Dragons Come Up Just Short Against Ridgeland After A Hard Fought Game

PHS Basketball, Sports

This past Friday night, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team hosted the Panthers of Ridgeland in a 6-AAAA battle. Both teams came into the game, needing a win as both were near the middle of the pack in the region standings.


In the first, it was Ridgeland getting off to a quick start, but Pickens got things going and kept up with the Panthers. After one, Ridgeland lead a closely contested frame, 14-10. The 2nd quarter, saw both teams go back and forth in fast paced action. The Panthers, outscored the Dragons 17-13, to take a 31-23 lead into the break.


The 3rd quarter, saw the Dragons ramp things up trying to get back into the game. Pickens, would outscore Ridgeland 20-17 in the 3rd, to cut the Panther lead to 48-43, going to the 4th. The 4th quarter, again saw the Dragons outscore Ridgeland 14-13. Despite that, the Panthers were able to hang on and win 61-57 after several late free throws.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Seth Bishop: 17 points, 2 assists, 7 rebounds, & 2 steals

Joseph Gossett: 12 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, & 1 steal

Keinyuan Hooks: 8 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds, & 3 steals

Chase Simmons: 8 points, 2 assists, & 8 rebounds

Zach Goss: 7 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal

Tucker Lowe: 3 points, 2 assists, & 1 rebound

Owen Moss: 2 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, & 1 steal


Pickens, will now turn their attention to the Northwest Whitfield Bruins. The Dragons, will welcome the Bruins to the Dragons Den tomorrow night as part of a make up game after the original game was postponed due to snow. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.


Dragons Fight Hard In Tough Road Game At Heritage

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Last night, the PHS varsity Dragons basketball team took to the road to face the Generals of Heritage in a 6-AAAA region game. Pickens, was coming off of a thrilling last second overtime win over their rivals, the Gilmer Bobcats, & hadn’t been able to play since then due to the weather over the weekend.


In the 1st, it was much like the girls game beforehand. Both teams trying to find their footing. Heritage, was able to build a 19-11 lead over the Dragons going into the 2nd. In the 2nd quarter, the Generals would take advantage of some miscues by Pickens and outscored the Dragons 25-13 in the frame to take a 44-24 lead into the break.


Pickens, got things working in the 3rd quarter as they looked to get back into the game. The Dragons, at one time cut the lead down to single digits after being down 20 to start the frame. They outscored Heritage 23-18 in the 3rd, but found themselves still trailing going to the 4th, 62-47. In the 4th, the Generals closed it out with a 16-14 quarter run to take this one, 78-61.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Hunter Hermann: 11 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, & 1 block

Chase Simmons: 11 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, & 1 block

Joseph Gossett: 11 points, 2 assists, & 5 rebounds

Keinyuan Hooks: 9 points, 3 assists, & 3 rebounds

Zach Goss: 6 points, 5 assists, 6 rebounds, & 4 steals

Seth Bishop: 6 points, 5 rebounds, & 1 steal

Hunter Fowler: 5 points, 1 assist, & 6 rebounds

Owen Moss: 2 points


Pickens, will be back home friday night as they host the Ridgeland Panthers in a region match up. Tip off scheduled for 7:30 pm.


Dragons Shock Bobcats With Last Second Win In Overtime

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Last Friday night, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team took the short ride up to Ellijay to take on the Gilmer Bobcats in a 6-AAAA region match up. Pickens, is up one in the three regular season meetings after their 10 point win during the Thanksgiving Tip-Off Tournament. This game, much like a lot of Pickens/Gilmer games, did not disappoint.


In the 1st quarter, it was the home team that got off to a quick start. Going to the 2nd, the Bobcats led the Dragons, 17-10. In the 2nd, Pickens turned the tide and got things going. The Dragons, would have their own 17-10 quarter run to give us a tie ball game at 27 a piece going to the half.


In the 3rd, both teams went back and forth trading buckets. A 19-14 run for the Bobcats, gave them a 46-41 lead over Pickens going to the 4th and final quarter. In the 4th, the two teams combined for 47 total points. The Dragons, were able to make some clutch baskets, and outscore Gilmer 26-21, to send us into overtime tied at 67. Much like regulation, the overtime period was exciting & heart stopping all at once. With just over 10 seconds left, the Bobcats, went 1/2 at the free throw line, the Dragons got the rebound, drove down the court, & Senior Joseph Gossett found an opening in the lane and drove in for a layup with 1.5 seconds left, giving Pickens the 80-79 win over Gilmer.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Hunter Hermann: 23 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, & 1 block

Seth Bishop: 18 points, 1 assist, 14 rebounds, & 1 steal

Zach Goss: 14 points, 5 rebounds, & 2 steals

Chase Simmons: 8 points, 4 assists, 7 rebounds, & 3 steals

Joseph Gossett: 7 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, & 3 steals

Keinyuan Hooks: 5 points, 12 assists, 6 rebounds, & 6 steals

Hunter Fowler: 3 points


Pickens, is now 3-3 overall & 1-1 in region play. They will be back in action next Friday as they welcome the Northwest Whitfield Bruins to the Dragons Den. Tip off is scheduled for 8:30 pm.


