Tuesday night, the Railroaders got their revenge as they left Incline Village with a 66-58 win over the current Mount Rose League leaders.
“We played hard the whole game and we stayed composed,” Sparks coach Dan Schreiber said. “We had a great shot selection all night. We ran full court man-to-man the whole game. We wanted to take advantage of our depth with them only having five or six kids.”
After falling behind 14-12 in the first quarter, Sparks stormed back and outscored the Highlanders 24-15 to grab a 36-29 halftime lead. The Maroon and Gold extended its lead to double digits with the scoreboard reading 50-39 going into the fourth quarter, cruising to the win.
“It’s a great win for us,” Schreiber said. “They came down last week and got us at our place and to come up here and get them back at their place is great. They are a great team and have beaten some top teams, so I think this can be a real confidence booster for us.”
The Railroaders were led by Erik Garcia, Brian Morgan, Xavier Rodriguez and C.J. Sampang, who all finished with double-digit points.
Incline (17-6, 6-1) was led by Bobby Thoms, who tallied 20 points in the contest. Mitch Gehring and Jordan Wright both finished with 10 points each.
Sparks (16-6, 4-2) will play again up at the lake, this team visiting South Tahoe on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
•The Sparks girls basketball team could not pull off an upset in its Mount Rose League matchup, falling to Incline 56-47 Tuesday evening.
“We played well,” Sparks coach Tony Shaw said. “We fought hard. We were good for most of the night, the second quarter just killed us. I think they went on a 10-0 or 12-0 spurt that opened the game up. They pressed us and we turned the ball over. We were down 11 at halftime and we just couldn’t claw back.”
The Railroaders have been plagued by turnovers leading to large bursts for the opposing team for much of the season and it is a problem they are still seeking the answer for.
“I don’t know how you avoid it,” Shaw said. “We know the press is coming. We’ve grown and evolved, and they know it, they just don’t know how to stop it. We keep going back to the old things that we do and the old things that we are comfortable with, and they end up being the wrong things to do.”
Guard Krystal Parker led the Maroon and Gold effort with 15 points, while forward Emma Klune chipped in with 10 points.
Incline (9-13, 5-1) was led by sophomore forward Kortney Solis, who had a game-high 18 points.
Sparks (3-11, 1-5) travels to play South Tahoe on Friday at 6 p.m.