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    Independence uses 19-1 run in win over Kidron Central Christian

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    Independence used a 19-1 run to pull away from host Kidron Central Christian in 40-19 nonconference win on Tuesday.

    The Blue Devils, who improved to 3-5 overall, closed out the first half on an 8-1 run and opened the second on an 11-0 run.

    “We were sluggish having played a tough game (on Monday) and making a long trip to Kidron,” said Independence coach Hugh McMahon of the Blue Devils. “We picked up our intensity in the second quarter and played aggressive defense to start the third quarter led by Casey Adams. Makena Rini and Paige Priebe were aggressive in attacking the basket in the second half.”

    Independence scored the first basket of the game, but the Comets tied it moments later and it remained 2-2 for a stretch of time before the Blue Devils closed the quarter on a 7-0 run.

    The Comets pulled to within 11-9 but that’s as close as they’d get as the Blue Devils took control of the game midway through the second quarter.

    That’s when Paige Priebe imposed her will.

    Priebe, who returned to the lineup in Friday’s win over Beachwood after she missed several games with an injury, scored six of her game-high 13 in the second quarter and added five more in the third to help the Blue Devils put the game away.

    “It felt great to finally get back out there and contribute to the team,” Priebe said. “Being out for a few games was hard but finally being back and able to play with the team is amazing.”

    Rini contributed to the win with eight points, Emily Gibbons added seven, Adams and Anna Johnson both scored five, and Lucy Spencer finished with two points.

    “All our success is a team effort,” Priebe said. “We make sure we get open and pass to each other, cover each other and the other team, and it’s that teamwork that really makes the plays come together.”

    After beginning the season with a depleted lineup, the Blue Devils lost their first four games.

    With players returning to the lineup, the Blue Devils now have won three of their last four.

    “It’s great to have Paige back. She frees up the rest of the team to play their more natural positions,” McMahon said. “We’re hoping to have two more players back soon as well. It will be nice to see our development at full strength.”

    The Blue Devils travel to Mansfield Christian on Dec. 29.

     

     

    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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