Women's College Basketball

Teams of the decade: Trail Blazers create right mix for success

Pittsfield native Shea O’Brien became the John Wood Community College women’s basketball program’s top scorer in the last decade and ranks among the best scorers and playmakers ever. | H-W File Photo
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jul. 7, 2020 12:01 am

As much as John Wood Community College women's basketball coach Norm Rodriguez relishes keeping the area's best talent close to home, he knows the Trail Blazers need the right mix of local players and those looking to get away.

The Trail Blazers' all-decade shows how well that mix works.

Players from Pittsfield, Illini West and Scotland County bonded with those from Indiana, Louisiana and Washington, D.C., to help JWCC stay competitive in the Mid-West Athletic Conference and the region.

Here's the JWCC women's basketball program's all-decade team for 2010-19, as selected by Senior Sports Writer Matt Schuckman:

 

Lindsey Buckert, Guard, Class of 2011

A West Hancock product who played on a state championship team in high school, Buckert cracked the Trail Blazers' sophomore-dominated lineup as a freshman and became JWCC's most consistent player during her two-year career. She was a first-team All-Mid-West Athletic Conference selection and an All-Region 24 pick as a sophomore when she averaged a team-leading 10.1 points and 3.6 assists.

 

Lexus Fox, Forward, Class of 2017

A first-team All-Region 24 selection as a sophomore and a second-team All-Mid-West Athletic Conference pick, Fox finished her career ranked in the top 10 in JWCC history in career rebounds with 314, career field goals made with 255 and career steals with 138. As a sophomore, she averaged 12.5 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting 52.6 percent from the field.

 

Michaela Gronewold, Guard, Class of 2017

Before going on to play point guard at Quincy University, the Illini West product was a quality facilitator for the Trail Blazers. As a sophomore, she averaged 10.2 points, 3.7 assists and 3.5 rebounds while earning second-team All-Mid-West Athletic Conference honors and All-Region 24 honorable mention. She ranks sixth in program history with 188 career assists and 10th with 54 career 3-pointers.

 

Cheyenne Hedrington, Forward, Class of 2013

Named the Mid-West Athletic Conference Co-Freshman of the Year and a first-team all-conference selection, Hedrington emerged as an interior force during conference play, averaging 13.6 points and 6.4 rebounds. She averaged 8.0 points and 5.4 rebounds overall before transferring. She ended up starting at NCAA Division I Grand Canyon University as senior and ranking fifth in the Western Athletic Conference in rebounding.

 

Shea O'Brien, Guard, Class of 2015

The Pittsfield product helped raise the standard for success. O'Brien was a first-team All-Mid-West Athletic Conference and All-Region 24 selection after leading the Trail Blazers to a 22-9 record and a national ranking for the first time since the 2002-03 season. She averaged 14.8 points and led the MWAC in 3-point shooting, hitting 41.8 percent. She is the third leading scorer in program history with 860 points and fourth in 3-pointers made with 88. She went on to play at NCAA Division II Missouri-St. Louis.

 

Audrey Rankin, Guard, Class of 2016

A sophomore guard from Washington, D.C., Rankin earned first-team All-Mid-West Athletic Conference and All-Region 24 honors, averaging 9.6 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting 49 percent from 3-point range. She averaged 12.6 points and 6.2 rebounds while shooting 57 percent from 3-point range in conference play.

 

Amanda Scott, Forward, Class of 2015

The perfect complement to Shea O'Brien, Scott provided the Trail Blazers with a post presence as she averaged 11.9 points and 5.3 rebounds as a sophomore, while shooting 53.9 percent from the field and earning first-team All-Region 24 honors. She finished her career with 656 points and 334 rebounds -- both rank in the top 15 in program history -- and went on to play at Missouri Baptist University.

 

Autumn Voigt, Forward, Class of 2018

Among the best scorers in the Mid-West Athletic Conference her sophomore season, the first-team all-league selection was fifth in the MWAC in scoring at 16.2 points and third in rebounding at 8.2 boards. Overall, she averaged 12.8 points and 6.6 rebounds. Before going on to play at William Penn University, Voigt finished her career with 688 points and 408 rebounds, which are in the top 10 in program history.

 

Chelsea Wood, Forward, Class of 2019

The Scotland County standout became a coveted prospect because of her footwork, ability to work in the post and endless grit. As a sophomore, Wood averaged 10.2 points and 6.3 rebounds, while shooting 55.3 percent from the field and earning All-Region 24 honors. She finished her career with 379 rebounds, which is sixth in program history, before signing with NCAA Division II Henderson State.

 

Brittany Yost, Forward, Class of 2012

The South Shelby product transferred to Columbia College after her freshman year, but what a year she ended up having. Yost led the Trail Blazers in scoring at 13.4 points and rebounding at 7.3 boards. She was a first-team All-Mid-West Athletic Conference selection and a first-team All-Region 24 pick.