Lady Lions start district with victory over reigning champ Glen Rose

Derrick Stuckly
Aleyia Cotton (4) and Ashlyn Storm (11), who combined for eight blocks, elevate at the net against Glen Rose in Friday's four-set district victory. [Photo by Derrick Stuckly]

The most important victory of the season occurred for the Brownwood Lady Lions Friday night as they knocked off reigning District 7-4A volleyball champion Glen Rose in four sets, 27-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-10 at Warren Gym in the league opener for both squads.

“The girls played great despite some crucial errors,” said Lady Lions first-year head coach Allison Smith. “They pulled together and fought as a team tonight and that's the most important thing to me. They showed their true character and fighting spirit. They refused to get down and their effort showed on the court.”

Olivia Fowler paced the Lady Lion offensive attack with 10 kills trailed by eight apiece from Aleyia Cotton, Jaylen Savage and Katelyn Windham, six from Ashlyn Storm, and two each by Kylie Morris and Tessa Goodwin.

Goodwin dished out 18 assists while Kylie Wooten contributed 17, Caitlyn Moody finished with three and Fowler chipped in one.

Wooten's four aces were a team-best followed by three each from Morris and Goodwin and a pair by Moody.

On the defensive end, Moody tallied 23 digs trailed by Fowler with 20, Morris with 14, Goodwin with 10, Windham with nine, Cotton with four, Storm with three and Wooten with two.

At the net, Storm logged five blocks, Cotton and Savage contributed three apiece and Fowler collected one.

Brownwood (14-11, 1-0) has its first of two district byes Tuesday, then hosts Godley at 4:30 p.m. Friday.