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Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 01/14/2012

Frederick’s Lauren Tolson picks Richmond

Frederick senior Lauren Tolson, the area’s leading scorer at 27.5 points per game, verbally committed to Richmond this week, wasting little time accepting her first scholarship offer.

The 5-foot-8 guard watched the Spiders fall at home to Temple last Saturday and received an offer the next day following a lengthy tour of the school’s campus. Before the Cadets’ game at Walkersville on Tuesday, Tolson called Richmond Coach Michael Shafer from the gym to make her commitment.

She then proceeded to score 25 points in a 57-52 win over the Lions, topping the 1,000-point mark for her career in the process.

“Basically, I’ve played four hard years, and I’m glad it is actually paying off,” Tolson said. “Being in the gym all the time with no days off, it’s exciting to hit 1,000 points and be really successful. I’m ready to go to the next level and give it all I’ve got there.”

Tolson earned honorable mention All-Met honors last season after leading Frederick to its first state championship. She averaged a team-high 19.3 points per game, including a 24-point effort in the Maryland 3A final win over Aberdeen.

She has increased her scoring this season, posting at least 21 points in 11 of 12 games with three 30-point performances. She is also among the area’s best free throw shooters, having connected on 75 of 86 attempts (87.2 percent).

Despite that production, Tolson, who began her career at Montrose Christian, had to be patient through the recruiting process.

In recent months, she made other unofficial visits to James Madison, Temple, Coppin State and Delaware State but did not come away with any official offers until Sunday. Tolson said the Richmond coaches told her they needed one more guard to fill out next season’s recruiting class, and it didn’t take long for her to realize the Atlantic 10 Conference school provided a good fit.

Now she’ll have one less thing to worry about as Frederick — which has won five straight since losing three of its first six — continues its title defense.

“Feeling wanted is really special,” Tolson said. “The way [Shaefer] said it made me want to go there even more. They were just really welcoming, and I could tell the coaches really care about you down there. I want to be a part of that.”

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