The Pickens High School Dragonettes and Dragons basketball teams traveled to Gilmer High School to take on the arch rival Lady Bobcats and Bobcats. While Dragonettes left the Lady “Cats” crispy, winning 57-48, the Dragons’ fire burned less bright, with a 67-37 loss.The Dragonettes played a back and forth game throughout. The battle began in the first quarter as Gilmer got off to an 8-6 lead early; however, Pickens picked up the pace and led 18-15 going into the second quarter. The “Nettes” were paced by Sarah Smith who had 10 of Pickens’ 18 first quarter points.
The second quarter was a defensive struggle, as only 21 points were scored total in the period. The first points of the period came via a three by Pickens’ Danielle Goss with 5:42 left in the first half. Pickens closed the half with a two point, 28-26 lead.
Pickens pulled away a bit in the third. The “Nettes” scorched the nets, as Pickens picked up an 8-0 run to begin the quarter. After a Haley Kalson steal and layup, Gilmer called time out with 5:37 left in the third and the “Nettes” leading 36-28.
The Lady “Cats” cut the lead to seven, but a three from Kadie Mullinax pushed the lead up to 10, with two minutes left in the third. Pickens led 47-35 going into the fourth.
The Lady “Cats” kept cutting it close but could not keep the Dragonettes from the 57-48 win. Smith paced Pickens with 18 points. Goss and Mullinax both chipped in 15 points apiece, and Kalson finished with eight.
The Dragons got drug, as the Bobcats broke out early, busting open an 8-2 lead early in the game. The Dragons responded with a 6-2 run that tied the game, sparked by a three by David Culbreth. The two teams battled to another tie at 13-13, however a 7-0 run by the home team saw the Bobcats lead 20-13 at the end of the first quarter.
Despite a plethora of Pickens offensive rebounds and second chance shots, the Dragons was held scoreless in the second period until 2:57 was left in the first half. Pickens picked up only four points in the period. Gilmer led by 21 at half time, 38-17.
The Dragons couldn’t catch fire in the second half, as Gilmer cruised to a 30 point 67-37 victory.