Sparks fell at Hug 61-33 Thursday night, but it was a huge step in the right direction as the same HHS club had drubbed Sparks, 54-14, just seven days earlier.
"We're a work in progress," first-year Sparks coach Frank Avilla said. "I was very pleased with the effort of girls gave tonight. The last time we played them, we didn't even score 15 points ... Tonight, I asked the girls to score more and improve on things they each needed to work on. They responded and did everything the coaching staff asked."
Hug was probably wondering if it was facing the same Sparks team. The Railroaders ran out to a quick 7-0 edge midway through the first period. Hug stopped the bleeding and closed the first quarter on a 13-2 run to lead 13-9 after the first eight minutes of action.
The non-league affair was still tight into halftime. The scoreboard read 21-17 at the break as each time managed eight points in the second period. Hug was a bit better in the third quarter, extending its edge to 35-26. The host Hawks then proceeded to nix any faint Railroaders comeback hopes by blowing the game open in the final period. Hug outscored Sparks 26-7 in the fourth period.
Gabby Morgan and Senifa Po'i scored eight and seven points respectively to pace the Sparks offense. Hug's Ann Lewis led all scorers, finishing with 26 points.
Sparks (0-4) is in action again Dec. 19 when it meets DI-A North rival Truckee.