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Sparks boys dump Incline; girls struggle
by Tribune Staff
Jan 29, 2013 | 1548 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Sparks Railroaders needed to overcome a lackadaisical first half to pull out a Mount Rose League win at Incline Tuesday night. Luckily for the SHS crew, it did just that and in resounding fashion.

Sparks turned a five-point halftime lead into a 31-point romp for a 60-29 road win over the host Highlanders in boys prep basketball action.

The Railroaders led by just five, 22-17, after a lackluster first two quarters. Sparks turned up its defensive intensity after the intermission and Incline had no answer.

"In the first half, we allowed them to run their offense," Sparks coach Dan Schreiber said. "We never got out and pressured the ball. At halftime, we talked about hedging and trapping the ball. We came out in the third and went on a 20-0 run.

"In the first half it was kind of frustrating to watch. We were flat out lazy on defense. We were playing behind them a lot on their dribble-drive offense. They do a lot of handoffs. We made the adjustment at halftime that every time they handed off, we doubled the ball. They had a lot of trouble with that pressure."

Keiffer Putman finished with 19 points to lead Sparks, while Isaiah Campbell added 13 for the Railroaders.

Schreiber was not pleased after watching his team perform like two polar opposite clubs before and then after halftime.

"We are too late in the season to play two very different halves, especially when it's because of a decision we're making, not a skill level or anything our opponent is going," the SHS coach said. "In the second half, we came out and attacked. That made a big difference ... We've talked about it and there is no reason to have excuses for lazy play."

Sparks (13-8, 7-0 MRL) will hit the hardwood again Friday night when it hosts Whittell at 7:30 p.m.


The Sparks girls did not fare as well as their male counterparts. Incline hung a 54-24 shellacking on its Railroader guests Tuesday night

Krystal Parker accounted for more than half of the Sparks offense, finishing with 14 points.

"Krystal played really well, but she's about the only one," Sparks coach Frank Avilla said. "She's playing hard. We've just had some ups and downs. We've had some injury issues, some academic issues and we're just still a work in progress. It's been a rough go.

"We've got some new faces getting some playing time. I still think if the girls believe in themselves and play together, we can play well and we can shock some people. We're seeing some progress. We'll keep improving."

Sparks (1-13, 1-6) is at home Friday against Whittell. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.

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