Lions clinch region tournament title

Briarwood Christian School freshman Lauren Palmer attacks the Hueytown defense in the Lions' victory Oct. 15. (Reporter Photo/Wesley Hallman)

By WESLEY HALLMAN / Sports Editor

NORTH SHELBY — The Briarwood Christian School volleyball team defeated Central-Tuscaloosa 24-26, 25-16, 25-20, 18-25, 15-6 to clinch an Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 5A region tournament championship Oct. 15 on its home court.

Senior Logan Nasworthy led the Lions (25-21) with 18 kills in the championship match. Nasworthy also posted eight digs and three service aces.

Junior Mariah Light finished with 13 kills. Freshman Lauren Palmer posted 11 kills in the match.

Senior Carly Cline recorded a team-high 11 digs and two service aces. Junior Adeline Reiser registered a team-high 51 assists to go along with nine digs, two service aces and one kill.

Freshman Madison Chambers posted six kills. Sophomore Georgia Muir-Taylor finished with two kills and two digs. Junior Lizzie Baumbach finished with five digs and two service aces. Sophomore Hope Donohue registered three digs.

The Lions defeated Hueytown 25-7, 25-22, 25-21 in the semifinals to reach the title match.

Light led Briarwood Christian with 15 kills. Nasworthy added 12 kills, five digs, two service aces and one block. Chambers finished with five kills. Palmer contributed two kills.

Cline posted four digs to go along with one service ace and one kill. Reiser finished with a team-high 30 assists, four digs, three service aces and one kill. Baumbach finished with one dig and four service aces.

Freshman Christie Robertson registered six assists in the win. Donohue added five digs. Muir-Taylor finished with one dig and one service ace. Eighth-grader Genie Muir-Taylor recorded one block.

Briarwood Christian topped Brookwood 21-25, 25-10, 25-16, 25-19 in the quarterfinals in its opening game in the tournament.

Nasworthy led the Lions with 11 kills and 13 digs in the victory.
Light and Palmer posted eight kills each. Chambers finished with four kills. Freshman Kelly Bemis and Muir-Taylor, who had two digs and two blocks, finished with three kills each.

Cline posted a team-high 15 digs and one kill. Reiser finished with a team-high 35 assists to go along with eight digs and one kill. Baumbach posted six digs and two service aces. Donohue finished with three digs and four service aces.

The Lions will host Spanish Fort in an AHSAA Class 5A sub-state match Oct. 20.

Chelsea High School ended its season with a loss to Central-Tuscaloosa in the region tournament quarterfinals.