The North Tahoe basketball teams both dropped their Mount Rose League games at Sparks on Tuesday, as the girls lost 29-28 and the boys 63-42.
The Laker boys got off to a slow start like they often do and trailed 17-4 by the end of the first quarter against one of the toughest Division I-A teams.
North Tahoe recovered to score 10 points to the Railroaders' 11 in the second quarter, but the hosts took control with a 22-point third quarter to extend their lead to 50-26.
"We had a horrible first quarter. The ball would not fall," said North Tahoe coach Frank Wright. "It would roll around and pop out. We got a little better in the second quarter but just could not get rolling. Sparks is a exceptional team; they will go deep into the playoffs. They have six players that will be able to play at the next level - a couple could go big time."
Junior point guard Alex Tyler led the Lakers with 17 points. Colin Spencer scored nine points, while Noah McDermott, Mitchell Myers and Alex Bourriague each scored four. Darius Devine poured in 18 points to lead the Railroaders, and Keiffer Putman added 11 points.
"It's always fun playing someone like Sparks to tune up for zones coming up next week," Wright said. "We won't see anyone with their speed and athletic ability, so nothing should faze us at zone. Although I will miss the competition next year, I will not miss the losses we get from playing Division I-A teams."
North Tahoe is now 10-13 overall and 3-6 in Mount Rose League play. Sparks is 16-8 overall and 8-0 in league.
The Laker girls fell behind early as well, trailing 22-12 at the half. The Lakers held the Railroaders to only seven points in the second half and made a run in the fourth quarter, but they came up one point short.
Junior guard Angela Wood led North Tahoe (8-13, 2-7) with 16 points.
Both Laker teams will compete in the Northern Division III regional tournament in Elko on Feb. 14-15. Seedings, which are based on a mysterious points system, are not yet final.
UP NEXT: North Tahoe will end the regular season with a Mount Rose League game at Truckee on Friday, girls at 6 p.m. and boys at 7:30.