RENSSELAER — Rensselaer Central girls’ basketball coach Wes Radtke had his team in position to win a sectional title this winter, but fell shy in its bid for its first championship since 2013.
The Lady Bombers finished 14-10 in 2017-18 and have a 30-19 record in Radtke’s two seasons at the helm. They are 3-2 in the post-season over the past two years, going 1-1 this winter.
They averaged 51 points per game while allowing 45 points. Two players graduate this spring, including guard Morgan Fleming and forward Brooklyn Radtke.
Coach Radtke returns three starters from this year’s team.
“We have the tools and players to drive up that offensive average,” Radtke said.
Last week, Radtke and his staff presented special awards to the Bombers’ JV and varsity squads.
JV award winners included Karly Kaufman, Best Mental Attitude; Alexis Oliver, Outstanding Defensive Player; and Brie Beier, Most Improved.
Earning varsity team awards were Lexi Healey, Most Improved, Most Steals (76) and Outstanding Defensive Player; Morgan Fleming, Best Mental Attitude and Coaches Award; Bianca Radtke, Best Field Goal Percentage (40%), Most Assists (72) and Best 3-Point Percentage (23%); Brooklyn Radtke, Best Free Throw Percentage (70%), Co-Most Rebounds (178) and Coaches Award; Kinzy Goodman, Sportsmanship Award; and Sydney Van Meter, Co-Most Rebounds (178).
Three players won the team’s NASTI (No Quit, All Out, Sacrifice, Tenacious, Intense) Award, including Brooklyn Radtke, Van Meter and Lauren Moore.
Van Meter and Bianca Radtke were named to the all-Hoosier Conference team, with Brooklyn Radtke earning an honorable mention nod. Van Meter also earned her letter jacket in her sophomore season, joining Hayley Manns, Hannah Redlin and Healey.
Coach Radtke said his Bombers will stay busy in the off-season. They will participate in a team camp at Findley, Ohio, where they will play at least 10 games as well as get a chance to play at the historic Hoosier Gym in Knightstown, which was the home gym for the Hickory Huskers in the movie “Hoosiers.”