Monday, September 26, 2022

Independence doubles up Berkshire

Erica Esper scored a game-high 14 points to lead Independence to a 56-28 win over visiting Berkshire on Wednesday.

With the win, the Blue Devils improved to 9-2 overall and 5-0 in the Chagrin Valley Conference Valley Division.

“Berkshire really came out with some good energy,” Independence coach Mike Marcinko said. “I think we kind of slept walk through the first part of the game but we got it together. We talked about not looking ahead or looking behind and I don’t know if we did or didn’t but we definitely weren’t quite ourselves. We did enough to take care of business and that’s all you can do.”

Esper drained a pair of 3-pointers and finished 2-for-2 from the free throw line.

Haylee Dmitruk and Madison Stepanik both contributed to the win with eight points and Kaitlin Richards and Riccela DiGeronimo both added seven. Riley Wilson and Anna Weber both finished with five points and Amy Ksiazka scored two.

“We spread it out quite a bit and played a lot of people,” Marcinko said. “They played in short bursts. They weren’t on the floor for extended minutes. We kept shuffling people in and out. We played a hard fought game on the weekend and we have another one coming up so we tried to balance out the minutes and their legs.”

Courtney Czekaj led Berkshire with nine points and Lydia Kastor pitched in with five.

Independence travels to Cuyahoga Heights on Saturday while Berkshire travels to Kinsman Badger on Monday.

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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