‘Nettes Finish 2nd In Region After Physical Game, Host Troup Next Friday In State Tournament

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It was Region Championship Friday as the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team made the trip to Dalton one last time. This time, it was to face off with the #1 seeded Northwest Whitfield Lady Bruins. Pickens, had already earned a home game in the first round of the 4-A State Tournament, but wanted to cap the week off with a region title.

 

In the opening quarter, the ‘Nettes got a couple of three pointers to drop to help propel them to the lead going to the 2nd, 13-6. In a tightly contested, low scoring 1st half, each team proved they belonged in this championship game. Northwest Whitfield outscored the ‘Nettes in the 2nd 11-7, but Pickens maintained the lead, 20-17 going to the break.

 

In the 3rd, there was just a total of 13 points scored between the two teams as both defenses played very well throughout the game. Despite being outscored 7-6 in the quarter by the Lady Bruins, the ‘Nettes still held on to the lead going to the 4th, 26-24. The lead would change several times in the 4th, but in the closing seconds, Northwest Whitfield was able to get a late basket to give them the win, 36-34.

 

Leading the way for the ‘Nettes were:

Mykenzie Weaver: 9 points, 3 assists, 4 rebounds, & 1 steal

Mackenzie Hampton: 7 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, & 1 block

Torie Williams: 6 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, & 3 steals

Allie Stephens: 6 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, & 1 steal

Olivia Simmons: 6 points

 

Pickens, will now get prepared to host the Troup County Lady Tigers out of region 5 in the 1st round of the 4-A State Tournament. The game will be this coming Friday, with game time still to be determined. Tickets will be $7 per GHSA rule.

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History Made With ‘Nettes Semi-Final Win, Play Northwest Whitfield For Region Title Tonight

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Yesterday afternoon, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team was back at Southeast Whitfield for their 2nd game in the 6-AAAA Region Tournament. This time, it was a semi-final match up with the #3 seeded Heritage Lady Generals. Pickens, won both games during the regular season, but a win here, & the ‘Nettes would host the 1st round of the 4-A State Tournament.

 

The first quarter, had a lot of action, and a lot of back and forth scoring. While Heritage started off with the lead early in the opening minutes, Pickens was able to take the lead going to the 2nd, 12-11. In the 2nd, the defense for the ‘Nettes stiffened up, & made it really tough for the Lady Generals. Using a 15-5 quarter run, Pickens went into the half with a 27-16 lead.

 

The defensive effort in the 2nd quarter, carried over to the 3rd for the ‘Nettes as they would double the scoring output of Heritage, 16-8, to stretch their lead going to the 4th, 43-24. The 4th quarter, saw the Lady Generals try for one final push. Heritage, would outscore Pickens 19-9 in the final quarter, but it would not be enough as the ‘Nettes came away with the win, 52-43.

 

Leading the way for the ‘Nettes were:

Shelby Cook: 17 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, & 1 block

Mykenzie Weaver: 17 points, 4 assists, & 5 rebounds

Mackenzie Hampton: 9 points, 2 assists, & 6 rebounds

Torie Williams: 4 points, 3 assists, 7 rebounds, & 1 steal

Allie Stephens: 3 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal

Hattie Baker: 2 points, & 1 rebound

 

For the ‘Nettes, the win gives them a home game for the first round of the 4-A State Tournament. Even with the ‘Nettes storied past, which includes several state titles, this will be the first ever tournament game that Pickens will be hosting. Pickens, has one more game at Southeast Whitfield this week as they will play the #1 seeded Northwest Whitfield Lady Bruins tonight for the 6-AAAA Region Championship. Tip off is scheduled for 7 pm.

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‘Nettes Drop Tough Region Game To Northwest Whitfield

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Last night, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team traveled to Tunnel Hill to take on the region leading Northwest Whitfield Lady Bruins in the 2nd game of their home & home series. In the first meeting, the Lady Bruins came away with the win. The ‘Nettes were looking to return the favor on Northwest Whitfield’s court.

 

In the opening quarter, both offenses were able to get going despite maybe not having quality practice time due to the weather. Northwest Whitfield, held the lead over the ‘Nettes going to the 2nd, 21-17. In the 2nd quarter, Pickens cut the Lady Bruins lead in half. Using a 12-10 quarter run, the ‘Nettes only trailed 31-29 going to the break.

 

In the 3rd, Northwest Whitfield would look to widen their lead on the ‘Nettes. The Lady Bruins, outscored Pickens in the 3rd, 20-13, to take a 9 point lead going to the 4th, 51-42. The 4th quarter, was a real tightly contested frame as the Lady Bruins were able to hold on after a 21-19 quarter run, to get the win, 72-61.

