Chariho knew it'd be facing a ton of pressure from the North Kingstown girls basketball team's defense Friday night.
It didn't matter what the Chargers knew - because the Skippers executed their game plan perfectly.
Switching from a zone press to man-to-man after the Chargers were breaking their press, the Skippers forced turnover after turnover - 29 in all - in a 58-40 win over Chariho Friday night.
The game was tied at four when the Skippers made the switch, and once they did they held Chariho without a field goal for the next six minutes, 44 seconds, taking a 19-8 lead in the process.
Up 27-13 at halftime, North Kingstown never let the game get closer than 12 points.
NK's Julia Smiley had an excellent game, leading the team with 15 points and 12 rebounds. She added seven assists and three steals.
Teammate Kelsey Desanctis also reached double figures, scoring 12 points and Jaclyn DeCristoforo scored 10. Soyria Giraud finished with nine points, nine rebounds and five steals.
Krista Trenholm led Chariho with 20 points and she pulled down 17 rebounds to go along with five blocks. Kelsea Loffredo scored six points and Megan Collins and Sue Beil had five apiece. Beil added four steals, two assists and two blocks in the game.
North Kingstown (4-1 Division I-South) returns to action Tuesday when it plays at Coventry at 7 p.m.; Chariho (1-4 DI-South) hosts Pilgrim Tuesday at 7 p.m.
For a full story on Chariho's loss, please pick up the Jan. 13 edition of The Chariho Times; for a full story on the Skippers' game Tuesday night against Coventry, pick up the Jan. 13 edition of The Standard-Times.View more articles in: