Briarwood jumps ahead early to defeat Childersburg

Published 3:34 pm Tuesday, November 28, 2023

By ANDREW SIMONSON | Sports Editor

NORTH SHELBY – The Briarwood Christian Lions picked up their second win of the season with a 63-46 win over the Childersburg Tigers on Monday, Nov. 27 at Briarwood Christian School.

Ann Tatum Baker and Mary Beth Dicen led the way for the Lions with double-digit performances to help their team secure the victory.

Dicen opened up the game with a torrent stretch from beyond the arc, draining a trio of three-pointers as she scored nine of Briarwood’s 19 first quarter points.

Sasha Munikar added a three-pointer of her own and Baker had four points off a pair of baskets to help the Lions early on.

Briarwood’s defense also played strongly in the opening quarter, holding Childersburg to just five points as the Lions established an early 19-5 advantage after the first quarter.

Baker had another four-point quarter in the second quarter, and three-pointers from Dicen and Sarah Travis helped Briarwood extend its advantage and take a commanding 31-13 lead into the locker room.

After halftime, Baker took charge in the third quarter as she had nine points for the Lions during that time. Dicen, Travis and Munikar added baskets to give Briarwood 15 points for the quarter.

The Tigers started funneling their offense through Aubrey Foy, who ended the game with 19 points, but Briarwood’s defense limited the production from the other Childersburg players and held a 46-25 lead after three quarters of play.

Childersburg saved its best effort for last with 21 points in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late as six different Lions found the score sheet, including Emma Kerley, who scored six of her nine points in the final quarter.

That gave Briarwood 17 points for the fourth quarter and let the Lions take a 17-point win at home.

Baker led the team with 19 points while also recording four assists and four rebounds, and Dicen had 16 points, including four three-pointers, as well as three rebounds and three assists.

In addition, Kerley nearly recorded a triple-double with nine points, eight assists and eight rebounds, while Travis and Munikar had seven points each.