Lady Celts have sights on title

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Derick Handley is ready for the Keizer community to get excited about Lady Celt varsity basketball. “If we perform to the level we’re capable of, and take care of the things we need to take care of, we could have two league champion teams at this school. That doesn’t happen too often. Our girls are working hard and they deserve the support,” said Handley, the second-year head coach of the team. The McNary girls return to the hardwood with a home game vs. Sheldon High School Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 6:45 p.m. Leading the team this season are a trio of seniors, Kaelie Flores, Madi Hingston and Reina Strand. Flores and Hingston have already signed letters of intent to play for Central Washington University and Seattle Pacific University, respectively. Strand, who sat out her junior year due to injury, expects to find a home by next spring. Returning junior Sydney Hunter said the seniors are a big part of the team’s overall look this season. “This year is a big one for us and I feel like we’re going to play for them,” said Hunter. Last year, the Lady Celts finished third in the Greater Valley Conference and lost to Clackamas High School in the first round of the playoffs. This time around, Handley said the team stacks up well against last...

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