Last night, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team traveled to Dalton to take part in the first round of the 6-AAAA Region Tournament being held at Southeast Whitfield. Pickens, came in as the #2 seed and was matched up with the #7 seed & host team, the Southeast Whitfield Lady Raiders. The winner, would advance to the region semi-finals, & to the 2018 4-A State Tournament.
The 1st quarter, started off a little slow for the ‘Nettes to begin things. Pickens, got a big pick me up to end the frame as Junior Torie Williams nailed a buzzer beater from half court to give the ‘Nettes a 17-8 lead going to the 2nd. In the 2nd quarter, Pickens settled in and was able to get things going on both ends of the floor. Using a 23-7 quarter advantage, the ‘Nettes took a 40-15 lead over Southeast Whitfield going to the break.
Pickens, carried their solid play from the 2nd quarter over to the 3rd as they extended their lead over the Lady Raiders. With the help of a 21-9 run, the ‘Nettes took a 61-24 lead going to the 4th and final quarter. With a 12-10 quarter run in the 4th, the ‘Nettes sealed the win, 73-34.
Leading the way for the ‘Nettes were:
Torie Williams: 17 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, & 1 block
Mykenzie Weaver: 16 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, & 1 block
Sarah Morris: 13 points, 3 assists, & 1 steal
Shelby Cook: 10 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, & 3 blocks
Mackenzie Hampton: 8 points, 3 assists, 9 rebounds, 2 steals, & 1 block
Allie Stephens: 3 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, & 3 steals
Cassidy Richards: 2 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, & 2 blocks
Reagan Hardwood: 2 points, 1 assist, & 4 rebounds
Ansley Parker: 1 point, 4 rebounds, & 1 block
Kealy Hillhouse: 1 point, & 1 rebound
With the win, the ‘Nettes have secured a spot in the 2018 4-A State Tournament, & have advanced to the semi-finals of the 6-AAAA Region Tournament where they will meet the Heritage Lady Generals. Pickens, won both meetings during the regular season, but will need to win this one if they want to host a state tournament game. Tip off is scheduled for 4 pm on Thursday. Game will be played at Southeast Whitfield.