Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Blue Devils win at Berkshire

Independence took one step closer to clinching the Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division title with a 52-28 win at Berkshire on Wednesday.

The Blue Devils now need just one more win or a Kirtland loss to win the division.

“(Take care of business), that was the discussion in prep for the game,” Independence coach Mike Marcinko said. “Do what we work on, play solid, make correct plays and reads and defend. The rest will take care of itself.”

Riley Wilson provided the Blue Devils with an early boost as she scored 11 of her game-high 20 points in the first quarter.

She drained two early 3-pointers, which then opened the driving lanes.

“Riley was the difference in the first half,” Marcinko said. “She took what they gave her and didn’t force a thing. It was an all-around effort. She scored, defended and rebounded.

Anna Weber added 10 points for the Blue Devils, Haylee Dmitruk contributed with seven and Riccela DiGeronimo finished with five. Eight different Blue Devils scored in the game.

“Riccela played great defense with five steals and Haylee Dmitruk had four assists in the first quarter,” Marcinko said. “Anna Weber played well off the bench at both ends. She can score and was showing that ability today.”

Lydia Kastor led the Badgers with 13 points and Madison Chapman scored five.

“Solid effort by all on defense,” Marcinko said. “We kept changing things and personnel. The energy and urgency were good for a road game.”

Independence hosts Cuyahoga Heights on Saturday while Berkshire will entertain rival Cardinal.

Steve Harehttp://www.ohiovarsity.com
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes OhioVarsity.com, 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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