 

Leading the way for Pickens was:

Mykenzie Weaver: 32 points, 2 assists, & 2 rebounds

Torie Williams: 9 points, 8 assists, 1 rebound, & 1 steal

Shelby Cook: 6 points, & 9 rebounds

Mackenzie Hampton: 6 points, 2 assists, & 3 rebounds

Olivia Simmons: 3 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, & 1 steal

Sarah Morris: 3 points, 3 assists, & 1 rebound

Allie Stephens: 2 points, 1 assist, & 5 rebound

 

 

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‘Nettes Suffer First Loss In Final Home Game Of 2017

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Last night, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team hosted the Northwest Whitfield Lady Bruins, in a big time region match up. Entering the game, the Lady Bruins were 8-1 overall, & 4-0 in region play, While the ‘Nettes, were 8-0 overall, & also 4-0 in region play. This, would prove to be the toughest game so far for Pickens.

 

The first quarter, was high scoring from the get go. Both teams found success very early & the scoreboard reflected that. Heading into the 2nd, the Lady Bruins held a 20-14 lead over the ‘Nettes. The second quarter, was back and forth, & even throughout the frame. Northwest Whitfield outscored Pickens 15-14, to help take a 35-28 lead into the break.

 

The 3rd quarter, would end up being the determining factor in this one. The Lady Bruins, would use a 29-14 quarter run, to build a 64-42 lead going to the 4th. In the 4th, the ‘Nettes, would close out the game on a strong note as they outscored Northwest Whitfield 16-14. The final score in this one, 88-58 Lady Bruins.

 

Leading the way for the ‘Nettes were:

Torie Williams: 18 points, 4 assists, & 3 steals

Mykenzie Weaver: 17 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, & 2 steals

Mackenzie Hampton: 10 points, 4 assists, & 3 rebounds

Shelby Cook: 8 points, 3 assists, & 7 rebounds

Sarah Morris: 3 points, & 1 rebound

Allie Stephens: 2 points, 3 assists, & 1 steal

 

Pickens, will be on the road for the rest of 2017 starting on Thursday when they head to Blairsville to take on the Union County Lady Panthers in non region action. Tip off is scheduled for 7 pm.

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‘Nettes Now 8-0. Host Northwest Whitfield In First Place Battle On Monday

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This past Friday, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team welcomed the Ridgeland Lady Panthers to the Dragons Den in a 6-AAAA match up. The ‘Nettes, came into the ball game at 7-0 after a big road when this past Tuesday against Heritage.

 

In the first quarter, it was a feeling out process for both teams as both got things going. The ‘Nettes, were able to grab the lead heading into the 2nd quarter, 16-10. In the 2nd, Pickens continued to turn their defense into offense. Ridgeland, despite several turnovers during the frame, stayed within striking distance of the ‘Nettes. The ‘Nettes, used a 12-8 quarter run, to take a 30-18 lead into the break.

 

In the 2nd half, the defense for Pickens really picked up. In the 3rd, the ‘Nettes added to their lead using an 11-6 quarter run. Pickens lead the Lady Panthers 41-24 going to the 4th. A 10-5 quarter run by Pickens in the 4th sealed their 8th win in a row as they took this one, 51-29.

 

Leading the way for the ‘Nettes were:

Mykenzie Weaver: 21 points, 4 rebounds, & 4 steals

Torie Williams: 15 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds, & 3 steals

Olivia Simmons: 5 points, 4 rebounds, & 1 steal

Allie Stephens: 5 points, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal

Shelby Cook: 2 points, 5 rebounds, & 1 steal

Ansley Parker: 2 points, & 1 rebound

Sarah Morris: 1 point, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal

Mackenzie Hampton: 3 assists, 6 rebounds, & 2 steals

 

The ‘Nettes, will face their toughest test to date so far during the season when they host the Northwest Whitfield Lady Bruins tomorrow. The Lady Bruins, are 8-1, & 4-0 in 6-AAAA. Tied atop the standings with Pickens. The Lady Bruins, are averaging 63.4 ppg while giving up 33.6 ppg in 9 games so far this season. The ‘Nettes, are averaging 54.6 ppg, while giving up 36.3 ppg. Tip off for this one is scheduled for 6 pm.

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‘Nettes Dominate 2nd Half In Win Over Rival Lady Cats

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This past Friday night, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team traveled up 515 for their 2nd game of three scheduled regular season meetings with their rival, the Gilmer Lady Cats. The last time these two teams met, it was a non-region affair during the Thanksgiving Tip-Off Tournament held in Fannin. The ‘Nettes won that one by one point at the buzzer.

 

In the opening quarter of this one, both teams saw success on the offensive end, but it would be Pickens who came out of the 1st with the lead. The ‘Nettes held a 14-8 advantage going to the 2nd quarter. In the 2nd, the quarter scoring for both teams were fairly even. Pickens outscored the Lady Cats 11-9, to give them a 25-17 lead going into the break.

