Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Blue Devils pound Spartans

Independence opened its Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division schedule with a dominating 61-14 win over defending league champion Richmond Heights on Wednesday.

Megan Kuczmarski led the Blue Devils with 14 points on 7 of 10 shooting in just one half of action.

“We let (the starters) play most of the second quarter then started subbing in the back half of the second quarter with our second group,” said Independence coach Mike Marcinko. “We worked on execution and staying focused.”

With Kuczmarski having success early, the Blue Devils built a 25-2 lead after the first quarter and held the Spartans scoreless in the second to take a 41-2 lead into the locker room.

“You couldn't ask for anything better in the first quarter,” Marcinko said. “We didn't have any information because we were their first game. We had to be prepared for anything. We went into the pregame and were totally just worried about ourselves and what we wanted to do offensively and defensively.”

The Blue Devils, who snapped a two-game skid to improve to 2-2 overall, got off to a fast start and never looked back.

“The girls did a good job once we got on the floor and got up and down a couple times,” Marcinko said. “They got a feel for what we could do and couldn't do. We turned them over several times and got some easy buckets and the flood gates just opened up after that.”

Sophomore Kaitlin Richards pitched in with 13 points and freshman Haylee Dmitruk added six for the Blue Devils.

Independence travels to CVC rival Cardinal on Saturday.


Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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