Wednesday, August 10

    Independence pulls away from Trinity

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    In a game of runs, Independence pulled away from host Trinity in a 67-57 Chagrin Valley Conference Metro Division win on Tuesday.

    The Blue Devils held a double-digit lead and then was forced to come from behind after the Trojans rallied to take a one-point lead in the second half.

    “I think we’ve played pretty well the past two games on the defensive end but we have to keep preaching to guard people when the shots aren’t falling,” said Independence coach Kyle Johnson. “We’ve got to a much better job of that.”

    Trinity led after the first quarter, 16-14, but the Blue Devils outscored the Trojans in the second, 19-10, to take a 33-26 lead into halftime.

    Kyle Zygmunt scored seven of his game-high 24 in the period and Casey McGhee and Aidan Coljohn both hit 3-pointers to spark the Independence run.

    Trinity’s JayQuan Stubbs found his stroke in the third quarter when he scored 14 of his 21 points. That helped the Trojans erase a double-digit lead to take a one-point lead late in the period.

    Independence weathered that storm and led, 46-43, heading into the final eight minutes.

    “We got it up to 11 in the third quarter and then they actually went up one on us,” Johnson said. “We were able to string together a nice run and we sustained that for the rest of the game. I was proud of how the guys finished.”

    Zygmunt added 9 points in the third, Coljohn pitched in with six more, and McGhee drained a 3-pointer down the stretch.

    “We did a much better job and we had four straight shutdown possessions,” Johnson said in response to Trinity’s run. “That was huge for us to get four stops in a row and then be able to convert those into points.”

    Landon Jatsek scored a career-high 12 points in the win. He scored 10 of those points in the first half.

    “He came out in the first quarter and had to big 3s to kind of get us going,” Johnson said. “He knocked down a few shots and Kyle has been productive and he really turned up the intensity.”

    Coljohn finished with 16 points, McGhee and Braden Flynn added six and Jack Taliaferro finished with two points.

    Trinity’s Isaiah King also scored in double figures with 17 points.

    Independence hosts Crestwood on Friday.

    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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