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Booher and Wagers earn top honors
With the release of the 2008 women’s basketball Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) honors, Lake Erie College earned two of the top three honors, including coach of the year and newcomer of the year.
Third-year head coach Bob Booher was voted AMCC Co-Coach of the Year along with Pitt-Greensburg head coach Carol Gelet. The Storm tied for second place with Greensburg in the AMCC with a record of 14-4, with Lake Erie winning the tiebreaker by beating the Panthers twice during the season. It was Greensburg that defeated the Storm in the semifinals of the AMCC Tournament. The honor is the second of its kind for Booher, who earned the award outright last season.
This year under Booher’s direction, Lake Erie recorded the most successful season in the program’s 28 years of existence. The team not only posted the most wins in program history after going 16-10 at the conclusion of the AMCC Tournament, but it was also the first time the team posted an overall record above .500. The Storm earned its highest conference finish in AMCC history and produced more AMCC victories than ever before. Additionally, the team set six records, including longest winning streak with eight wins, single game records for assists (25), steals (25), 3-pointers made (14) and points scored (101). The team became the first to ever reach 100 points in a game and is the first team in the program to ever earn a bid to the East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament in which the Storm plays at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Gwynedd-Mercy College.
On the individual level, Wagers took home AMCC Honorable Mention honors in addition to AMCC Newcomer of the Year. Prior to a season-ending ACL injury, Wagers was the only player in the conference averaging a double double on the season with 11.4 points and 11.3 rebounds per game. In 18 games, she recorded a Storm season record-tying eight double doubles.
Freshman guard Renese Ames (Bedford, Ohio/Bedford) earned AMCC Second-Team honors after averaging 13.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.8 steals. As the team leader in both total points and steals, she ranked eighth and fifth, respectively in the AMCC categories.