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Third period leads to Lady Colt victory over Roswell High ‘C’

Tianna Tsosie puts up a jump shot from the free throw line during the second quarter of the Colts victory over Roswell High C team on Monday.


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The Lady Colt basketball team will head into the holiday break with a perfect 2-0 record after downing Roswell High’s ‘C’ team, 51-35.

NMMI opened up the scoring with a shot from the top of the key by point guard Miranda Garcia, then made it 8-2 after forward Demitra Ulibarri when to the line to try and complete the ‘And-1’. She missed the free throw but got the rebound and put-back with just over four minutes to play in the first period.

The Coyotes’ full-court press helped them make a come-back, however, forcing several Colt turnovers resulting in easy lay-ups – just a three-point ballgame, 10-7, at the end of the first.

NMMI again started the scoring in the second period, this time on a jump-stop two-pointer by Tianna Tsosie.

After a six-point NMMI run, Roswell High’s Adrianna Carroll connected from long range, her first of two threes in the game, to make the score 16-10 with a little over six minutes left.

NMMI’s Garcia made a great inside pass by to forward Rilan Maloney after breaking the RHS half-court trap, to make it 20-11 at the 4:18 mark.

But that trap helped RHS to again catch up, with the Colts holding a slim three-point lead, 20-17, with 2:07 left to play in the half.

At the 1:36 mark, RHS center Maddie Francis – who tied Ana Albarez for top Coyote spot in scoring with eight- picked up her third foul and went to the bench. But her substitute, forward Lilly Mohr, made the final basket of the period to make it 22-19 at halftime.

NMMI owned the third period, outscoring RHS 15-3.

Ulibarri hit a short-range two to start the offensive onslaught, and was quickly followed by a coast-to-coast lay-in by Maloney to make it 26-19.

Lady Colts extended their lead to 15, 35-20, after back-to-back buckets by forward Kiara Knowles and Tsosie, then followed-up by a pair from the paint by Ulibarri.

After a Coyote field goal, Ulibarri sunk the buzzer-beater to end the period 37-22.

Roswell High’s Christian Ellenburg drove the lane for two to start fourth, 37-24, but NMMI again won the point total for the period, 14-13, to hang on for the win.

NMMI’s Ulibarri was the top scorer of the game with 28 points. Maloney had seven points for the Lady Colts, along with 11 rebounds.

“We’re very happy with the win, but we still have a lot of work to do,” said head NMMI coach Marisha Olesinski. “We had way too many turnovers in the first half – 12 alone in the first period. I told the girls at halftime that if we wanted to win, we had to cut down on the turnovers. And in the third, we took care of the ball and it showed.”

The next game for NMMI won’t happen until after the new year, with the Lady Colts playing their first game at home, versus Lake Arthur on Jan. 15 – tipoff set for 5:00 PM in the Godfrey Athletic Center gym.

Lady Colts wrap up regular season with win

Outside jump shot by NMMI’s Tianna Tsosie.

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NMMI’s Rilan Maloney on the fast break after an Artesia turnover.

On Thursday evening the Lady Colt basketball team (12-4) ended their season on a winning note as they defeated Artesia “C” for the second time this season 49-29.

NMMI used a strong inside game, netting their first four buckets from inside the paint.  Freshman guard Tianna Tsosie scored constitutive baskets to give the Lady Colts a 9-2 lead with three minutes remaining in the first quarter.

“Tianna kept us in the game the first half,” said head coach Marisha Olesinski. “We did not make the easy shots like we usually do.”

Artesia responded with three buckets of their own to end the quarter trailing the Lady Colts by one, 9-8.

The second quarter was back and forth as NMMI and Artesia traded buckets until the buzzer sounded for halftime.

Miranda Garcia finishes with an easy bucket after a Lady Bulldog turnover.

Tsosie continued to shoot the ball well as she scored all seven points for the Lady Colts in the second quarter.

The score was tied 16-16 heading into halftime.

With one half left to play, NMMI came out and dominated the remainder of the game.

Demitra Ulibarri scored eight points in the third quarter to give the Institute the lead 29-25 heading into the fourth.

Stellar defense by the Lady Colts turned into an offensive outburst, which allowed NMMI to go on a 20-4 run to end the game 49-29.

“I think our entire team played well tonight,” said head coach Marisha Olesinski. “They all stepped up and played great defense.”

Lady Colt Abigial Valadez has her inside shot blocked by Artesia’s Faith Evans.

Tsosie led all scorers with 20 points and Ulibarri added 16 of her own.

NMMI will be graduating three seniors Abigail Valadez, Sashkia Pena and Flor Toscano.

“We are going to miss our seniors tremendously,” said Olesinski. “They are incredible young ­­women.”

Lady Colts storm past Hagerman JV

NMMI’s Jaylene Moore edges out Hagerman’s Adiel Clark for a loose-ball rebound. Photo by Sheroya Sewell.


