The Pickens Dragonettes and Dragons had no trouble taking care of business at home on Friday, January 17th, as both squads took care of their opponents from Cedartown High School in two blowout victories.
The first varsity game of the evening pitted the Dragonettes against the Lady Bulldogs. This first quarter of play was incredibly slow due to mistakes on both sides, which led to a scoreless contest until there was only 4:12 left in the period. Fortunately for the Nettes, the team got things figured out shortly thereafter, and at the end of the first quarter led the Lady Bulldogs 9-2.
Pickens took control of the game in the second quarter, slowing Cedartown down while finally finding a rhythm on offense. Although the Dragonettes still had trouble hitting their three-point attempts, the team outscored the Lady Bulldogs 16-6 to close out the first half with a comfortable 25-8 lead.
Halftime provided a great treat for those in attendance at Pickens High School. Earlier in the week, PHS held a banquet honoring the2013-2014 Hall of Fame class, and one this night those who could attend were honored at halftime. Video of the halftime ceremony can be viewed at the bottom of the page.
The Nettes continued to control the pace of this matchup in the third quarter, outscoring Cedartown 13-8 to hold a 38-16 lead with just one quarter to go. Already holding an insurmountable lead, Dragonettes head coach Kevin Jacobs opted to play his younger players to close out this game, which led to some great shooting by freshmen Taylor Wigington and Autumn Young. The two combined for ten points in efforts that helped Pickens win this game 50-32.
Sarah Smith had no trouble rebounding and making the most out of her second chances for points, finishing the game with team highs in scoring (24) and rebounding (9). Smith also had one block in the victory.
Olivia LeMieux put forth a great effort against the Lady Bulldogs on Friday, which showed up in the stats. LeMieux finished this game with four points, eight rebounds, one assist, and one steal.
Haley Kalson continued to add to an impressive junior campaign, scoring nine points while also recording seven rebounds, five assists and three steals against Cedartown.
With the girls’ game now over, the Dragons took the court with hopes of beating the Bulldogs. Pickens jumped out to a fast lead thanks to excellent play by Shannon Brooks, who scored the Dragons’ first ten points in the game. Brooks was then aided with some big plays by teammate Tanner Brumby, who would score eight points in a quarter that would end with the Dragons holding a 24-12 advantage.
The Dragons continued to control this contest thanks to consistent scoring along with great defensive pressure, a combination of which left the Bulldogs with barely any hope. Pickens refused to slow down to close the first half, which led to the team posting fifteen more points to go into the locker room with a 39-20 lead.
Pickens extended the lead even further in the third period, outscoring Cedartown 19-11 to make it a 58-31 lead for the Dragons with just one quarter left. The second string for the Dragons then stepped in and stepped up in a very impressive manner, which was highlighted by a great display of shooting from Holden Roop, impressive passing from Ty Prather, and hard-fought rebounds from both Walker Lawrence and Trent Rizoti. Fueled by great play from the bench, Pickens would score seventeen points in the fourth to defeat Cedartown 75-44, the highest scoring total for the Dragons since December 13th.
Tanner Brumby led the way for the Dragons on this night, scoring twenty-two points and tying Shannon Brooks for the team-high in rebounds with five. The future Mercer Bear also had one assist and two steals in the victory.
Shannon Brooks played an crucial part in Pickens taking the lead and maintaining it in this game, as the junior was the main source of scoring for the Dragons early in this one. When it was all said and done, Brooks had nineteen points with five rebounds and one steal.
Holden Roop may not have started this game against the Bulldogs, but he made the most out of the time he was on the court, scoring nine points in this game. Roop also had three rebounds and one assist in the game.
The victory for the Dragonettes and Dragons gives the teams records of 10-8. Both squads will be looking to improve on their seasons on Saturday, when they take on Excel Christian Academy at home. The girls’ game is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m.