The Pickens Dragons and Dragonettes traveled to Hall County on Tuesday to take on the Chestatee War Eagles and Lady War Eagles for their first road games of the season, and although both games went back-and-forth throughout, Pickens would come up on the losing end.
The opening game of the evening featured the Dragonettes taking on a hungry Lady War Eagles squad. The first quarter of play saw Pickens struggle at keeping up with Chestatee’s intensity, leading to the Dragonettes trailing the Lady War Eagles 15-8 at the end of the quarter.
Pickens picked up the pace in the second quarter, putting up ten points; however, Chestatee took advantage of their three-point shooting capabilities—which would remain a theme throughout the evening—to outscore the Dragonettes 11-10 in the quarter, giving them a 26-18 lead at halftime.
The third quarter would prove pivotal for Pickens in this matchup, as the Dragonettes put up sixteen points thanks to some excellent ball movement, cutting the Lady War Eagles’ advantage to 36-34 going into the final quarter of play.
The fourth quarter played out to be as highly contested as the three that preceded it, but it didn’t end without a bit of controversy.
Following a foul by Pickens with Chestatee leading 42-39 with just thirty-four seconds left in the game, one of the War Eagle players stood behind the free throw line and attempted her first shot, which clanked off the rim; however, the officials then gathered together and said that the wrong War Eagle had stepped to the line.
The officials then allowed another Chestatee player to walk to the line and shoot, much to the chagrin of Coach Jacobs and the rest of the Dragonettes. This War Eagle made her two shots, which proved to seal the deal for the Lady War Eagles.
Chestatee would win the game by the final score of 45-40.
Danielle Goss led the Dragonettes in scoring with twenty-one points in the loss. Goss and Sarah Smith tied for the team lead in rebounding with twelve rebounds in the cost. Kadie Mullinax finished the game with six assists, a team-high.
Next up was the boys’ game, which pitted a hungry Dragons team against a very talented War Eagles’ squad. This game was neck-and-neck throughout the first two quarters of play, made apparent by the Dragons barely being outscored in the first (22-21) and in the second (14-13), leaving the team down 36-34 at the break.
The Dragons would really get it going in the third quarter of play thanks to great play by Tyjah Howell and Shannon Brooks, leaving the lead within one point going into the final quarter of play.
Down 54-53, the Dragons would work hard at coming up with the road win in the fourth, but Chestatee’s marksmanship from behind the arc along with a few calls that at best could be called “questionable” proved to be too much for Pickens on this night, leading to a 74-65 loss.
Shannon Brooks showed that his athleticism isn’t just limited to the football field, leading the team in scoring with thirty-one points. Brooks’ ten rebounds were second to fellow football player-turned basketball star Tyjah Howell, who finished the game with twelve points and twelve rebounds.
The loss puts the Dragonettes at 2-2 on the young season and the Dragons 1-3. Next up for these two teams is a road matchup with the White Warriors on Thursday, November 29th. The girls’ game is scheduled to tip off at 6:00 with the boys’ game starting at its conclusion.