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Goddard hands Lady Colts first loss

Rilan Maloney goes up for a contested layup against Goddard’s Alyssa Hernandez.

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On Tuesday evening in Roswell, NMMI took on the Goddard Lady Rockets “C” team and was defeated 35-27.

The Lady Colts outscored the Lady Rockets 7-6, thanks to an early three-pointer by Tianna Tsosie. Geraldlynn Notah and Rilan Maloney added a bucket each in the first quarter.

NMMI had a multitude of turnovers that allowed Goddard to run their fast break offense and the Rockets height advantage allowed them to make shots from point blank range. Head coach Marisha Olesinski said, “We could not control their height and that was a different experience for my girls, but we had some control over other aspects of the game and didn’t take advantage of them.”

Goddard outscored the Lady Colts 13-4 and took a 19-11 lead into halftime. “We had way too many turnovers again and that is really frustrating, but we played the best we could,” added Olesinski.

The second quarter proved to be the Lady Colts downfall as every other quarter was a one-point differential between the teams.

NMMI matched Goddard’s second-half output of 16 points. The Lady Colts outscored the Lady Rockets 8-7 in the third and Goddard returned the favor 9-8 in the fourth to maintain their advantage and give them the victory.

Maloney and Tsosie led the balanced NMMI attack with eight points, Demitra Ulibarri added seven, Notah with three and Abigail Valadez scored one to round out the scoring for the Lady Colts.

For Goddard, Jazmine Prudencio led all scoring with 14 points, Sophia Price added eight, Alyssa Hernandez scored five, Olivia Berding and Tori Price had four.

The Lady Colts travel take on Artesia “C” on Monday at 5 PM to wrap up the 2017 portion on the season while Goddard “C” heads to Lake Arthur this weekend to play in the Panther Invitational.

NMMI spoils Gateway’s home opener

Tianna Tsosie dribbles the ball up the court.

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Demitra Ulibarri takes a shot early in the first half agains Gateway.

The NMMI Lady Colt basketball team spoiled Gateway Christian’s season opener by overcoming a 10 point deficit to defeat the Lady Warriors 43-41.

NMMI started off the game sluggish as Gateway stormed out to a 10-4 lead thanks to back to back three-pointers by Megyn Balok. Gateway would take a 14-11 lead at the end of the first quarter. Balok finished with 18 points and 3 assists. Head coach Marisha Olesinski said, “We started off a little sluggish, but turned it around and after that everyone played very well.”

The struggles would continue in the second half as Demitra Ulibarri scored the lone basket for the Lady Colts. Gateway finished the quarter with nine points and that totaled the score to 23-13 heading into halftime.

Abigail Valadez shoots one of her eight free throws.

It was very evident that Olesinski was not happy with her team’s performance the in the first half. Olesinski said, “I told the girls that we can come back, we just needed to stop making so many turnovers,” and that is exactly what happened in the second half.

NMMI came out fast in the third quarter as Abigail Valadez scored back to back layups to cut the lead to 23-17, but the momentum did not last long as Gateway finished the third quarter on an 8-3 run.

Heading into the fourth quarter, NMMI was down six points and starting point guard Tianna Tsosie fouled out in the third quarter. Instead of folding and giving the game to Gateway, NMMI rattled off 2 turnovers in a row to get the Warriors out of sync and tied up the game at 37-37. NMMI went on 5-0 and then a turnover allowed Gateway to tie the game at 41-41 with thirty seconds left.

Demitra Ulibarri takes a shot early in the first half against Gateway.

After a shot hit the iron, Ulibarri grabbed the rebound and made the shot with less than five seconds remaining. Gateway did not get a shot off an NMMI won the game 43-41.

Ulibarri led NMMI offensively with 16 points and Valadez added 13 of her own.

NMMI will take on Lake Arthur Monday at the Godfrey Athletic Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 PM.


Lady Colts move to 2-0 with win over Roswell High ‘C’

Fast-break lay-up by Geraldlynn Notah.


Perimeter defense by NMMI’s Abigail Valadez.

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The Lady Colt varsity basketball team improved their record to 2-0, taking their second straight game at home with a win over Roswell High’s ‘C’ team, 42-16.

NMMI started the game with a 7-0 run, and never looked back, outscoring the Lady Coyotes in every quarter save the third.

“I really liked the intensity we had in the first half tonight. We played smart and under control from the very beginning,” said head coach Marisha Olesinski.

Tianna Tsosie with ball on the low post, looking for a way to score.

The Lady Colt fast break was working to perfection, earning several easy buckets with quick passes up the court after missed Roswell shots.

“We were looking ahead, seeing the open players up the court, making good passes, and getting good shots,” explained coach Olesinski.

The only Achilles heel for the Institute on the night was a slow third quarter where the NMMI offense managed just three points, while giving up eight to the Lady Coyotes.

“We did the same thing on our first game on Monday – didn’t play well in the third,” said coach. “That’s just something we’ll have to work on improving.”

Rilan Maloney going baseline around her RHS defender.

Top scorer for the Institute was Tsosie with 22 points; Notah and Dee Ulibarri each had eight.

NMMI’s next game will be on the road against Gateway Christian, but that won’t happen until after the Thanksgiving break. Tip-off at the Warrior Athletic Center is slated for 5:30 P.M. on Nov. 30.

Lady Colts win season opener

NMMI freshman point guard Tianna Tsosie brings the ball upcourt against the Lady Eagle press. Photo by Maggie Loudermilk

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Abigail Valadez with the ball on the low post, ready to take it to the hoop. Photo by Maggie Loudermilk

The Lady Colt basketball team won their season opener, downing Clovis Christian at home, 43-30.

NMMI got off to a bit of a rocky start, allowing the Lady Eagles to go up 4-0 just seconds after tip-off, but came back to take the lead, 12-6 by the end of the first period.

“It was our first game,” said head coach Marisha Olesinski.  “You just don’t know what to expect. We came out a little bit tight, I thought, maybe a little bit nervous. We’ve got a lot of new girls on the team, and they’re trying to get to know each other.”

The Lady Colts extended that led in the second quarter, outscoring Clovis Christian 13-4.

“I was very happy with how we played in the second quarter,” continued Olesinski. “But I think that nervousness came back again after halftime. I’m always telling our players that the third quarter is the most important, so maybe I scared them.”

Rilan Maloney wraps an inside pass around her defender. Photo by Maggie Loudermilk

That third period saw NMMI’s led slip to seven points, as the Lady Eagles went on a 10-2 run.

“The game got a lot closer after that, but we got back to work in the fourth and played well,” said Olesinski.

NMMI’s offense had their most productive period in the fourth, pouring in 16 points, while giving up 10 to the Eagles.

Top scorer for the Lady Colts was junior forward Dee Ulibarri with 14. Freshman shooting guard Rilan Maloney had 10.

Gerldlynn Notah looks to score off an NMMI fast break. Photo by Maggie Loudermilk

Ulibarri and senior center Abigail Valadez tied for the game high in rebounds, each with eight.

“It’s always good to get a win during your first game of the season. It was a tough game. Clovis Christian played really well, but I like it when we play our offense. We seem to focus more, move the ball better, and end up getting better shots. I don’t like when we play street ball, because then, the chaos: no one knows what to do. We just need to play under control,” said Olesinski.

The Lady Colts won’t get much practice time to figure out how to set up and run that offense: they’ll be off tomorrow, but have another game on Thursday, Nov. 16 at home vs. the Roswell High ‘C’ team at 5:00 P.M.

Winning season for Lady Colt basketball

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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.