BRADFORD – The Bradford varsity girls basketball team had a great post season run last year shocking Troy Christian to win a sectional title before bowing out to Legacy Christian in the District Finals. The Railroaders finished the year 20-6 and will return 3 seniors who played a big role on the team last year.
Returning is Austy Miller, Rylee Canan and Abby Fike along with a 4th senior Alexis Barhorst.
Austy Miller was an All-Southwest Ohio 1st team selection who averaged 18.5 points a game and surpassed 1,000 points in her career last season.
Rylee Canan is a 5’4” guard who can knock down the open triple, distribute the basketball and is an excellent defender.
Abby Fike is a 5’3” forward who just goes out and makes winning plays and is a very competitive player.
Brooklyn Crickmore is a 5’10” sophomore post player looking to give the Railroaders some size in the paint.
Also seeing lots of action will be Isabella Hamilton a 5’3” junior forward and Megan Wood a 5’9” freshman forward
“Our strength begins with our 3 seniors. They provide great leadership in the gym. Our level of success will depend on staying healthy first and foremost. We only have 9 player’s total. We will need to play solid defense and improve our rebounding also. Our main goal is to be competitive in every game and put ourselves in a position to win,” Bradford coach Chris Besecker said.
Chris Besecker was the DIV Southwest District coach of the year in 2020-21 and will be assisted by Jeff Wirrig.
Besecker believes that Tri-Village and Arcanum are two of the top teams and sees National Trail and Preble Shawnee being very competitive as well.
Although coach Besecker didn’t mention the Lady Railroaders they will be in the hunt for a title in the newly formed Western Ohio Athletic Conference.
Bradford opened the season last week and currently stands at 2-1 on the year beating Milton Union 58-31, Newton 38-23 and dropped a decision to Houston 47-42.
Austy Miller has scored 23 points a game in the first 3 contest with Rylee Canan adding 8 points and 4 steals per game.