Dragons Fall In Region Opener To LaFayette, Face Gilmer In Ellijay Friday Night

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On Tuesday evening, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team hosted the LaFayette Ramblers for their first home game of the season & the first region game of the season. Pickens, was coming off being named co-champions of the Thanksgiving Tip-Off Tournament, while LaFayette came in as a favorite in the region heading into the season after barely losing to Northwest Whitfield in the region title game last season. It would be a good test for a Dragons team that came in 2-2.


In the 1st quarter, LaFayette got off to the better start, pulling ahead early. However, the back end of the 1st saw things pick up for Pickens as they cut the Rambler lead to 22-14 going to the 2nd. In the 2nd quarter, both teams struggled to have some consistent offense. LaFayette outscored the Dragons 9-6 in the frame to give them a lead of 31-20 going into the break.


The 2nd half, would not be kind to the home standing Dragons unfortunately. The Ramblers had everything go their way while it seemed nothing would fall for Pickens. In the 3rd, LaFayette would use a 17-3 quarter advantage to take a 48-23 lead into the 4th. The Ramblers, would be able to close this game out and get the win, 65-30.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Seth Bishop: 9 points, & 3 rebounds

Keinyuan Hooks: 5 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, & 4 steals

Zach Goss: 4 points, 3 rebounds, & 1 block

Joseph Gossett: 4 points, 2 rebounds, & 1 steal

Avonta Johnson: 4 points, 1 rebound, & 1 steal

Chase Simmons: 3 points, & 1 assist


The Dragons will now turn to Friday Night as they will make the short trip up 515 and head to Ellijay to take on the Gilmer Bobcats in a region match up. These two teams met in Fannin not too long ago and Pickens came away with a 10 point win. Both finished with 2-1 records & a share of the tournament trophy. Tip off scheduled for 8:30 pm.


Dragons Win Share Of Tip-Off Tournament Title, Begin Region Play Tuesday

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The PHS Dragons varsity basketball team was again in Blue Ridge last night for the third and final day of the Thanksgiving Tip-Off Tournament. Pickens, would be taking on the host team, the Fannin Rebels. Both teams were coming off tough losses on Tuesday, & looked to end the tournament on a good note.


Much like the ‘Nettes in the game beforehand, the Dragons got off to a fast start against the Rebels. Pickens held a 26-14 advantage after the 1st. In the 2nd, both teams traded buckets in high paced action. The Dragons outscored Fannin by a slight edge of 12-11 to take a 38-25 lead into the break.


In the 3rd, Pickens kept holding off any Rebel comeback chance, while adding to their lead. The highlight of the half, & maybe the game, was a thunderous slam by the Dragons’ Seth Bishop. The Dragons used a 12-9 run in the 3rd to stretch their lead over Fannin to 50-34 going to the 4th. A 20-12 4th quarter run would seal the victory for the Dragons. Your final score, 70-46. With the win, Pickens shares a piece of the championship with Gilmer. Both finished at 2-1.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Joseph Gossett: 16 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, & 4 steals (All-Tournament selection)

Seth Bishop: 15 points, 2 assists, 8 rebounds, & 1 steal (All-Tournament selection)

Hunter Hermann: 12 points, 2 rebounds, & 2 steals

Keinyuan Hooks: 10 points, 12 assists, 3 rebounds, & 5 steals

Zach Goss: 6 points, 3 assists, & 4 rebounds (All-Tournament selection)

Chase Simmons: 5 points, 2 rebounds, & 2 steals


With the win, Pickens now moves to 2-2 on the season. The Dragons, will finally be home on Tuesday as they host the LaFayette Ramblers in a game that will open region play. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.




Dragons Fall In Final Second Heartbreak, Play Rebels Tonight

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Yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team was yet again back in Blue Ridge for the second day of the annual Thanksgiving Tip-Off Tournament. After getting a double digit win over their rival Gilmer on Saturday, Pickens turned their focus on the Eagles of Hiwassee Dam.


