Both of Pickens High School’s basketball teams played great games on day one of the Pickens Holiday Classic, as the Dragonettes frustrated the Fellowship Lady Paladins in four quarters of play and the Dragons dominated the Strong Rock Patriots to give PHS a 2-0 start to the tournament.
The first matchup involving teams from Pickens, the host school for this tournament, was the meeting between the Dragonettes and the Lady Paladins in a game that got out of hand fairly quickly.
Pickens proved early on that they could outperform the Lady Paladins, outscoring Fellowship 12-6 in the first quarter of play. The Nettes never slowed down in the second quarter, adding eighteen points on the board compared to Fellowship’s six, giving Pickens a comfortable 30-12 lead at halftime.
As if an eighteen-point lead was not enough for the Nettes, they stretched this lead once the third quarter rolled around, going on a 21-4 run that would leave Fellowship in need of a miracle in the fourth.
While the Paladins did slow down Pickens a bit in the final quarter, it was not enough for Fellowship, as the Dragonettes would win the game by the final score of 59-26.
Danielle Goss made several big plays for Pickens on Thursday night, scoring twenty points with seven rebounds and two assists.
Not to be outdone by Goss, Sarah Smith also had a fine night, scoring nine points with a team-high twelve rebounds. Smith also had three assists.
The Dragonettes were blood thirsty in regards to gaining possession over the Lady Paladins, as four Pickens’ players—Smith, Haley Kalson, Kadie Mullinax, and Olivia LeMieux—finished the game with two steals.
Now looking for the clean sweep in the first day of the tournament, the Dragons hit the court fired up and ready to play a young Patriots squad. Pickens showed plenty of potential in the opening quarter, scoring nineteen points to lead the game 19-10 at its end.
Obviously looking to match the Nettes’ success, the Dragons mirrored the Dragonettes’ third quarter run in their second quarter of play, outscoring the Patriots 23-4 to give themselves an incredible 52-14 lead at the half.
With the victory now in hand, the Dragons slowed down the speed of the game in the second half, resulting in just seventeen points. However, the team did not stand down against the Strong Rock offense, allowing a total of just nineteen points in the third and fourth quarter.
The Dragons would win the game by the final score of 59-33.
David Culbreth had an excellent game for the Dragons, leading the team with fourteen points in the victory. Culbreth also had three rebounds and one assist.
While rebounds can sometimes be hard to come by, Tyjai Howell had no trouble getting the ball off of the shots of others, leading the Dragons with six rebounds on the night. Howell also had seven points and one assist.
Jacob Stephens played the way a true team player would, recording a team-high seven assists in the win.
The Dragons and Dragonettes will be back in action on Friday night, as the Dragonettes will take on the Sprayberry Lady Yellow Jackets and the Dragons will face off with the North Forsyth Raiders. The girls’ game is scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. with the boys’ game tipping off at approximately 7:30 p.m.