Lady Colts head home for the holidays with victory
NMMI Sports Press
The Lady Colts wrapped up 2016 with a 45-30 victory over the Artesia “C” team, evening up their record at 3-3 before the holiday break.
Every player on the NMMI squad got court time, and coach Marisha Olesinski was pretty happy with what she saw.
“School comes first and they were focused on finals, so it’s a priority,” she said. “So I don’t blame them that they’re a little stressed. The first half wasn’t the best. We struggled with shooting, but I’m pretty happy with the second half. We started to play tougher defense. Pretty much the whole game was man-to-man, so I think they put a lot of effort into this win.”
There was a lot of shooting but very little scoring early, with NMMI leading 10-4 after the first quarter, and it was only that close on a buzzer-beater by Bulldog Faith Evans.
The second quarter was even lower scoring, with only eight total points scored for a 14-8 Colt lead at the half.
As the coach said, the second half improved. NMMI’s Demitra Ulibarri scored six straight points to open the stanza, and at one point had more points herself than the entire Artesia squad. After a no-time-left shot by Colt Grace Tompkins, NMMI stretched the lead to 29-16.
While Sierra Walker led the fourth-quarter scoring, picking up eight of her 12 points, the Lady Colt bench got a chance to see action.
“I wish we had more games that were less stressful where everybody gets to play, because that’s what they work for,” Olesinski said. “But today, everybody got to play. I know if they believed in themselves like I do, we would be pretty good, but I think sometimes they’re not convinced what they can do. I always think they are capable of good things.”
Ulibarri led the scoring with 15 points, with Ysenia Caldera picking up 10 for the young Bulldogs.
Olesinski was happy the season ended with a win.
“We wanted to go home over this long break with a win, so I’m glad that we got it,” she said. “The girls are happy and that’s what matters most.”
They’ll be back on the floor in exactly a month, traveling to Loving Jan. 12.
“I know it’s going to be hard after we come back, but we’ll again go and do our best – that’s all we can do.”