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    Independence dominant in win over Beachwood

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    INDEPENDENCE—Defense dominated the night as Independence cruised past visiting Beachwood on Friday, 48-11.

    The Blue Devils allowed just seven first-half points, shut out the Bison in the third quarter, and allowed just four points in the fourth in collecting their second straight win after starting the season 0-4.

    Independence got off to a slow start in the first quarter as Casey Adams drained a 3-pointer, Lucy Spencer added a pair of free throws, and Makenna Rini hit a free throw.

    Fortunately for the Blue Devils, their defense settled in from the opening whistle and limited the Bison to just two first-quarter points.

    Independence’s offense found its groove in the second quarter as Emily Gibbons and Macey McGhee both hit a pair of 3-pointers and Paige Priebe scored five points on one 3-pointer and a pair of free throws as the Blue Devils took a 25-7 lead into the break.

    Priebe added eight of her game-high 13 points in the third quarter to lead Independence on a 16-0 run in the frame.

    Independence outscored Beachwood in the fourth, 7-0.

    Gibbons contributed to the win with 10 points, McGhee finished with eight, Adams scored seven, Alexa Johnson and Kylie Hanobik each added three points, and Spencer and Rini both finished with two points.

    Lexi Jaffe led Beachwood with six points, Veronica Schwartz scored three, and Marley Readance finished with two.

    Independence hosts Rootstown on Monday while Beachwood looks to bounce back on Friday at Ravenna.

     

    Steve Hare
    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, 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 IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com 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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