The Railroaders were the first local squad to take the court in their season debut, but they clearly weren’t in mid-season form as they dropped a 60-13 decision at Wooster.
Summer Dressler led all scorers with 16 points for the Colts. Teammates Alyssa MeMorca and Kathy Gardner added eight points apiece in the winning cause.
Sparks (0-1) also had an eight-point scorer in Krystal Parker, but the rest of the Railroaders combined for five points.
“We’ve got a ways to go on the offensive side,” Sparks girls basketball coach Tony Shaw said. “We were getting shots but they just weren’t going in. It’s become a mentality. Girls are in a hurry, and we miss a lot of little layups. We just have to work on it. I was happy with the defensive effort even though we gave up 60 points. The 60 points were deceiving. The hustle and the effort is there.”
The Maroon and Gold finally got on the board four minutes into the game on a Parker shot off the glass in transition, making it a 3-2 game. But that was as good as it got for the visitors.
For the next eight minutes, Sparks went scoreless and watched Wooster build a 23-2 lead by the midway point of the second quarter.
The Railroaders converted a pair of free throws with 3:39 remaining in the first half, but that was the only other time they scored in the first half.
The Colts owned a 30-4 edge at the break.
Sparks switched to a full-court press in the second half to try to make it more difficult on Wooster’s offense, but it didn’t help much. The Colts put up 30 points in a half again.
“I just wanted to get them moving because we were just standing there for the most part,” Shaw said. “I knew we were in good shape, and I thought it would work to our advantage. But we couldn’t take advantage of it because we dug ourselves into a big hole that we couldn’t dig ourselves out of.”
The Railroaders’ offense improved some after halftime. The highlight came at the buzzer signaling the end of the third quarter when Parker banked in a 3-pointer from the top of the key, cutting the deficit to 44-11.
Wooster outscored the visitors 16-2 in the final eight minutes to finish off the rout.
Sparks will participate in the Fernley tournament next week.