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Sparks girls no match for Truckee
by Michael Lingberg
Feb 05, 2011 | 587 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Saturday afternoon's girls basketball tilt between Sparks Truckee was like a game of cat and mouse with Truckee being a very large cat and the Sparks being a very tiny and frightened mouse.

The host Railroaders struggled on their way to a 67-21 blowout loss to Truckee in the Brickhouse.

The SHS girls were held scoreless by Truckee until the 2:49 point of the first quarter when Stephanie Parker hit a 3-point shot. Meanwhile, the Wolverines built up a 14-3 lead. Sparks' Sandra Diaz hit a trey as the opening expired to bring the Railroaders to within eight, 14-6, as the period ended.

The second quarter saw Truckee point guard Megan Shalvis play with the Railroader defense and get whatever she wanted. She spun around, ran past, and shot over the defense. Her seven points in the period helped the Wolverines build up a 25-11 advantage with 3:08 to go until halftime.

Sparks guard Krystal Parker hit shot from behind the 3-point line to make the score 31-14 as time expired before intermission.

Diaz hit a jumper to snare the first basket for either team in the second half and make the score 32-16. Unfortunately it was all downhill from there for Sparks.

Truckee immediately ran off a 13-0 run to make its cushion 44-16 with 4:40 left in the third.

The Railroaders managed three more points in the period but the Wolverines doubled that output in the same amount of time to carry a 50-19 lead into the final period.

The final quarter was downright ugly for the Sparks girls as they were outscored 17-2. Sparks simply had no answer for Wolverines forward Aleigh Krug, who consistently found herself in good position to score on a post move.

“There’s not much to say,” said an exasperated Sparks head coach Tony Shaw. “They (Truckee) toyed with us for most of the game and we just couldn’t make shots we normally make. All those turnovers didn’t help either."

Krug led Truckee with 14 points. Shalvis followed with 11 as did Krysta Murphy.

Diaz and Parker led the Railroaders with five points each.

Sparks fell to 2-12 with the loss. Its next game is Tuesday against North Tahoe.
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