Yesterday afternoon, the PHS Dragonettes traveled to Southeast Whitfield to kickoff the 2017 6-AAAA Region Tournament Quarterfinals. The ‘Nettes, came in to the tournament as the #4 seed & took on the #5 seeded Lady Panthers of Ridgeland for the right to punch their ticket to the 4-A State Tournament.
Pickens, got off to a fast start in the opening quarter of this one. The ‘Nettes, raced out to a 17-6 lead going to the 2nd quarter. In the 2nd, the Lady Panthers got their offense to pick up. Pickens, outscored Ridgeland in the frame 15-11, to take a 32-17 lead into the break.
In the 3rd, the ‘Nettes stretched their lead out on the the Lady Panthers using a 14-9 quarter run. Heading to the 4th and final quarter, Pickens led Ridgeland, 46-26. In the 4th, the ‘Nettes were able to seal things up and earn a state tournament berth with a 62-41 victory.
Leading the way for the ‘Nettes were:
Autumn Young: 15 points, 6 assists, 2 rebounds, & 2 steals
Ashley Nelson: 13 points, 2 assists, & 9 rebounds
Taylor Wigington: 9 points, 5 assists, & 6 rebounds
Mackenzie Hampton: 7 points, 10 rebounds, & 1 block
Torie Williams: 5 points, 3 assists, 4 rebounds, & 3 steals
Shelby Cook: 4 points, 5 rebounds, & 1 block
Madison McClure: 3 points, 2 assists, & 2 rebounds
Bailey Payne: 2 points, & 1 rebound
Olivia Simmons: 2 points
Allie Stephens: 2 points
The ‘Nettes, will now take today & tomorrow to get ready for their Semi-final match up with the #1 seeded Northwest Whitfield Lady Bruins. A win there for Pickens would send them to the championship game & give them a home game in the 1st round of the state tournament. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday at Southeast Whitfield.