WESTPORT—The Staples girls basketball team will have to spend the entire season without one of its top offensive threats.

That didn’t stop the Wreckers from prooducing more points than any game from a year ago.

A balanced attack led the Wreckers to an impressive opening-night win, a 67-61 triumph over Bethel in the season opener for both teams Monday night. Arianna Gerig, a second team All-FCIAC performer, tore her ACL in the offseason and will miss the campaign.

Elle Fair led Staples with 19 while Nicole Holmes and Marley Lopez-Paul each scored 13. Marisa Shorrock added 10 for Staples (1-0), which led 46-32 after three quarters. The Wreckers held on late as Bethel made a late charge.

Maranda Nyborg led all scorers with 24 for the Wildcats while Vicky Gracy and Brooke Lacey each had 11.

STAPLES 67, BETHEL 61

BETHEL 61

Mia Prazeres 0 0-2 0 Vicky Gracy 3 4-5 11 Brooke Lacey 5 0-0 11 Ruby Ackerman 2 1-1 5 Gabi Menconca 4 0-0 8 Maranda Nyborg 7 9-10 24. Totals: 21 14-18 61.

STAPLES 67

Nicole Holmes 6 1-1 13 Elle Fair 6 7-8 19 Alva Nordin 1 0-0 2 Lexi Moskovitz 0 1-2 1 Marisa Shorrock 4 0-2 10 Abby Carter 2 2-2 7 Marley Lopez-Paul 5 3-4 13. Totals: 24 14-19 67.

BETHEL9 11 12 29 - 61

STAPLES11 18 17 21 - 67

3-pointers: B—Redmond, Gracy, Nyborg; S—Shorrock 2, Carter.