Sparks looked to even up its record at 1-1, but instead was saddled with a 30-point defeat, 62-32.
“I knew what they (Fernley) were going to do,” Sparks’ coach Tony Shaw said. “We were well prepared.”
The Railroaders scored the first bucket of the game with a jump shot from Sierra Shaw. The Vaqueros scored the next five points but Amber Goor sank a 3-pointer to tie it up. Fernley’s Sam Rambeau made two free throws to pull ahead 7-5 and that’s the closest Sparks would be for the rest of the night.
Fernley scored the first seven points of the second quarter to pull ahead 16-5. Cynthia Hawkins stepped up and scored two layups for Sparks. However, Hawkins’ six-point quarter didn’t help her squad, which was outscored 24-11 in the period. The Railroaders went into halftime down 33-16.
The third quarter wasn’t much better for the Railroaders. Coach Shaw received a technical foul with 11 seconds left in the quarter. Rambeau made both free throws to go into the fourth quarter, giving her Fernley squad a 46-23 lead.
Sparks scored the first three points of the fourth quarter to trail 46-26 but Fernley came back with a 10-2 run to pull ahead by 31 points, 56-27. Sparks managed only five points in the last five and a half minutes to lose 62-32.
Free throws did not help the Railroaders Wednesday. Sparks connected on just 8-of-24 at the line.
“We’re just very immature,” Coach Shaw said. “Some girls are still afraid to play and we can’t shoot. Our shots just aren’t going down.”
Fernley’s Rambeau had a game-high 17 points and Dakota Shaw led the Railroaders with 11.
“We didn’t rebound very well. We didn’t shoot well and we didn’t take care of the ball,” Shaw said. “It’s not the fact that other teams beat us, but we beat ourselves. We’d be OK if we would do what we’re supposed to do.”
Shaw says the team will just keep working and hopefully the light will come on for his team.
Sparks displayed its new player, Ruby Valdez, who was pulled up from junior varsity and made her first appearnce for the Railroaders in the second quarter.
Sparks (1-10, 0-2) travels to Incline Friday and hosts Truckee on Saturday.