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January 24, 2013
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North Tahoe basketball | Lakers split against Sparks

The North Tahoe basketball teams split their Mount Rose League games against visiting Sparks on Tuesday, as the girls won 47-38 and the boys lost 61-34.

The Laker girls started out slowly before heating up in the final two quarters, when they began creating steals that led to fast-break layups.

"We had a four-point second quarter, but we hung in there and played good basketball in the second half," said North Tahoe coach Rick Buhler. "We just started executing what we were supposed to do."

Sara Trimm led the Lakers with 18 points, while Angela Wood contributed 16 points in the win.

North Tahoe is now 7-9 overall and 1-4 in Mount Rose League play. Sparks is 1-11 overall and 1-5 in league, with its one win coming against Whittell.

In the boys game, the Lakers played the larger Railroaders tough in the first quarter, trailing only 17-11. But Sparks took control with a 14-6 second quarter to carry a 31-17 lead into the half. North Tahoe battled back with 11 points to Sparks' 14 in the third quarter before emptying the bench in the fourth.

Senior forward Colin Spencer led the Lakers with 14 points, while Mitchell Myers and Alex Tyler scored seven points apiece.

North Tahoe coach Frank Wright complimented the play of freshman Nick Joslin, who he said played "a heck of a game defensively" and is starting to turn a corner against varsity competition. Omar Vargas also played a solid game off the bench, Wright said.

Bobby Brown led Sparks (11-8, 5-2) with 14 points.

The Lakers are now 8-10 overall and 2-3 in Mount Rose League play.

UP NEXT: North Tahoe is scheduled to host Whittell on Friday, girls at 6 p.m. and boys at 7:30.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jan 24, 2013 06:56PM Published Jan 24, 2013 06:54PM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.