Tiffany Padgett, the 6-foot-1 senior forward for Pallotti Prep, has given her oral commitment to accept a women's basketball scholarship at Loyola University in Baltimore.
Padgett also had offers from Hartford University; Long Island University; the University of New Hampshire; the New Jersey Institute of Technology; and, locally, Mount St. Mary's University and Morgan State University. Padgett cited a desire to play locally, along with Loyola's strong academics and a comfortable relationship with the team and coaching staff, in choosing Loyola.
Padgett averaged just under 10 points per game and almost 8.5 blocks per game last season. She was also named to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference All-Conference team as a sophomore in the 2009-10 season.
Although Padgett gave an oral commitment, her agreement will not become binding until she signs a National Letter of Intent. According to the NCAA, the earliest she can sign a NLI will be Nov. 9, when the NCAA's early signing period opens.
The Spartans put on an offensive clinic while dominating Oxon Hill defensively on their way to a convincing 41-14 win to pick up their second win of the year.
After edging out Oxon Hill in the first quarter 7-6, Laurel scored 21 unanswered points in the second and third quarters to stake a 28-6 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Oxon Hill answered with 8 points in the fourth quarter, but Laurel continued with two more touchdowns.
Quarterback Jarvis McClam put on an impressive performance, completing half of his 28 passes for 274 yards and three touchdowns through the air, while adding 115 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
Five other rushers added 53 yards on 16 carries, including a 1-yard touchdown by Tyler Harmon. Joel Roberson led all receivers with five receptions for 147 yards and three touchdowns.
The Spartans picked up 13 first downs in the game, but were equally impressive defensively with six sacks as they held Oxon Hill to 60 yards total offensive.
Laurel will host rival Eleanor Roosevelt Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. at Kirby Field.
The Panthers squandered an early 14-0 lead as they fell to Archbishop Curley, 27-20, for their third loss of the season and first conference loss.
Playing on a short week after the previous game was moved to Monday because of rain, Pallotti Prep jumped out to a 14-0 first-half lead, led by quarterback Rafi Correa and wide receiver Allen Bright with two touchdown passes.
But in the second half, Curley responded with two touchdowns of its own to cut the lead to 14-13. Pallotti Prep added another touchdown when Julian Mealy took a punt return 93 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. But again, Curley responded with 14 points of its own to go ahead for good and hold on for a 27-20 victory.
Correa finished with 84 yards passing and 27 yards rushing, while Bright finished with 63 receiving yards and 50 rushing yards.
Pallotti Prep will seek to return to a .500 record when it hosts John Carroll at the Panthers' homecoming, Friday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.
The Lady Spartans won both their matches last week with two 3-1 victories over Wise and Oxon Hill.
After falling 22-25 in the first set of the Sept. 30 match against Wise, the Lady Spartans were able to edge out Wise in the second set, 25-23. But Laurel found its groove in the third set, and dominated Wise in 25-10 in the third and fourth sets to get the win.
On Oct. 4, Laurel faced Oxon Hill and again fell 22-25 in the first set. The Lady Spartans cruised in the second and third sets, 25-17 and 25-20. Laurel edged out Oxon Hill in the fourth set, 25-23, to clinch the victory.
"This was a team effort," said head coach Taren Gray. "Perseverance and resilience was the key."
Laurel hosts Northwestern Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m. before traveling to local rival High Point Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m.
The Lady Panthers improved to 10-4 on the season with their third conference win in a straight-sets victory over Chapelgate Oct. 4.
Pallotti Prep led 24-20 in its first set, but allowed Chapelgate to close the gap before the Lady Panthers closed out the first set 28-26. The second set came a little easier as Pallotti Prep cruised to a 25-16 victory. The third set was tied at 17 before the Lady Panthers outscored Chapelgate, 8-2, down the stretch to clinch the third set and a victory in the match.
Victoria Johnson and Carissa Hill again led the way with 11 kills and 14 digs respectively, though freshman Valen Johnson added seven kills.