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Winning season for Lady Colt basketball

NMMI Sports Press

LadyColtBasketballLogo2The Lady Colt basketball team wrapped up their season with a win and a winning season after downing Artesia High’s ‘C’ team on the road, 39-30.

Senior Sierra Walker had an outstanding night with 21 points for NMMI, including 13 in the second period, helping the Lady Colts overcome a 9-7 Lady Bulldog lead at the end of the first.

At halftime, the Lady Colts led 22-18, slightly extended that lead by one after a low-scoring third, 27-22, then won the fourth quarter as well, 12-8.

Solid defense was a determining factor in the contest, with Institute players pulling down 28 rebounds and picking up 20 steals.

With the victory, NMMI finishes their abbreviated season – which ends early because they don’t compete in district –  with a 9-7 overall record and four wins in their last five games.

Lady Colts win against short-handed Lake Arthur

Lady Colt Jaylene Moore puts in a short shot for two of her four points in the game. Esmeralda Villa on defense for the Lady Panthers.

Lady Colt Jaylene Moore puts in a short shot for two of her four points in the game. Esmeralda Villa on defense for the Lady Panthers.

 

NMMI freshman Madison Sandoval out in front with the ball on a fast break.

NMMI freshman Madison Sandoval out in front with the ball on a fast break.

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In their second-to-last game of the season, the Lady Colt basketball team easily downed visiting Lake Arthur, 54-12.

“We needed a game like this,” said NMMI head coach Marisha Olesinski.  “Everybody got to play and players who don’t get quite as much time on the court in other games got more time tonight.”

With just five players on their travel roster, the Lady Panthers played ‘iron-woman’ basketball: no substitutions, breaks or bench time other than timeouts and at the end of each period.

A great jump stop by NMMI freshman point guard Miranda Garcia send her defender flying by, allowing for  an uncontested lay-up.

A great jump stop by NMMI freshman point guard Miranda Garcia send her defender flying by, allowing for an uncontested lay-up.

The Lady Colts were quick to press their advantage in both size and numbers, jumping out to a 14-4 lead after the first quarter, then extending that lead to 27-9 by the end of the half.

The second half yielded similar offensive results for the Lady Colts. They dropped in another 27 points – 17 in the third and 10 in the fourth – while the Lake Arthur squad slowly ran out of gas – just three points in the third and none in the fourth.

Because of the large lead, Coach Olesinski subbed freely, trying to get plenty of playing time for every member of the Institute team.

“At times we had five freshmen on the court – actually four freshmen and an eighth grader – and I I’m very happy with how they did,” said coach Olesinski. “That’s our team in the future and it’s nice to get them some time to play together. It was the last home game of the season for our seniors, so I made sure to get them plenty of playing time, too,” she added.

NMMI top scorer Mia Walker makes a move to get closer to the basket.

NMMI top scorer Mia Walker makes a move to get closer to the basket.

Every player on the Lady Colt team scored in the game, led by freshman Mia Walker with nine points. Senior Alexander Rivera was close behind with eight, and junior Grace Tompkins had seven.

Top scorer for the Lady Panthers was junior Marisol Gonzalez with seven.

With the win NMMI gets back to over .500 with an 8-7 overall record; Lake Arthur drops to 0-10, still searching for that first victory.

The Lady Colts have just one game left on their schedule.

"Guns up" salute by four members of the NMMI Corps of Cadets, cheering on the Lady Colts during a free throw attempt.

“Guns up” salute by four members of the NMMI Corps of Cadets, cheering on the Lady Colts during a free throw attempt.

“We’ve got to win” coach Olesinski said simply about their last game of the season on the road vs. Artesia’s ‘C’ team. “You always go to play to win; that’s the attitude were going to take and we’ll see what happens.”

Tip-off for that final game will be at 5:00 P.M. on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Assistant coach Katie Dollahon and head coach Marisha Olesinski talk to their team after the win.

Assistant coach Katie Dollahon and head coach Marisha Olesinski talk to their team after the win.

Lady Colts can’t hold 3Q lead, fall to Loving JV by three

Lady Colt Rilan Maloney with an easy two on a fast-break after a Loving turnover. Photo by Laura Brown

Lady Colt Rilan Maloney with an easy two on a fast-break after a Loving turnover. Photo by Laura Brown

 

Close-range shot by NMMI's Abigail Valadez. Photo by Laura Brown

Close-range shot by NMMI’s Abigail Valadez. Photo by Laura Brown

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The Lady Colt varsity basketball team dropped their home game vs. Loving JV, 51-48.

It was an ugly start for both squads – the first points of the game weren’t scored until halfway through the first period with far more turnovers than shots – leading to a 7-7 tally at the quarter’s conclusion.

Both teams started to warm up offensively in the second, with NMMI taking a 21-18 lead into the lockers at halftime thanks to a pair of quick buckets resulting from Falcon turnovers in the final 30 seconds.

NMMI's Miranda Garcia flashes down the sidelines with the ball, trying to break the Loving press. Photo by Laura Brown

NMMI’s Miranda Garcia flashes down the sidelines with the ball, trying to break the Loving press. Photo by Laura Brown

In the third, after finding a working solution to Loving’s full-court trap defense, NMMI started to pull away, scoring 16 points in the stanza, while holding the Falcons to just six.

But in the fourth, the wheels fell off for NMMI while the Loving offense exploded. The Falcons put up 27 points in the period, snapping NMMI’s two-game win streak.

NMMI’s top scorer on the night was Rilan Maloney with ten; Abigial Valadez was the top rebounder with eight; and Sierra Walker led the Lady Colts in steals and assists with seven and four.

