Women's College Basketball

Trail Blazers land three on All-MWAC teams

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Mar. 8, 2018 12:01 am

QUINCY -- Had the John Wood Community College women's basketball players not had faith, none of the Trail Blazers' MidWest Athletic Conference success would have been possible.

Norm Rodriguez won't let them forget it.

"They could have packed it in when we lost 10 in a row," said Rodriguez, now in his 19th season coaching JWCC. "They kept their belief in the process and it paid off."

Wednesday, it paid off in a major way. The Trail Blazers had three players earn All-MWAC honors and Rodriguez was named the MWAC Co-Coach of the Year.

Sophomore forward Autumn Voigt was a first-team selection, while sophomore guard Madelyn Hyer and freshman forward Ashtyn Lagemann were honorable mention selections.

"If you don't have players who work hard, if you don't have a supportive coaching staff, if you don't have a strong school community back you, none of this is possible," said Rodriguez, whose team finished second in the MWAC with a 7-3 record. "We are lucky to have all of those things with our program."

Voigt, a 5-foot-11 forward from Clintonville, Wis., was fifth in the MWAC in scoring at 16.2 points per game and third in rebounding at 8.2 boards per game. Overall, she averaged 12.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.

"Her ability to buy-in, make adjustments and be willing to change certain parts of her game were critical," Rodriguez said. "She worked on post moves and developing a left hand. Little things made a big difference in her game."

Hyer, a Liberty, Ill., product, averaged 8.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists during the regular season.

"Day in and day out, she was one of our hardest workers," Rodriguez said. "She made up her mind she was going to go out strong. Once she made up her mind, the rest of the team followed."

Lagemann, a Clopton, Mo., graduate, averaged 8.7 points and 6.1 rebounds and began to show more versatility to her game by adding the ability to step to the 3-point stripe and connect. She was 10 of 39 overall from 3-point range.

"There were a lot of things she had to work on," Rodriguez said. "She worked hard at it. She's learned to hit a three now and then. That's only going to grow her game by being able to play on the perimeter."

The Trail Blazers (15-15) are the second seed in the Region 24 Tournament and will face No. 7 Lincoln Land at 4 p.m. Friday in the quarterfinals at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Ill.