The IAAM league was represented well at this weekend’s Bullis Holiday Basketball Classic in Montgomery County.  St. Vincent Pallotti (A Conference) and St. Mary’s (B Conference) both found themselves in a championship game.

The No. 13 Panthers defeated Mercersburg (Pa.), 75-12, on Friday and Sidwell Friends, 61-49, on Saturday to advance to the final game.

Pallotti played the host school Bullis and hung close in the first half, trailing 23-17 at the half.  But a third quarter outburst by the Bulldogs (5-2) put the visitors away.  Bullis outscored the Panthers, 20-3, in the quarter and held the Laurel school to just nine second-half points to win it’s own tournament, 53-26.

Junior guard Tiffany Padgett led Pallotti (6-3) with eight points and four rebounds.  Padgett had 11 points to power the Panthers in wins against both Mercersburg and Sidwell Friends.

After dropping a game to Bullis, 60-35, in the opening round, St. Mary’s rebounded to knock off Wilson (Pa.), 52-42, to win the consolation bracket final.

Melanie Mocniak scored a team-high 12 points and Jennifer Broussard added 10 points and 13 rebounds for the Saints in the win. The Annapolis school scored 20 points in the second quarter and had a 33-16 advantage at halftime.

St. Mary’s improved to 5-5 overall on the season and will host Park on January 4th.


Bullis School 53, No. 13 St. Vincent Pallotti 26
Padgett 10, Davis 5, Hankton 4, Faulkner 3, Gorham 3, Ekedigwe 2, Flowers 1. 
Nelson 17, Belton 17, Jenkins 10, Jackson 6, Howard 2, Hall 1.


St. Mary’s 52, Wilson (Pa.) 42
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St. Mary’s:
Hurst 2, McCarthy 2, K. Broussard 7, J. Broussard 10, S. Lazo 5, M. Mocniak 12, D. Lazo 4, Tower 2, Ruttum 8. 
Quaco 20, Reid 4, Singletary 14, Diezlopez 2, Washington 3, Banks 1.