In the 1st quarter, the Eagles would be the team to get off to the quick start in the boys match up. Hiwassee Dam would take a 21-13 lead into the 2nd quarter. In that 2nd quarter, Pickens got things going. The Dragons doubled the Eagles 2nd quarter scoring output 14-7, to cut the Hiwassee Dam lead down to just one going into the break, 28-27.


The 2nd half of this one was one to see. The 3rd quarter belonged to the Dragons as they carried over the momentum built in the 2nd quarter over to the start of the 2nd half outscoring the Eagles 19-14 to take a 46-42 lead going into the 4th. In the 4th, it was back and forth with both teams. With time draining down, Pickens ran an inbounds play perfectly to take the late lead 58-57. However, the excitement would not be done there as Hiwassee Dam used an inbounds play of their own to drive the baseline, & make a tough layup as time expired to get the win, 59-58.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Zach Goss: 16 points, 2 assists, & 4 rebounds

Joseph Gossett: 14 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, & 1 block

Seth Bishop: 12 points, 7 rebounds, & 2 blocks

Tucker Lowe: 12 points, 1 assist, & 2 rebounds

Hunter Fowler: 3 points, 3 assists, & 4 rebounds


On the boys side of the tournament, everyone has one loss. Pickens beat Gilmer, Gilmer beat Fannin, Fannin beat Hiwassee Dam, & Hiwassee Dam beat Pickens. Everyone is still in play for the title as we head into the final day of the tournament today. It very well may come down to points to determine the winner. Pickens will face the host team, the Fannin Rebels tonight at 7:30 pm.


Dragons Start Tip-Off Tournament With Win Over Rival Bobcats

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Yesterday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team matched up with the Gilmer Bobcats in the first of three meetings during the season as they kicked off the annual Thanksgiving Tournament at Fannin High School. Pickens, was coming off a hard fought loss to Chestatee on Tuesday, while Gilmer looked to turn around a long week after tough defeats to Murray County & Union County.


The 1st quarter saw Pickens jump out to an early lead on their rival Bobcats. The Dragons held a 19-12 advantage over Gilmer going to the 2nd. In the 2nd quarter, Pickens used momentum gained in the opening frame, & carried it over to the 2nd. The Dragons would use a 20-12 quarter scoring advantage to take a 39-24 lead over the Bobcats going into the break.


In the 3rd, the Bobcat fans saw their team get back into it with a strong quarter performance. Gilmer would outscore the Dragons 12-6 in the 3rd to cut it down to 45-36 going to the 4th. However in the 4th, the Dragons were able to outscore the Bobcats 16-15, and close out any chance of a comeback, to get the win over their rival, 61-51.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Joseph Gossett: 20 points, 5 rebounds, & 1 steal

Zach Goss: 14 points, 6 assists, 6 rebounds, & 2 steals

Seth Bishop: 12 points, 2 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, & 1 block

Hunter Hermann: 4 points, 2 assists, 8 rebounds, 3 steals, & 1 block

Chase Simmons: 4 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds,  & 1 block

Tucker Lowe: 4 points, 1 assist, & 1 rebound

Hunter Fowler: 3 points, 1 assist, & 1 steal


Pickens will be back in Blue Ridge tomorrow as they will take on the Hiwassee Dam Eagles. Scheduled tip off time is 4:30.


Dragons Battle, Fall Short To War Eagles In Season Opener

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Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team headed down to Gainesville to take on the War Eagles of Chestatee in the season opener for the 2017-18 season. This one had a little of everything you want in sports. Excitement, drama, great plays.


In the 1st quarter, Chestatee got out to a quick lead, & built it up prior to the end of the frame. Heading to the 2nd, the War Eagles held a 21-8 lead after one. In the 2nd, Pickens got things going, and made a massive run. The Dragons, outscored Chestatee in the 2nd quarter, 25-16, to trim the War Eagle lead to 37-33, going into halftime.


In the 3rd, the Dragons kept the momentum built from the 2nd quarter, and used it to take the lead from Chestatee after a 26-19 quarter run. Going to the 4th, Pickens led the War Eagles, 59-56. In the 4th, the two teams took turns with the lead. Several players would foul out for both teams, & a couple of technicals were handed out as well. Chestatee would use a 26-21 run, & several late free throws to get the win, 85-77.


Leading the Dragons in points were:

Joseph Gossett: 26 (18 in the 2nd half)

Seth Bishop: 19

Keinyuan Hooks: 14


Pickens, will now look forward to the annual Thanksgiving Tip-Off Tournament that is starting on Saturday, & will be held in Ellijay this year. The tournament features Pickens, Gilmer, Fannin, & Hiwassee Dam. The Dragons, will start the tournament off with their rival, the Gilmer Bobcats on Saturday at 4:30 pm.


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