McGreal paces Blue Devils to win over Cuyahoga Heights

Morgan Pascarella

Emma McGreal shot a 42 to lead Independence to a 193-271 win over rival Cuyahoga Heights on Tuesday.

Allie Ksiazka shot a 49, Morgan Pascarella carded a 50 and Hannah Botzman closed out the Independence scoring with a 52.

“We’ve been pretty consistent all year,” said Independence coach Karl Schuld. “This is first time where I thought we had a good cluster of scores from our four scoring members. I think we can get everyone down into the low 40s and that’s when we’re really going to make some progress.”

McGreal has kept her scores in the low 40s and Schuld believe she’s on her way to even lower scores.

“She has won almost all her matches this year and has consistently shot in the mid to low 40s,” Schuld said. “I think she’s ready to take next step. She’s such a hard worker.”

Ksiazka and Pascarella have struggled off the tee but their chipping and putting has kept them in play.

“Morgan hit a tough spot but her chipping and putting saved her. Once we get her back to hitting the ball well, she’ll be really good,” Schuld said. “Allie’s putting and chipping is way ahead of most girls with her experience but we have to get her hitting more greens. I’m really happy with her progress.”

Botzman recorded the first birdie of her career in the win.

“I was really excited for her,” Schuld said. “She had a par and a birdie on both par 3s. She was very excited about that. She’s worked so hard and has continued to improve. She knocked off a few strokes here and there and hopefully, she can knock off a couple more before the end of the season.”

Independence improved to 7-2 overall and 7-1 in the Chagrin Valley Conference. The Blue Devils travel to Barrington Country Club on Wednesday to play Aurora and St. Vincent-St. Mary.

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