West girls trump Greenfield, 58-28


Alexis Zuel

Sophomore Claire Radtke shoots a free throw. She went 2-2 on free throws, with a total of 2 points during the game.

On Friday night, Lady Viking’s basketball team defeated the Greenfield Hustlin’ Hawks at home by a score of 58-28. This win gives the Varsity girls a 3-0 record.

The Vikings took the lead early and never looked back. Ali Boldt made a sideline, half court shoot at the buzzer to end the first quarter 13-4 that got the crowd up on their feet.

Sarah Meleski scored nine points in the first half to give West a lead 25-10 at halftime.

At half, the youth girl basketball players were recognized.

Meleski was one of the many contributors who scored. All 15 girls played in the game had playtime on the court and every player on the team, except Anne Radtke, scored in the game. Sophomore Liz Liska led the team with ten points.

In the second half, Vikings had ten of their girls score and with Liska scoring 10 points.

The Hawks never gave up though. In the second half they scored eighteen points, but fell short by 30 points. The Vikings ended the game with nine fouls compared to Greenfield’s four.

Liska finished with ten points and Meleski finished with nine points.

Coach Jeff Radtke had expectations for the team this year that they seem to be exceeding.

“My expectations are that the team is competitive and play the best basketball they can. Not everyone is going to be happy or get the playing time they want. They need to know it’s the right thing and that they understand.”

When asked about the team’s chemistry he explained the team as “good teenage girls” who seem to work well together.

Junior, Alex Weis added to that statement.

“We all work well together and are a very diverse group. We all mesh well together.”

There are only three seniors on the team, followed by nine juniors, and three sophomores with no freshman. Radtke described his team of girls as “good players” that will all have to step up and earn the playing time.

“I want these girls to have fun and appreciate everything that I am teaching them.” said Coach Radtke.