Last night, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team traveled to Bogart, Ga to take on the North Oconee Lady Titans in the 1st round of the 2017 4-A State Tournament. Coming into the ball game, the ‘Nettes were the #3 seed out of region 6 while the Lady Titans were the #2 seed out of region 8. North Oconee, came in ranked in the top ten of the 4-A poll.
In the 1st, it took a while for the two teams to get things going offensively. As things ended in the opening quarter, North Oconee would take a 17-6 lead into the 2nd. In the 2nd, it was a close quarter points wise. The Lady Titans outscored the ‘Nettes 10-6 to take a 27-12 lead into the break.
The 3rd quarter would not kind to Pickens as nothing was falling for them. North Oconee used a 21-9 quarter run to take a 48-21 lead going to the 4th and final quarter. In the 4th, the ‘Nettes had their best offensive output of the game, outscoring the Lady Titans 16-14. It would not be enough as North Oconee would get the win, 62-37.
Leading the way for the ‘Nettes were:
Autumn Young: 7 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, & 3 steals
Madison McClure: 6 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, & 1 steal
Ashley Nelson: 6 points, 2 assists, 7 rebounds, & 1 steal
Torie Williams: 5 points, 1 assist, & 2 rebounds
Mackenzie Hampton: 4 points, 8 rebounds, & 1 steal
Shelby Cook: 4 points
Olivia Simmons: 3 points
Taylor Wigington: 2 points, 1 assist, 7 rebounds, & 1 steal
Allie Stephens: 2 assists, 2 rebounds, & 1 steal
While the ‘Nettes will be losing 6 seniors, they will be returning a lot of young & experienced players as well. They again will be upper class heavy. Look for another competitive year from the ‘Nettes next season.