Wilson leads Independence to big win over Fuchs Mizrachi

Riley Wilson

Riley Wilson scored all of her game-high 18 points in the first quarter to lead Independence to an 80-18 nonconference win over visiting Fuchs Mizrachi on Wednesday.

Wilson was one of three Blue Devils to finish in double figures and 12 of the 15 players scored in the game.

“The girls did a good job of taking care of business and focusing on the basics defensively and ball and player movement offensively,” said Independence coach Mike Marcinko. “It was a good outing for us between the holidays.”

Wilson scored six times from the floor in the first eight minutes, including one 3-pointer and she converted on 3-of-4 free throw tries.

Hanah Walker also scored all six of her points in the first quarter as the Blue Devils jumped out to a 30-2 lead.

“We were all very confident coming out tonight because we’ve all been practicing hard. Coach keeps us focused and ready for every game,” Wilson said. “We were all able to get steals, run the floor, and kick the ball ahead. We were able to run our plays and get the shots that we wanted.”

Independence led 51-7 at halftime.

Madison Stepanik came off the bench to contribute 16 points to the win and Kaitlin Richards pitched in with 14 for the Blue Devils.

Hailey Wilmot pitched in with six, Erica Esper finished with five and Paige Westerberg and Riccela DiGeronimo both scored four points. Isabella Shumay, Reni Kaiser and Brooke Pillar all contributed with two points and Kelsey Wilmot finished with one.

The Blue Devils improved to 6-3 overall and have now won two straight to close out 2017.

“We all play well together as a team and have fun,” Wilson said. “We’re all confident in each other and ourselves with what we can do with the ball.”

Independence hosts Kirtland on Saturday, Jan. 6.

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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.