The Pickens Dragons and Dragonettes traveled to Cumming on Saturday evening to take on the West Forsyth Wolverines and Lady Wolverines. The night proved to be very disappointing for Pickens, as both teams were in prime position to come away with a victory but struggled mightily in the final quarter of play and lost.
The first game of the evening pitted the Dragonettes against the Lady Wolverines. The Nettes had the momentum in the first quarter of play after not scoring for the first three minutes of the game, outscoring West Forsyth 10-2 in the rest of the quarter to lead the game 10-6.
The second quarter saw Pickens continue to play well on offense but leave too many shots down low available to the Lady Wolverines, leading to West Forsyth scoring twelve points to Pickens’ ten, cutting the score to 20-18 at halftime.
Now with a chance to re-take the lead, the Lady Wolverines had the hot hand and were in no mood to settle, leading to twenty points in the quarter mainly due to their complete domination when it came to rebounding.
The Nettes needed points to keep up with the Lady Wolverines, but West Forsyth’s defense would have no part of giving Pickens any shots inside the perimeter, resulting in Pickens putting up just ten points in the quarter.
Down 38-30 and needing to make a major run to close the gap, the Dragonettes came in out the final quarter of play and promptly allowed the Lady Wolverines to continue out-rebounding and out-shooting them, which led to West Forsyth starting the quarter on a 10-0 run.
With the outcome now in hand, Dragonettes head coach Kevin Jacobs pulled his starters with around four minutes left in the game, allowing the second string to get some experience against a very talented team.
The final buzzer’s sound marked the end of the game and a 54-39 victory for the Lady Wolverines.
Kadie Mullinax and Makayla Angel led the Dragonettes in scoring with nine points in the loss thanks to their three point shooting abilities. Next in scoring was Haley Kalson and Sarah Smith, who had eight points and six points, respectively.
The one-sided rebounding aspect of the game is clearly shown in the statistics from the game, as Sarah Smith led the team with just five rebounds.
With the girls’ game now in the books, the Dragons came out to the court to take on the Wolverines and to try and send the Pickens’ fans in the gym home on a good note.
Things were not looking good for the Dragons in the opening quarter of the game, but a three-point buzzer beater by Ryan Curry gave Pickens hope and cut their deficit to 16-7.
The Dragons built off of Curry’s three and made the most of his precision behind the arc in the second quarter, resulting in two more threes for the senior as part of a 23-10 run by Pickens that gave the team a 30-26 lead at the half.
The third quarter saw the Wolverines wake up and try to close the gap on the Dragons, scoring fourteen points in the period. However, Pickens was not done with putting up points of their own, scoring fifteen points and extending their lead to 45-40.
Now with the end in sight, the Dragons hit the court in the fourth looking to finish; unfortunately, what they wound up looking at was a Wolverines team that was determined to win.
West Forsyth saved their best for last in this contest, taking the lead back from Pickens with 5:26 remaining in the game and outscoring the Dragons 17-4 in the final quarter, resulting in a 57-49 win for the Wolverines.
The loss had to be very disappointing for the Pickens’ players, especially due to the fact that they played so well in the first half and were still within three points with 1:51 remaining in the contest before the Wolverines sealed the victory.
Tyjai Howell led the Dragons in scoring and in rebounding with twelve points and nine rebounds in the close loss. Following Howell in scoring was Ryan Curry, who had eleven points, as well as Shannon Brooks and Dylan Curry, who both had nine points.
Chris Leicht showed off his ability to find the teammate with the best chance to score once again, as he finished the game with four assists.
The Dragons and Dragonettes play again on Tuesday, when they try to defend their home court against the Dalton Catamounts and Lady Catamounts. The matchup between the Dragonettes and Lady Catamounts is scheduled to start at 6:00 with the boys’ meeting following its conclusion.