LESTER PRAIRIE – It had been 11 days since the Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity girls basketball team had played a game. Despite not having any game action for more than a week, the Bulldogs came out swinging in a 68-30 blow out of West Lutheran at home Friday night for their third-straight win.
“We had nine days off,” LP/HT coach Mike Lee said. “I was a little bit worried, but I knew the team would be ready.”
There were no signs of rust for the Bulldogs in the early going, especially on the defensive side of the ball. The Bulldogs held the Warriors without a point for almost seven minutes to start the game. With the defense clicking, that led to offense for LP/HT. A bucket from Emily Rademacher gave the Bulldogs a 14-5 lead, and things were just getting started. Rademacher, a junior who’s developed into a bigger role this season, finished with 12 points to help lead the Bulldogs to another win. While Rademacher is becoming a go-to scorer for the Bulldogs, there’s still things Lee hopes she works on going forward.
“She’s had problem with fouls,” Lee said. “She’s too young of a player to player her in the first half with two fouls. I probably should early in the season, but we still want the wins. Everything is about getting the best seed, and these wins are important this time of year, too. She’ll develop. She just has to figure out that sometimes it’s OK to give up two points instead of getting a foul.”
With Rademacher on the bench with two fouls late in the first half, it was sophomore Marissa Radtke who helped the Bulldogs finish off the first half in style. Radtke, who finished with a game-high 21 points, helped the Bulldogs build a big lead as they finished the first half on a 15-1 run.
“She’s a real nice player,” Lee said. “She gets the game pretty well. Now, she’s attacking the hoop and knows when to kick it out. There’s a lot more leadership on her part. It’s nice to see.”
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