The Sparks boys were on the wrong end of a 77-63 decision on Wednesday night at home against South Tahoe.
The Railroaders, who opened DI-A North play 3-1, dropped to 4-11, 3-5 with their fourth-straight loss. The Vikings improved to 7-9, 4-2.
Sparks was done in by a slow start to both halves. The Railroaders trailed 25-15 after the first quarter but snuck within 38-35 at the break.
The Vikings then outscored their hosts 19-7 in the third quarter, which ultimately decided the contest. The game was originally scheduled to be played last week but was pushed to Wednesday night due to a storm that brought heavy snow to Lake Tahoe.
Sparks will try to snap its losing streak on Friday night at home against Truckee.
The Railroaders beat the Wolverines 63-43 at Truckee on Jan. 2.
Railroaders turn in season’s best effort
The Sparks girls played arguably their best game of the season on Wednesday night at home against South Tahoe, but still ended up with a 54-34 loss.
The Railroaders, who fell to 0-10, 0-8, trailed by 12 late in the fourth quarter before four-straight South Tahoe fast break buckets to close the contest pushed the difference to 20.
“I see improvement. I think the second half we’ll be a different team out there,” Sparks coach Frank Avilla said. “Their confidence is starting to show … We’re still being plagued with missed opportunities underneath but tonight closed the gap ever so slightly.”
Sparks trailed by six after one quarter, 13 at the half and 18 after three before getting within 12 only to see the difference balloon up to 20 at the final whistle.
Gieselle Chavez led the Railroaders with 13 points.
Sparks will continue to look for its first win of the season on Friday night at home against Truckee.