WOOD RIVER JCT. — A young Chariho High girls basketball team couldn't overcome a scoreless first quarter and fell to Cranston West, 46-29, in its season opener Monday night.

Chariho trailed 13-0 after the first period and 21-7 at intermission before settling into the nonleague game.

"The first quarter was a bit challenging," Chargers coach Chris Piasczyk said, noting six of his 12 varsity players are freshmen. "We started to understand the speed of the game and played with greater intensity in the second half and essentially lost the second half by three points."

Cranston West (2-0) outscored Chariho, 25-22, over the third and fourth quarters.

Spencer Shiels finished with 15 points and four rebounds for the Chargers. Jules White added two points and six rebounds, and Tori Babineau had two points and four steals.

"We kind of figured it out in the second half and got the nerves out," Piasczyk said. "As the game went on, we made the adjustments to play competitively, which was nice to see."

Chariho next hosts Middletown on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Cranston West 46, Chariho 29

Chariho (29)

Spencer Shiels 5 3-3 15, Keira Frias 0 0-0 0, Jules White 0 2-2 2, Tori Babineau 1 0-1 2, Hanna Dias 0 0-0 0, Megan Ballard 0 0-0 0, Emily Norberg 0 0-0 0, Lexi Cole 0 1-2 1, McKenzie Allen 1 0-0 2, Emily Ballard 1 0-0 2, Elaina Ricci 1 0-0 2, Shelby Roode 1 0-0 3.

Totals: 10 6-8 29.

Cranston West (46)

Isabella D’Arezzo 0 1-2 1, Amanda Degnan 3 0-0 8, Amelia Polichetti 0 0-0 0, Aydan Gulliver 4 0-0 9, Julia Robbins 2 0-0 4, Rachael Zarrella 2 0-0 4, Kiley Abendroth 1 0-0 3, Catherine Loaiza 5 2-3 12, Delanie Short 0 0-0 0, Maia Riccio 2 1-1 5.

Totals: 19 4-6 46

Cran. West 13 8 15 10 — 29

Westerly 0 7 14 8 — 46

3-point field goals: Chariho (2) — Shiels 2, Roode. Cranston West (4) — Degnan 2, Gulliver, Abendroth.

Rebounds: Chariho (23) —White 6, Shiels 4, Dias 3, Roode 3, M. Ballard 3, E. Ballard 2, Babineau, Allen, Ricci.

— Ken Sorensen

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