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    Blue Devils avoid trap game in win over Trinity


    With a rivalry game at Cuyahoga Heights on Wednesday and following Saturday’s big win at Kirtland, it would have been easy for Independence to overlook visiting Trinity on Monday.

    Instead, the Blue Devils dominated the Trojans from start to finish in a 50-22 victory.

    “We had a pretty solid practice the day before and coach did a great job of getting us prepared offensively and especially defensively overall,” said Madison Stepanik, who was one of three Blue Devils to score in double figures. “He’s been telling us that although these few days are going to be tough that we need to play ‘our game’ and get the job done.”

    Haylee Dmitruk, who finished with 10 points, drained a pair of 3-pointers and Independence’s defense held Trinity scoreless in the first quarter.

    The Blue Devils outscored the Trojans in the second quarter, 20-10, to take a 28-10 lead into the break.

    Trinity managed just five points in the third quarter and seven in the fourth.

    “Communication on defense was key tonight,” Stepanik said. “I think a lot of our stops had to do with that along with knowing our personnel. Locking down on defense was crucial because of their size advantage over some of us.”

    Riley Wilson led all scorers with 16 points and Dmitruk and Stepanik both finished with 10. Riccela DiGeronimo added seven, Anna Weber contributed with five and Reni Kaiser scored two.

    “It was a team effort in creating opportunities with the right people at the right time,” Stepanik said. “That was our way of spreading it around.”

    Independence extended its winning streak to 15 games and is now 15-0 overall and 11-0 in Chagrin Valley Conference play.

    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. 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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