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Sparks girls lose at Damonte, boys win in Elko
by Kayla Dubchansky
Dec 11, 2009 | 580 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Spark girls basketball team did not have a good night at Damonte Ranch’s “pink out” event Friday night, falling to the host school 56-8.

“It’s been the story of all season,” Sparks coach Tony Shaw said of his team’s offense. “I think we just have girls that are afraid to be aggressive on offense. They’re waiting for someone else to do something. I’ve got five people waiting for someone else to do something.”

The Railroaders (0-3) scored just one point in both the first and second quarters, trailing 29-2 at halftime.

“On the defensive side, I’m pleased,” Shaw said. “We hustle. We battle. We do the right things when we’re supposed to, to stay in the game.”

Alex Perez hit a 3-pointer early in the third quarter, but Sparks trailed 31-5 and there was no going back en route to the 56-8 loss.

Sparks plays against Wooster at Damonte Ranch at 10 a.m. today followed by another game against North Valleys at 2:45 p.m.

Boys:

After a tough loss to Spanish Springs Thursday, Sparks bounced back for an 81-69 win over West Wendover at the Elko Red Lion Tournament Friday night.

Sparks (3-3) led the whole game. Veteran SHS coach Dick Lee said an hour-long practice earlier Friday helped and his team played better as a whole.

“West Wendover wasn’t the quality opponent that Spanish Springs was,” Lee said.”They’re not as big, not as strong, not as good basketball players.”

Angel Guillen led Sparks with 28 points, closely followed by Martin Jordan, who threw in 26. Andrew Garcia added 11 to Sparks’ winning effort.

“We shot better,” Lee said. “We didn’t shoot well against Spanish Springs but a lot of that had to do with their defensive effort … I don’t think we played exceptionally well defensively … I wasn’t happy with our defensive play.”

Sparks plays Elko today at 1:30 p.m.

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