The Rock Valley College women's basketball team is hitting its stride as the postseason approaches. A big reason for the team's success is former East standout Madi Hecox. She brought her work ethic with her to college. That's allowed her to play at a high level on game day.
"You work more than just the two hours in practice," Hecox said. "You kind of improve as a team and as individuals. You rely on your teammates to get you the ball and you perform at the level you're supposed to perform at."
Hecox also plans on playing softball for the Golden Eagles, but she'll have to wait a little while to join the team.
"Basketball-wise she's really stepping up and becoming a leader for us," head coach Misty Opat said. "She has a very bright future on the basketball court. I know she's a great softball player as well, but basketball may very well be her forte moving on."
The Golden Eagles have won nine of their past ten games since the calendar flipped to 2018, getting over the .500 mark after a slow start to the season.
"Every team struggles in the beginning," Hecox said. "I think we finally got our momentum after conference started. We continued forward and our chemistry has built together. I think we're headed in the right direction."
Hecox's former NIC-10 rival Jessie Schiro, a Boylan grad, sings the praises of her backcourt mate.
"She's awesome," Schiro said. "She's relentless. She's full of energy. I don't know how she does it. She's always running. She makes my job easier, assist after assist after assist because she's running the floor. She's doing the dirty work. She's doing the things a lot of players don't do."
She's doing exactly what she's always done - work hard and find a way to succeed.