Putman’s third 3-pointer and 11th point of the first quarter forged the Railroaders ahead, 15-8. D.J. Devine followed with a bucket and the Maroon and Gold led 17-8. That was the largest lead of the game for the visitors.
Sparks owned a 17-11 advantage after the first eight minutes, but the second quarter did not bode well for the Railroaders.
Elko opened the second quarter with a 15-2 run and never trailed again. The Indians enjoyed a double-digit cushion at the end of the first half on a basket by Nathan Klekas, making it a 35-24 ballgame.
After a Klekas free throw early in the third increased the gap to 40-26, Sparks began to battle back.
A Putman trey cut the deficit to six, 43-37, to end the third period.
However, the fourth quarter was like the second. The Indians pulled away by outscoring the Railroaders 22-14.
Sparks (6-8) returns home for a 7:30 p.m. tip-off against Fernley Tuesday.
It was not a good trip east for the Sparks girls basketball team. A day after losing 65-23 at Spring Creek, it got much worse at Elko.
The Railroaders failed to score in the second half against the Indians, and what was a somewhat manageable 34-13 halftime deficit turned into a 63-13 loss.
Elko's zone defenses proved unsolvable for Sparks.
On the other side, the Indians had three players finish in double figures, including one who single-handily outscored the Maroon and Gold.
Anna DuBois led the way with 14 points, while Erin Nielsen and RaeLynn Forcella added 12 and 10 points respectively as all 10 Indians found the scoring column.