Lady Celts eye league title

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary’s girls basketball team won a school record 23 games and finished fourth in the state last year but it was what they didn’t do that was on the minds of the Lady Celts two returning starters as practice began for the upcoming season. “Our goal this year is to finally win league,” senior Sydney Hunter said. “I think that’s our No. 1 goal.” In order to do that, McNary will have to dethrone two-time state champion South Salem, led by one of the best players in the country, Evina Westbrook, who has signed with the University of Tennessee. McNary junior Kailey Doutt, who was voted defensive player of the year by the Greater Valley Conference coaches last season, looks forward to seeing the Lady Saxons on the court. “I’m really excited for that game,” Doutt said. “I love guarding her (Westbrook). It’s a challenge. She’s the No. 1 player in the nation. It always makes me better.” The Lady Celts graduated three of its top four scorers from a year ago, including leading scorer and captain Madi Hingston. But head coach Derick Handley believes McNary has the pieces to make up for those losses. “We had a lot of girls who can score but it wasn’t their role last year,” Handley said. “It is going to be a little bit of an...

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