Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team traveled to Dalton to take part in the 2017 6-AAAA Region Tournament being held at Southeast Whitfield. Pickens, came in as the #7 seed and to get to state, they would have to upset the #2 seeded LaFayette Ramblers. Their opponent for the evening. The Dragons are no history to shocking region tournament wins. Last year, they won 3 games, including 2 in one day, to make it to state.
In the 1st, nothing was falling for the Dragons as LaFayette got out to a 13-0 lead. However, by the end of the frame, Pickens would go on a 9-3 run to cut into the Rambler lead going to the 2nd, 16-9. In the 2nd, LaFayette looked to build on their lead. Using a 17-9 quarter run, the Ramblers held a 33-18 lead going into the break.
In the 3rd, quarter wise, the scoring was back and forth for both teams. Pickens would see it’s biggest offensive output of the game at that point. LaFayette outscored the Dragons 15-12 in that frame as they held a 48-30 lead going to the 4th. The Ramblers were able to come away with the win, 64-41, ending the season for Pickens.
Leading the way for the Dragons were:
Avery Luke: 16 points, & 7 rebounds
Seth Bishop: 7 points, & 5 rebounds
Blake Gorth: 5 points, 3 assists, 9 rebounds, & 1 block
Joseph Gossett: 5 points, 5 rebounds, & 1 steal
Jacob Brumby: 3 points, & 3 rebounds
Chase Simmons: 2 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, 1 steal, & 1 block
Hunter Hermann: 2 points, 1 rebound, & 1 block
Keinyuan Hooks: 1 point, 2 assists, 1 rebound, & 1 steal
Hunter Jordan: 1 rebound, & 3 blocks
In looking at next season for the Dragons, they have a lot of players coming back with only two seniors graduating. They will be senior heavy next year and with kids that have gained a lot of experience this season.