Stifling defense paved the way for the Litchfield girls basketball team’s sixth win in eight games.

The Dragons started the game on a 12-0 run and didn’t slow down much the entire game as they posted a 69-26 win over Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Friday at the LHS gym.

In allowing the fewest points in a game all season, Litchfield improved to 8-5 overall. It was the fourth consecutive win for the Dragons, who started the season 2-3.

Included in their recent run are a pair of wins at the Crusader Basketball Classic at St. Cloud Cathedral during the holiday break. The Dragons beat Cathedral (62-48) and Melrose (46-34) to claim the tournament championship.

Defense has played a big part in Litchfield’s success, with the Dragons holding the opposition to fewer than 40 points in four of their eight wins.

Junior guard/forward Greta Hansen led Litchfield against HLWW, scoring a game-high 19 points. Izzy Pennertz had 13, and Kylie Michels added 12 for the Dragons.

Litchfield, tied atop the Wright County Conference West standings with a 2-0 record, was scheduled to meet Annandale (1-1 WCC, 5-7 overall) Tuesday at home, and then travel to Dassel-Cokato (0-2 WCC, 3-7 overall) Friday.