Mountainair High sisters Delila and Mary Nelson were unstoppable, especially in the early goings, as the Lady Mustangs overpowered the host Estancia Lady Bears last Thursday 40-29.
The dynamic duo scored Mountainair’s first 17 points on the way to building a commanding 22-2 halftime lead.
Delila led Mountainair with 23 points, Mary finished with 10.
“At the beginning I thought we handled [Estancia] very well,” said Mountainair head coach Troy Schmidt.
Leanne Calhoon hit Estancia’s only basket of the first half. She led the Lady Bears with 10.
Estancia head coach Travis Watts said his team wasn’t aggressive enough in the first half.
“We gave up open shots, we turned the ball over, and we let Delila and Mary come down the floor and do whatever they wanted to, we just didn’t have an answer for stopping them,” Watts said.
Estancia was better in the second half and took advantage of Mountainair’s fatigue, outscoring the Lady ‘Stangs 17-5 in the fourth quarter.
“Estancia’s going to scrap against us, they’re not going to give in and you have to respect that, but they’ve got a deeper bench and we just got tired,” Schmidt said, noting that senior Taylor Gikas didn’t come off the floor the whole game.
Watts said he talked to the team during halftime about being more aggressive in the second half.
I told them, ‘If you’re open take it,’ and eventually the shots started falling,” Watts said. “But we’ve got to show up for four quarters.”
The Lady Bears lost at Santa Rosa on Saturday, 51-29.
Leota started working for The Independent in 2006, working her way up through the ranks. An employee buyout in 2010 led to her ownership of the newspaper. Leota has served on the board of the N.M. Press Association, and is currently its First Vice President. She is passionate about health and wellness, especially mental health, and loves making art. She can be reached at [email protected]