After eight minutes of play, the Sparks girls found themselves trailing just 11-10 at home against Truckee on Friday night.
As it has been all season, that’s as good as it got for the Railroaders. They scored just 13 points the rest of the way in a 61-24 loss.
The defeat extended the Railroaders’ winless start to the season to 11 games. The Wolverines improved to 10-9, 4-5 in the DI-A North.
Kacie Nicholas was a bright spot for Sparks in the loss, finishing with a team-high 11 points, five of which came in the competitive first quarter.
Trailing by 13 at the half, Sparks was on the wrong end of a 12-4 run to start the third quarter that ended any uncertainty about the outcome.
At the half, Sparks trailed 27-14.
The Railroaders were only down one, 11-10, after the first quarter before Truckee started trapping defensively. Sparks struggled to handle the pressure and turnovers led to a 12-0 Truckee run to start the second quarter.
Caroline Aguilar put back a miss with 2:37 left in the half to end the Wolverines’ run. Nicholas also put back a miss, at the buzzer, to account for the Railroader’s only other points of the quarter.
Sparks hosts Spring Creek next Friday at 6 p.m.
Reed dropped at home by Reno
The Reed girls were outmatched on Friday night at home against Reno.
The experienced Husky squad rolled to 18-2, 9-1 in the DI North with a comfortable 74-34 road win. The Raiders, who lost their second-straight and third of their last four, fell to 7-6, 5-5.
Sophomore Serene Townsell-Williams scored seven of her team high 10 points in the first quarter as the Raiders trailed 21-11 but it was all Reno from that point on.
The Huskies led 43-18 at the break.
Larsa Guzman had seven points in the loss.
For Reno, Oregon commit Mallory McGwire had 20 despite not playing in the fourth quarter.
The Raiders will try to put an end to their losing streak next Tuesday at Spanish Springs.
Spanish Springs can’t hang on at North Valleys
The Spanish Springs girls’ playoff bid took a blow on Friday night with a 60-48 loss at North Valleys.
The Cougars, who dropped to 5-15, 3-7 in the DI-A North, had the chance to sneak within a game of Reed, which lost to Reno, for the fourth and final playoff spot in the High Desert League but remain two games out.
The Panthers improved to 12-3, 6-3 in the DI-A North.
The Cougs found an offensive groove early and led 29-18 at the break but allowed 29 third-quarter points, leading to the road loss.
Alysa Domingues led Spanish Springs with 15 points. Kalli Prendergast had 13.
The Cougars host Reed on Tuesday.