North Tahoe basketball | Girls rebound from slow start, beat Sparks |

North Tahoe basketball | Girls rebound from slow start, beat Sparks

Sylas Wright / Sun File PhotoAngela Wood scored 11 points and pulled down 15 rebounds during the Lakers' 42-31 win at Sparks on Tuesday.

The North Tahoe girls’ basketball team recovered from a sluggish start to earn a 42-31 Mount Rose League win at Sparks on Tuesday.

The Railroaders jumped out to a 10-2 lead before the Lakers began settling in, cutting the deficit to 13-7 by the end of the first quarter. By the half, North Tahoe had taken a 16-13 lead.

and#8220;We just can’t play in the first quarter away,and#8221; said North Tahoe head coach Rick Buhler. and#8220;It’s killing me.and#8221;

After an evenly played third quarter, the Lakers put the game away by outscoring the hosts 19-11 in the final frame.

Senior Sam Jeffers tallied 11 points and 19 rebounds, sophomore Angela Wood had 11 points and 15 rebounds, and freshman Sage Chador had 12 rebounds. Junior point guard Elizabeth Buhler heated up in the fourth to finish with 10 points.

The Lakers improved to 4-4 in Mount Rose League play and are guaranteed a berth in the Northern 2A postseason. Sparks fell to 1-8 in league.

The Northern 2A Regional Tournament is scheduled for Feb. 16-18 at Wooster and Bishop Manogue high schools. The top eight seeds from the Northern 2A qualify. The top two teams from the regional tournament advance to state.

The Laker boys, meanwhile, lost 64-39 at Sparks to fall to 0-8 in league play. The Railroaders, who have secured the top 3A seed from the Mount Rose League, improved to 7-2.

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