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High School Girls: Litchfield Dragons have a leader

Sydney McCann is one of four starters back and one of the top passers in school history

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Litchfield's Sydney McCann goes up for a layup in a clogged lane during a Wright County Conference game against Annandale on Jan. 10, 2020 at Litchfield High School. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

LITCHFIELD — The Litchfield Dragons return four starters, including one of the better players in school history: Sydney McCann.

The 5-foot-8 senior guard is on pace to score 1,000 career points. But more importantly to her game and the Dragons’ chances in 2021, she is four assists away from the school record.

“And a handful of other stat milestones due to her skill and longevity,” head coach Ian Anderson said.

McCann was unanimous All-Wright County selection last season, when the Dragons went 5-9 in conference play and 11-16 overall.

Also back from last season’s team are: Lily Osterberg (5-7, sr., G), Janessa Olson (5-7, sr., W) and Kamri Driver (5-8, sr., G).

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They’ll have to compensate for the loss of three 2020 graduates: Katelynn Cruze (6-1, P), Neriah Lara (5-8, G) and Morgan Kaping (5-7, G).

Anderson, in his second season as head coach, is hopeful. He’ll be assisted by Eric Hulterstrum and Zack Piepenburg.

“We have a strong sophomore group that will need to make big jumps this year to help us win,” Anderson said.

One of them was listed by the coach as a player to watch: Greta Hansen (5-11, so., G/F).

The Dragons, who averaged 52.8 points per game and allowed 55 in ‘19-20, will get a stern test right off the bat. They are scheduled to open the season at 7:15 p.m. Jan. 22 at Eden Valley-Watkins. The Eagles are a perennial state power.

Then, Litchfield gets a pair of Wright County Conference West Division games, playing host to Dassel-Cokato on Jan. 26 and traveling Jan. 28 to Glencoe-Silver Lake.

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Litchfield's Janessa Olson (right) and Annandale's Alicia Henson run after a loose ball during a Wright County Conference game Jan. 10, 2020 at Litchfield High School. Joe Brown / West Central Tribune

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