 

The 2nd half would belong to the young ladies in green. In the 3rd, the ‘Nettes worked tirelessly on both ends of the floor, leading to a 15-4 quarter advantage. Going to the 4th, Pickens held the lead over Gilmer, 40-21. In the 4th, the ‘Nettes closed out the game with a 17-3 run, giving up just 7 points in the 2nd half. Pickens moved to 6-0 overall & 2-0 in region with a 57-24 win over the Lady Cats.

 

Leading the way for the ‘Nettes were:

Torie Williams: 17 points, 5 assists, 2 rebounds, & 1 steal

Mykenzie Weaver: 14 points, & 6 rebounds

Shelby Cook: 7 points, 1 assist, 10 rebounds, & 3 steals

Mackenzie Hampton: 6 points, 2 assists, 9 rebounds, 1 steal, & 1 block

Hattie Baker: 6 points, & 3 rebounds

Sarah Morris: 3 points, 1 assist, & 2 rebounds

Olivia Simmons: 3 points, 1 assist, & 1 rebound

Allie Stephens: 2 points, 2 assists, & 5 rebounds

 

Pickens, will now begin to prepare for a big test as they will host the Lady Bruins of Northwest Whitfield next Friday. Tip-off for this big game is set for 7  pm.

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‘Nettes To Face Rival Lady Cats For 3rd Seed Heading Into State Tournament

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Last night, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team were back in Dalton to take part in the 2017 6-AAAA Region Tournament Semi-finals. Their opponent, the top seeded, & 4-A top ten ranked Lady Bruins of Northwest Whitfield. The winner, not only would advance to the championship game, but would also ensure a home game in the state tournament.

 

In the 1st, It took a bit for both teams to get anything consistent. In a back and forth opening quarter, the Lady Bruins held a 12-7 over the ‘Nettes going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, Pickens stayed within striking distance of top seeded Northwest Whitfield. A 14-8 quarter advantage gave the Lady Bruins a 26-15 lead going to the half.

 

The 3rd quarter, was relatively low scoring as both teams combined for 17 total points. An 11-6 quarter advantage game Northwest Whitfield a 37-21 lead over Pickens going to the 4th and final quarter. In the 4th, the Lady Bruins used a 16-12 quarter run to get the win over the ‘Nettes, 53-33.

 

Leading the way for the ‘Nettes were:

Mackenzie Hampton: 10 points, 1 assist, 9 rebounds, & 1 steal

Autumn Young: 8 points, 3 rebounds, & 2 steals

Shelby Cook: 7 points, 3 rebounds, & 2 steals

MyKenzie Weaver: 3 points, & 2 rebounds

Torie Williams: 2 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, & 1 steal

Ashley Nelson: 2 points, & 8 rebounds

Taylor Wigington: 4 assists, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal

Madison McClure: 2 assists, 1 rebound, & 1 steal

 

Later today, the ‘Nettes will be back in Dalton to take on their bitter rial, the Gilmer Lady Cats, in the 3rd place game of the 6-AAAA Region Tournament. The winner, will be the 3rd seed for region 6 when they take on region 8 in the 1st round of the 4-A State Tournament. Tip off is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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‘Nettes Earn State Berth With Region Tournament Win Over Ridgeland

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Yesterday afternoon, the PHS Dragonettes traveled to Southeast Whitfield to kickoff the 2017 6-AAAA Region Tournament Quarterfinals. The ‘Nettes, came in to the tournament as the #4 seed & took on the #5 seeded Lady Panthers of Ridgeland for the right to punch their ticket to the 4-A State Tournament.

 

Pickens, got off to a fast start in the opening quarter of this one. The ‘Nettes, raced out to a 17-6 lead going to the 2nd quarter. In the 2nd, the Lady Panthers got their offense to pick up. Pickens, outscored Ridgeland in the frame 15-11, to take a 32-17 lead into the break.

 

In the 3rd, the ‘Nettes stretched their lead out on the the Lady Panthers using a 14-9 quarter run. Heading to the 4th and final quarter, Pickens led Ridgeland, 46-26. In the 4th, the ‘Nettes were able to seal things up and earn a state tournament berth with a 62-41 victory.

 

Leading the way for the ‘Nettes were:

Autumn Young: 15 points, 6 assists, 2 rebounds, & 2 steals

Ashley Nelson: 13 points, 2 assists, & 9 rebounds

Taylor Wigington: 9 points, 5 assists, & 6 rebounds

Mackenzie Hampton: 7 points, 10 rebounds, & 1 block

Torie Williams: 5 points, 3 assists, 4 rebounds, & 3 steals

Shelby Cook: 4 points, 5 rebounds, & 1 block

Madison McClure: 3 points, 2 assists, & 2 rebounds

Bailey Payne: 2 points, & 1 rebound

Olivia Simmons: 2 points

Allie Stephens: 2 points

 

The ‘Nettes, will now take today & tomorrow to get ready for their Semi-final match up with the #1 seeded Northwest Whitfield Lady Bruins. A win there for Pickens would send them to the championship game & give them a home game in the 1st round of the state tournament. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Thursday at Southeast Whitfield.

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