Kate Powers

Kate Powers

WOOD RIVER JCT. — Chariho High junior Kate Powers missed the first three games of the girls basketball season with an injury.

Her first two games back she was clearly not 100 percent, scoring a combined four points and grabbing just eight rebounds.

After that, she was just about unstoppable.

"She's definitely a strong inside player," Chariho coach Tom Gilligan said. "She averaged a double-double. She's a hard worker. She plays with high energy and she's a really solid down-low contributor."

Powers averaged 19.2 points and 12.9 rebounds per game. Her efforts earned her Division II first-team honors. A total of 10 players in the 18-team league made first team.

From that group a Division II All-Class first and second team were selected. Powers was named to the second team. She has been named All-Division three times.

With 880 points over three seasons, Powers is closing in on 1,000 for her career.

Sophomore guard Spencer Shiels was named to Division II second team. Shiels averaged 13.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.3 steals.

Shiels shot 73 percent from the free-throw line and was the leading 3-point shooter on the squad with 28. She has 70 for her career, which is eighth on the program's all-time list.

Senior guard Caitilin O'Leary received honorable mention D-II recognition. O'Leary averaged 7.1 points and made 20 3-pointers, which was second on the team.

Senior Shelby Bawden was an academic All-State selection. The honor is not only based on academic achievement but other criteria such as community service. A panel reviews each application.

Chariho finished 10-11, 10-7 Division II. The Chargers lost to Shea in the preliminary round of the D-II tournament.

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