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It was a close game from start to finish, but after losing four of the first seven games by one or two points this year, the Lady Colt basketball team held on to top the Roswell High “C” team 51-45.
“That was a very nice looking game, and I’m so proud of my girls,” said coach Marisha Olesinski. Because we lost so many games by either one or two, I just wanted our girls to finally win the game, because they played well. They played tough. They hustled. They never gave up and they deserved to win tonight.”
NMMI started out a bit slow, giving up five unanswered points to open the game before closing the gap to 8-5 Coyotes after one.
Two baskets by Abby Valadez to open the second put the Colts on top 9-8, then the score went back and forth until Demitra Ulibarri put in two to make it 15-13 NMMI, and the Lady Colts went into the halftime break up 22-18.
Roswell High came out of the locker room fired up, scoring seven unanswered points to retake the lead, but NMMI battled back on two-pointers and free throws. After holding Roswell to one 3-pointer in the final 4:10 of the third quarter, Mia Walker nailed a 2 with :12 left in the stanza to put the Colts up 37-36 after three.
Walker opened the fourth with another shot from close in to stretch the lead to three, then the Coyotes tied it at 39-all and went up 41-40 before Sierra Walker went 1-for-2 from the line to give NMMI a lead it would never relinquish.
And free throws — which have been a thorn in the side of the Lady Colts all season — improved a lot. NMMI was 15-for-22 from the line for the game.
“We were hitting the free throws,” Olesinski said. “And I’m really pleased at another 50-plus game after such a long break. So I think my girls did something during that break. I’m just very happy for them.”
Ulibarri led the scoring with 14 points, but the rest of the points came from a mix of players. Elyssa Chino had 11 points and Abby Valadez nine. Sierra Walker only managed seven, and five of those were from the charity stripe.
“If you take the whole game, everybody contributed and everybody did what they needed to do,” the coach said, pointing out one interesting statistic. “In the first half, we had two turnovers. That, to me, was amazing, because the best teams turn it over more than that. So I think they played smart. They played focused. They really wanted to win. I’m very happy for them and they deserved to win.”
The 4-4 Colts will be looking to get on the winning side of the ledger Tuesday when they travel just down the road to face Gateway Christian, a team that beat NMMI by one point in early December.
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“It was a very good game,” said coach Marisha Olesinski. “Very close from start to finish, and I’m very happy with the way we played. We came off the break and the girls never gave up. They played good defense. They hustled. They were really focused and even though we lost by two points, I’m still happy with the way we performed.”
Playing in the Falcon gym, Loving jumped out to a 15-9 lead after one, but the Colts stormed back to tie it at 26-all at the half. NMMI took a 39-36 lead in the third quarter, and held that most of the way.
With three minutes remaining — after Dee Ulibarri had fouled out — the Lady Colts led by five. But the Falcons tied the game with about a minute remaining, and scored the winning points with 16 seconds left in the game.
“It was a very good game. Very good game,” Olesinski said. “I wish we could have won, but we didn’t.”
After a rough start to the season at the basket, Sierra Walker took charge Thursday, scoring 21 points.
“Sierra did a very good job stealing the ball and on the fast break,” the coach said. “It was really a team effort, and the only negative maybe was Dee, who fouled out four minutes into the fourth quarter. We had to play without her, but she did a good job under the basket on defense and she scored well too.”
Ulibarri tallied 12 points, and NMMI’s 50 total points was “really good after not touching a ball for a whole month,” Olesinski said.
The Lady Colts will have a busy week next week, with four games in six days. They’ll open play Monday at home vs. The Roswell High “C” team, then travel to just down the road to Gateway Tuesday.
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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.”
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Once again, NMMI’s big shooters didn’t get much scoring. Demitra Ulibarri led the Colt tally with eight points, and Sierra Walker had six. Both had their chances — both from the inside and, for Walker, from beyond the arc — but nothing was falling.
The first quarter was fairly close, as the Eagles only led 14-8. But they stretched that lead to 27-13 at the half, and 33-15 after three. Lady Eagle Fallon Vasquez was the night’s big scorer, picking up 23 points.
The Lady Colts close out the 2016 part of the season Monday with a 5 p.m. matchup vs. the Artesia “C” team at Godfrey Gymnasium.
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“It was a good game,” said coach Marisha Olesinski. “We played good. Everyone got to play, which I am very happy about. We were in control the whole game, and I’m very glad the girls who don’t get to play so much got to play tonight. It was a good game for us.”
Playing against the short-handed Panthers — who only had five girls on the floor — NMMI went up 20-4 in the first quarter and 30-10 at the half. Despite sitting most of the starters in the third quarter, the Lady Colts shut LAHS down 14-0 in the third to lead 44-10.
All 12 Lady Colts saw action, with eight players scoring. Demitra Ulibarri and Sierra Walker were top scorers with 12 points each. Elyssa Chino had eight and Grace Tompkins seven. Jaque Velo got 10 of the Panther’s 12 points — including a pair of 3-pointers, while Delilah Vela scored the final Lake Arthur basket.
The 2-2 Colts will have a tougher match Tuesday when they go back on the road, this time to Hondo (2-1.)
“Tomorrow will be a little tougher, so I’m glad that the girls who play a lot got to play less today, so they’ll be fresher and ready for tomorrow,” Olesinski said.
That game is set for 5:30 p.m.