Three more sign to play hoops for TC women

Trixsi J.K.H. Rodrigues of Larned, Erica Hemmert of Wakeeney, and Tiffany Howell, of Aurora, Colo., have signed letters of intent to play basketball at Tabor College.

Rodrigues was a point guard at Larned High School, where she won a number of awards for her basketball skills, including all-league first team. She also led her team to the league championship, the school’s first in five years.

“Trixsi is a tough competitor and very athletic,” said Rusty Allen, Tabor coach. “She will fit into our program very well.”

Hemmert was a shooting guard at Trego Community High School. Averaging 17.7 points per game, she was named Mid-Continent League First Team, Wichita Eagle 3A All-State Honorable Mention, and played in the Boothill and Northwest Kansas all-star games.

Hemmert excels in the classroom, earning a 4.0 grade-point average.

“Erica has so much to offer to Tabor College,” Allen said. “She is an exemplary player, student and person. She is an outstanding addition to our team.”

Howell attends Riverview Christian Academy, where she displayed leadership on and off the court. Captain of the squad during her junior and senior years, she was named all-state honorable mention both seasons.

Howell was named Gatorade Will-to-Win Athlete in 2002 and received the NCAA Women’s NBA Sportsmanship Award in 2000.

During Howell’s senior year, she led the team to an undefeated league record, ending her high-school career with a record 313 points. She also set three other school records, including number of points scored in a game with 37.

Howell showed leadership off the court, too, as student-body president.

“Howell is a great person who will be a fine addition to Tabor in every way,” Allen said. “It is very exciting to have her sign.”

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