PAINESVILLE, OHIO – One of Lake Erie College women's basketball coach Bob Booher's major concerns last season was the absence of consistent point-guard play. Booher and staff hope to have rectified that problem with the addition of two point guards during the regular spring singing period.
High-school standouts Brianna Shagovac (Lorain, Ohio/Amherst Steele) and Daija Jones (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Joseph Academy) bring the total signees to the 2013 Storm recruiting class to six.
"Everyone we played at (point guard) last season had more of a shooting guard mentality, so it became a critical recruiting need," Booher said. "Both Brianna and Daija are pure point guards whose main strength is running the offense and creating open looks for their teammates."
Shagovac was a for-year letter-winner in both basketball and soccer at Amherst Steele High School, averaging 6.5 assists, 2.1 steals and 9.6 points per game as a senior for coach John Rositano's Comets. She served as a team captain for two years and was also a first-team all-county and second-team All-Southwestern Conference selection.
"Briana has great intangibles and is an unbelievable competitor," commented Rositano. "She's fueled by an unquenchable will to win. She's a really good person and is a joy to coach."
Booher has seen those characteristics during the recruiting process. "Brianna is a hard-nosed competitor who loves to run the floor and lead the fast break," he noted. "She's fearless going to the basket and can pull up for the jump. But, she's always looking to find the open shooter. She loves to lead and hates to lose."
Jones averaged 9.4 points, 3.2 assists and 3.0 steals per game as a senior at St. Joseph Academy, bouncing back from an injury her junior year to earn special mention Division I all-district. She helped lead coach Maggie Ferrando's Jaguars to the best season in school history and a spot in the district semifinals.
"It's been a privilege to coach such a polite, respectful, unselfish and humble individual," Ferrando said. "I expect her to accomplish great things both on the court and in the classroom at Lake Erie. Coach Booher and everyone at LEC is fortunately to have her as part of their college family."
Booher added, "Daija excels at feeding the post as a passer and rewarding teammates who move without the ball. She understands how to lead an offense and as a defender, she is in-your-face with active hands in the passing lanes. Her defense will lead to offensive scoring opportunities."
Shagovac and Jones join Lake Erie's four early signees – forwards Mariah Evans (Imlay City, Mich./Imlay) and Kennedy Walker (Parkersburg, W. Va. /Parkersburg), guard Alyssa Brumbaugh (Eaton Rapids, Mich./Charlotte) and wing Kallie Allen (Fowlerville, Mich./Fowlerville) – as the six current members of the Storm's recruiting class that will suit up for the 2013-14 season.