The Pickens Dragons and Dragonettes did what they had to do to come away with victories on Friday night against Cass, as the Dragonettes used a great first-half to power themselves to a double-digit win and the Dragons built up a lead in the third quarter and held on for a close win.
The first game of the evening featured the Dragonettes and the Lady Colonels in a matchup that would see both teams have very slow starts offensively.
Despite the problems with putting points on the board at a regular pace in the first quarter, the Dragonettes did enough to secure a lead, one that stood at 9-4 once the opening period had ended.
The second quarter saw the Dragonettes finally figure it out as far as scoring was concerned, outscoring the Lady Colonels 15-7 in the final eight minutes of the first half to lead the game 24-11 at the half.
Cass tried to make a comeback in the third quarter of play, putting up twelve points on the board; however, Pickens did not allow the Lady Colonels to close the gap at all, as their fifteen points left the score at 39-23 heading into the final quarter.
The fourth quarter saw the Dragonettes continue to put up points on the board, and their thirteen points in the fourth sealed a win for the team. The final score of the game was 52-35.
Danielle Goss led the Dragonettes in scoring in the victory with eighteen points in the game. Goss also had nine rebounds, three assists, and five steals in the game.
Haley Kalson was a major factor in rejuvenating the Dragonettes after a slow start, and when it was all said and done she had thirteen points, three rebounds, three assists, and four steals.
Sarah Smith had another solid game for Pickens in this contest, finishing the game with twelve points and a team-high ten rebounds. Smith also had one assist, two blocks, and one steal in the contest.
Following the girls’ game’s conclusion was the meeting between the Dragons and the Colonels. The first quarter of the game saw both teams trade big shots, and at its conclusion Pickens held a slim 8-6 advantage.
The second quarter saw similar play, as the Dragons barely outscored Cass by the margin of 10-9 to go into the locker room with a 18-15 lead.
Pickens would add to their slim lead thanks to an excellent third quarter of play, as the Dragons would start the quarter on a 12-3 run that would eventually turn into a 16-9 quarter and a 34-24 going into the fourth.
Now with a chance to seal the deal (something that has been an issue for the Dragons this season), the Dragons did all they had to do in the fourth quarter, scoring sixteen points to give Pickens a clean sweep over Cass and a 50-43 victory.
Tyjai Howell continued his strong senior season with a good game against the Colonels, finishing the contest with seventeen points and fourteen rebounds, both team-highs for the Dragons. Howell also recorded a steal in the game.
Jacob Stephens made plays when the Dragons really needed them on Friday night, recording twelve points in the win. Stephens also had two assists.
Shannon Brooks made his presence known to the Colonels on the court in this contest, finishing the game with ten points and five rebounds. Brooks also had eight assist and a steal in the game.
The Dragonettes and Dragons will be back in action on Tuesday, when they take on the River Ridge Lady Knights and Knights at home. The girls’ game is scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. with the boys’ game following its conclusion.