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Tough defense out on the wing by NMMI’s Flor Toscano against Lady Bobcat Pheonna Cope. Photo by Sheroya Sewell.

The Lady Colt basketball team continued their winning ways on Thursday as they faced the Hagerman Bobcats junior varsity and defeated them 52-27.

NMMI took control of the game from the very beginning – Demitra Ulibarri scoring the first six points – and never surrendered that lead.

“We started of the game very good,” said head Coach Marisha Olesinski. “We made some good shots in the first two minutes and that allowed up to build a lead early.”

The Institute held a 20-8 advantage at the end of the first.

Abigail Valadez and Tianna Tsosie caught fire in the second quarter as they combined for nine of the 15 points in the period giving NMMI a 35-14 at halftime.

Wide open jump shot from just inside the three-point arc by NMMI’s Miranda Garcia. Garcia finished with six points for the Lady Colts. Photo by Sheroya Sewell.

Abundant turnovers resulted in a sluggish third quarter. Neither team managed a bucket for the first three minutes of play.

“Our defense was outstanding tonight,” said Olesinski. “We pressured their guards and made them turn the ball over and our rebounding was excellent.”

Tsosie continued to pave the way for the Lady Colts, sinking three shots for six points – bringing her total to 14 – and NMMI led 43-21 heading into the fourth.

NMMI had the momentum the entire game and the scoreboard showed it at the end of the game and the offensive struggles for Hagerman resulted in a 25-point loss.

Tianna Tsosie takes the ball upcourt for the Lady Colts, past Hagerman defender Esther De La Cruz. Photo by Sheroya Sewell.

Tsosie led all scorers on the night with 18 points. Valadez finished with 13 and Ulibarri added 12 of her own. Hagerman’s Yamile Otriz led the Bobcats with 11.

The Lady Colts travel to Loving on Monday and tipoff is set for 5:00 PM.

Lady Colts defeat Gateway Christian

Gateway’s Megyn Balok trying for the steal against NMMI’s Tianna Tsosie. Photo by Chris Mathews

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The Lady Colt basketball team got back to their winning ways defeating Gateway Christian for the second time this season, 40-29.

While surrounded by a trio of Gateway Christian playersm NMMI’s Miranda Garcia stops to take a shot at the top of the key. Photo by Chris Mathews

The last time the two teams faced off, NMMI edged out Gateway 43-41 thanks to a Demitra Ulibarri rebound and put back to give the Institute the win.

After a pump fake, NMMI’s Rilan Maloney drives in from the wing. Photo by Chris Mathews

This time around NMMI played much better defense only allowing the Lady Warriors to score 29 points, well under what they scored the previous game.

“Our defense was a lot better than last night,” said head coach Marisha Olesinski. “Usually good defense turns into offense and we did not have as many turnovers as we usually do.

Lady Colt Demitra Ulibarri with the shot in the paint, defense by Lady Warrior Emily Turner. Photo by Chris Mathews

Gateway’s Megyn Balok lead all scorers with 15 of her teams 29 points, she was the only Lady Warrior in double figures.

Ulibarri and Tianna Tsosie added 11 points in for the Lady Colts.

NMMI will take on the Hagerman Bobcats Thursday evening at 5:00 PM on the NMMI campus.

Lady Colts blowout Loving

Dribble drive by Lady Colt Tianna Tsosie. Photo by Tanner Hightower-Wilson

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On Thursday evening the NMMI Lady Colt basketball team took on the Loving Lady Falcons and defeated them 60-29 in their first game back from Christmas break.

Contested inside shot by NMMI’s Abigail Valadez. Photo by Tanner Hightower-Wilson

Despite having a month off from their last game, the Institute was red hot from the field. Head coach Marisha Olesinski, “I am very surprised at how well we came out and shot the basketball after the break. It usually takes a few games to get back in the groove of things, but I am happy with the outcome.”

Miranda Garcia looks inside to pass.

NMMI played stellar defense as they forced 18 turnovers against Loving. “Defensively we played excellent,” said Olesinski. “We put tons of pressure on their guards and our girls took full advantage of their mistakes.”

Jump shot in the paint by NMMI’s Demitra Ulibarri. Photo by Tanner Hightower-Wilson

The Lady Colts had some added help as Miranda Garcia played her first game of the season and scored 16 points. She also contributed in speeding up the game, which was not a good thing for the Lady Falcons. “Miranda played very well for us tonight,” said Olesinski. “She pressured the ball and set the tone defensively for the team.”

The Institute had four players in double figures, Demitra Ulibarri leading the way with 20 points, Garcia with 16, Rilan Maloney with 12, and Tiana Tsosie added 10.

NMMI will travel to Roswell High on Monday at 5:00 PM to take on their C team.