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Rough night for Sparks boys and girls at South Tahoe
by Tribune Staff
Jan 14, 2014 | 845 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As has been the case several times this season, the Sparks boys basketball team played well enough, early, to win only to watch the other guys celebrate.

Sparks trailed just 23-19 at the half Tuesday night at South Tahoe before a tough third quarter caused them to stare at an insurmountable 16-point deficit. The Railroaders eventually went on to fall 61-33.

“We are getting that great shot selection but it’s just the ball isn’t going in,” Sparks coach Dan Schreiber said. “We’re not drawing much of the luck card right now.

“Tonight was just one of the games it got out of control in the third quarter and we couldn’t come back.”

Tuesday’s loss was the sixth straight for Sparks (1-13), a number of which have been disheartening, including a three-point loss at Dayton and a one-point loss at Fernley.

But Schreiber’s young group is not hanging its head.

“They are still motivated to play. They are pretty much all gym rats,” Schreiber said. “They love playing.”

Isaiah Campbell led the Railroaders with 11 points.

“We really have to put four quarters together. We are not good enough to beat a team with just two quarters of play,” Schreiber said. “We have to string together 32 minutes of solid basketball and we’ll start picking up wins.”

Sparks will try to snap its skid Friday at home against Fallon. Tip is at 7:30 p.m.

The Sparks girls did not have any more luck than the boys against the Vikings Tuesday night, falling 51-13.

The Railroaders (1-11) trailed 22-5 at the half and were not able to close the gap in the second half.

Sparks coach Frank Avilla said the final score did not dictate the way his team played at South Tahoe, however. Like the boys, he said the shots were there for his group but they were unable to find the net. Sparks missed 16 layups in transition.

Despite the struggles this season, Avilla remains positive moving forward in his first season at the helm.

“If we didn’t have the opportunities, or didn't continue to get the ball to the rim, then I would be worried,” Avilla said. “But with practice, and the way they're buying in like they’re doing, they’re not giving up and they are working very hard. I’m very, very proud of their hustle on the court.”

Gabby Morgan scored five points for Sparks and Marisa Coleman chipped in four.

Avilla’s squad will try to pick up its second win of the season Friday at home against Fallon.

"Things are starting to happen a little bit better and hey, when we did put it together one night, we had 51 (51-38 win at Dayton on Dec. 20),” Avilla said. “But that’s few and far in between and we have to straighten those things (out).”

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