Celt Madi Hingston gets a clear look at the hoop from three-point range in the Lady Celts’ game with West Salem High School Tuesday, Feb. 10. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Celt Madi Hingston gets a clear look at the hoop from three-point range in the Lady Celts’ game with West Salem High School Tuesday, Feb. 10. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

McNary High School junior Madi Hingston accounted for almost half the Lady Celts’ points in a 70-46 loss to South Salem High School in varsity basketball Tuesday, Feb. 3.

“As a group it wasn’t a very pretty game, but Madi showed the most offensive aggression we’ve seen from her (against South) and was really a standout player for us,” said Derick Handley, McNary head coach.

Handley said the team had a one-point lead in the sixth minute of the game, but the Saxons ended the frame with a run and the Celts could never quite catch up after that.

“We had several key players in foul trouble early, including Kaelie Flores, who didn’t spend a lot of time on the floor for us,” Handley said. “They were able to challenge our shots which limited our ability to get any consistency going on offense.”

Flores has been an increasingly important part of the roster on both offense and defense for McNary this season.

After Hingston, Flores was the top scorer for McNary with 13 points; Emma Jones had eight; Sydney Hunter had six; and Jasmine Ernest had four.

Hingston followed up her big night against South by scoring more than half the Celtic points in a 61-54 loss to West Albany High School Friday, Feb. 6. She poured in 23 points, including 5 of 8 from the three-point range.

“We were hoping to pressure their ball handlers a little more with our press and half court defense, but the lack of ball pressure allowed them to limit turnovers. We played pretty sound defense, but with their shooters you can’t give them an inch,” Handley said. “We had a few turnovers early in the third quarter and they were able to build up a 13-point lead.”

The team made it a goal to cut the lead to single digits by the end of the frame. They got