tournament championship Wednesday night with a 54-49 victory over Wingate.

Herring scored 11 of her game-high 20 points in the decisive third quarter, including a huge 3-pointer from just in front of the Los Alamos bench with 15 seconds remaining in the period to cap a 16-6 run. It gave Los Alamos its first lead of the game at 37-36.

They held that lead for good.

Wingate's once-potent offense went cold in the second half. The Bears managed just eight points in the third quarter and looked out of sync in the fourth as Los Alamos slowly assumed control. …

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