NMMI's Grace Tompkins with the ball on the low post, surrounded by Falcon defenders. Photo by Laura Brown

NMMI’s Grace Tompkins with the ball on the low post, surrounded by Falcon defenders. Photo by Laura Brown

The loss puts NMMI back to even on the season with a 7-7 overall record and two games left in the season.

Their next contest will be at home tomorrow night (Jan. 31) vs. Lake Arthur – tip-off schedule  for 5:00 P.M. in the Godfrey Athletic Center gym.

Lady Colts over .500 after win vs. Hagerman

NMMI's Abigail Valadez under the hoop with the shot, Ariel Tavango on defense for Hagerman. Photo by Laura Brown

NMMI’s Abigail Valadez under the hoop with the shot, Ariel Tavango on defense for Hagerman. Photo by Laura Brown

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Lady Colt Sierra Walker draws the foul from Lady Bobcat Emily Hoppes on a short shot in the paint. Photo by Laura Brown

Lady Colt Sierra Walker draws the foul from Lady Bobcat Emily Hoppes on a short shot in the paint. Photo by Laura Brown

The Lady Colt basketball team broke the .500 barrier for the first time since the beginning of the season, after notching a 39-30 home win over Hagerman’s JV squad.

The opening basket of the game went to the Bobcats, but NMMI went on an 8-0 run, then held Hagerman to just three more points in the period to make it 12-5 after one.

The Lady Colts went up by 10 at start of the second stanza after a three point play by NMMI’s Abigail Valadez. Valadez hit a short jumper underneath the hoop, was fouled and made the subsequent free throw, giving the Institute the largest lead they would have on the night.

NMMI point guard Miranda Garcia brings the ball up court, past the Bobcat press. Photo by Laura Brown

NMMI point guard Miranda Garcia brings the ball up court, past the Bobcat press. Photo by Laura Brown

The two teams played even-steven during the rest of the second – seven points each – and the Lady Colts maintained that same seven-point margin they held at the end of the first, 19-12.

But in the third, the Bobcat offense came alive. Hagerman’s top scorer Vamilla Ortiz had five of her nine points in the period, including a trey near the four-minute mark which cut the NMMI lead to three.

NMMI's Mia Walker on the wing trying to get around Hagerman defender Val Bejarano. Photo by Laura Brown

NMMI’s Mia Walker on the wing trying to get around Hagerman defender Val Bejarano. Photo by Laura Brown

Hagerman went on to outscore the Institute 12-8 in the third, making it 27-24 heading into the final quarter.

Staggered scoring by several Lady Colts helped them take the fourth, 12-6. Eight of those points came from a pair of players: four from the foul line by Sierra Walker and four more on a brace of buckets by Rilan Maloney.

Top scorer for the game was NMMI’s Valadez with 12 points, to go along with her 20 rebounds in the game; 12 on offense and eight on defense.

With the win, NMMI’s record moves to 7-6 on the season with just three more game left to play.

Two Colts and 'Cat battle for a rebound. Left to right: NMMI's Mia Walker, Hagerman's Madi Gossett, and NMMI's Rilan Maloney. Photo by Laura Brown

Two Colts and ‘Cat battle for a rebound. Left to right: NMMI’s Mia Walker, Hagerman’s Madi Gossett, and NMMI’s Rilan Maloney. Photo by Laura Brown

“We want to finish strong,” said head coach Marisha Olesinski. “We came out strong tonight, but sometimes when you start so well, you lose concentration, start thinking it’s going to be easy. We didn’t shoot well tonight, even though our practices are designed around shooting. So there’s always room for improvement, and again, we just have to finish strong.”

Lady Colts fall to Hondo

NMMI's Dee Ulibarri goes up for a shot from the low post, guarded by Hondo's Nina Herrera. Photo courtesy by Laura Brown.

NMMI’s Dee Ulibarri goes up for a shot from the low post, guarded by Hondo’s Nina Herrera.
Photo by Laura Brown

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Sierra Walker leans in for the 8-foot shot. Photo by Laura Brown

Sierra Walker leans in for the 8-foot shot. Photo by Laura Brown

The Lady Colt basketball team held a slim two-point lead at halftime, 14-10, but a 16-point third period for the Lady Eagles gave Hondo [12-4] the road win, 39-33.

Both teams played almost dead even in the first half . It was 10-8 NMMI after one, and in the second only eight points total were scored, four by each squad.

The Lady Colts tallied 10 in the third, but hot shooting by Hondo notched them 16, including a perfect 6-for-6 performance from the foul line. NMMI shot just six free throws the whole game, managing to make just one.

Short jumper for NMMI's Abigail Valadez. Photo by Laura Brown

Short jumper for NMMI’s Abigail Valadez. Photo by Laura Brown

In the final period, NMMI posted nine points while Hondo had 11.

Top scorer for the game was Lady Eagle Fallon Velasquez. Her 14 points all came in the second half.

Sierra Walker was the lead scorer for NMMI with 12, while Dee Ulibarri had 10.

The loss drops the Lady Colts record to 5-6 with five games remaining in the season. Their next contest will be another home game, vs. Clovis Christian at 5 P.M. on Jan. 23.

Shot near the free throw line by NMMI's Elyssa Chino. Photo by Laura Brown

Shot near the free throw line by NMMI’s Elyssa Chino. Photo by Laura Brown

NMMI's Rilan Maloney tips away a rebound attempt by a Hondo player. Photo by Laura Brown

NMMI’s Rilan Maloney tips away a rebound attempt by a Hondo player. Photo by Laura Brown

Contested shot in the paint by Lady Colt Mia Walker. Photo by Laura Brown

Contested shot in the paint by Lady Colt Mia Walker. Photo by Laura Brown