WOOD RIVER JCT. — Taber Gates filled in at point guard and played a major role in Westerly Middle’s 66-40 boys’ basketball victory against Chariho on Thursday.Gates ran the offense well and led all scorers with 16 points, said Bulldog coach Chris Sammataro.Dave Tiedemann scored 14 points including 11 in the first quarter which ended with Westerly on top 14-10.The Bulldogs went on to lead 31-20 at halftime and 49-35 after three periods.Jalen Valentin had 12 rebounds and nine points for Westerly, which improved to 4-2 overall and in the Southern Division.Gates, an eighth-grader who normally plays the two guard, moved to point guard because John Luzzi is out with a knee injury. Luzzi averaged 12.6 points per game through the first five games.Chariho fell to 1-5 overall and in league play.Westerly’s next game is Thursday against Wheeler (10:30 a.m.) in the Westerly Middle School tournament. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL Chariho 27, Westerly 22 WESTERLY — Chariho led at each quarter stop in Thursday’s Southern Division win — 6-4, 13-7 and 21-7.Gabriella Celico led Westerly in scoring with eight points and also had seven rebounds. Isis Hamelin had five points and nine steals, and Kate Broullette had four points and four rebounds.Westerly’s next game is in the Westerly Middle School tournament. The Bulldogs play Wheeler in a 1:30 p.m. first-round game Thursday at 1:30 p.m. WRESTLING Westerly 61, North Cumberland 25 CUMBERLAND — Westerly Middle’s wrestling team won seven of the 12 contested weight classes and defeated North Cumberland 61-25 on Wednesday afternoon.The Bulldogs won five matches by pinfall incuding a 16-second pin by returning state champion Brady Holdredge. Holdredge bumped up a weight class to 112 pounds.Dominic Bonano (82) won by tech fall, 15-1, avenging a loss to the champion of last weekend’s the Birchwood tournament.Max Davis (200) pinned in 24 seconds, Shawn Moore (185) pinned in 1:17, Jacob Schafer (140) pinned with 2 seconds left in the 90-second first period, and Ryan O’Donnell (148) pinned in 3:31.Raul Santiago won 9-6 at 119 pounds.Westerly (2-1, 2-1 Northern Division) is off until Jan. 7 when it will host McCourt at 5:30 p.m. McCourt was runnerup to Westerly in the Birchwood tourney. D.J. Dave Christina will be MC-ing the match.