‘Nettes Fall To Jefferson In Sweet 16

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Last night, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team made the nearly two hour trip to Jefferson County to take on the Jefferson Lady Dragons in the Sweet 16 of the 4-A Girls State Basketball Tournament. Pickens, was riding a wave of momentum after hosting a state playoff game for the first time since 2000 last week, & looked to continue that momentum on the road against Jefferson.

 

In the opening quarter, both teams went back and forth early on with the ‘Nettes taking an early lead on the home team. Midway through the frame, the height advantage Jefferson had on Pickens began to become a little bit of a factor as the Lady Dragons used it to help cause a couple of turnovers to take a 17-9 lead going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, the ‘Nettes were finding good looks on offense, but the shots just would not fall for the team in green as Jefferson extended it’s lead. Using a 20-7 quarter advantage, the Lady Dragons took a 37-16 lead over Pickens into the half.

 

The 3rd quarter, saw the offense from the ‘Nettes start to get things going as they started to see the shots go in & were getting to the free throw line. Jefferson, barely outscored Pickens in that third quarter, 15-13, and held a lead of 52-29, going to the 4th. Pickens, ended the game on a strong note, outscoring the Lady Dragons 11-10 in the final quarter of play. Jefferson took this one, 62-4o.

 

Leading the way for the ‘Nettes were:

Mykenzie Weaver: 13 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, & 3 steals

Torie Williams: 11 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, & 2 steals

Olivia Simmons: 6 points, 1 assist, & 1 steal

Mackenzie Hampton: 4 points, 2 assists, 7 rebounds, 3 steals, & 1 block

Shelby Cook: 4 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal

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

 

Looking ahead for Pickens, they will be losing three key seniors in Shelby Cook, Mackenzie Hampton, & Allie Stephens, but will be bringing back a lot of experience next season. Six of the ‘Nettes seven losses on the season were to eventual state playoff teams. 22 wins is the most a ‘Nettes team has finished with in a single season in quite some time. The arrow is pointing upward when it comes to Dragonettes basketball.

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‘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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‘Nettes Get OT Win Over 6-A River Ridge To Close Regular Season, Start Region Tournament Monday

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Last night, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team hosted the Lady Knights of River Ridge out of the 6-A classification for the finale of the 2017-18 regular season. Pickens, came into this game with an overall record of 18-5, while the Lady Knights rolled in with a 17-7 record. It looked like it would be a good one, and that was the case.

 

The 1st quarter, was a back and forth frame as both squads traded buckets. Pickens, got the best of the opening quarter taking a 15-12 lead over River Ridge, heading to the 2nd. In the 2nd, it remained close as the ‘Nettes stretched out it’s narrow lead on the Lady Knights ever so slightly. Using an 11-8 quarter run, Pickens took a 26-20 lead into the half.

 

The 3rd quarter again saw Pickens add to it’s lead. A 15-11 quarter advantage for the home team gave the ‘Nettes a 41-31 lead over River Ridge heading to the 4th. In the 4th, the Lady Knights went on a massive run. They outscored Pickens, 22-12 in the final quarter of regulation, with the final two coming in the final seconds to tie the game at 53, sending this game to overtime. In the overtime period, the ‘Nettes made the most of their scoring chances, having to comeback from a small deficit, to come away with a 65-61 win.

 

Leading the way for the ‘Nettes were:

Mykenzie Weaver: 18 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, & 1 steal

Allie Stephens: 13 points, 5 assists, & 3 rebounds

Torie Williams: 10 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds, & 1 steal

Shelby Cook: 10 points, 1 assist, & 5 rebounds

Mackenzie Hampton: 7 points, 11 rebounds, 1 steal, & 1 block

Hattie Baker: 4 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, & 1 steal

Olivia Simmons: 3 points, & 1 rebound

 

Pickens, wraps up the regular season with a record of 19-5. They will be the #2 seed in the 6-AAAA Region Tournament being held at Southeast Whitfield. The ‘Nettes, will play the #7 seed, Southeast Whitfield Lady Raiders in the first round on Monday at 7:30 pm. Winner will advance to the 4-A State Tournament.

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‘Nettes Finish Region Schedule At 9-3, Host 6-A River Ridge in Final Regular Season Test

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Last night, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team traveled to Dalton to take on the Southeast Whitfield Lady Raiders in their final 6-AAAA region ball game before the region tournament next week. Pickens, looked to regain momentum after a tough overtime loss to non-region opponent, Chestatee, this past Saturday.

 

In the 1st, the ‘Nettes got off to a quick start on both sides of the ball. Using defense to lead to offense, Pickens held a 16-3 lead over the Lady Raiders going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, it would be more of the same from the ‘Nettes as they would add to their lead. Using a 20-7 quarter run, Pickens took a 36-10 lead over Southeast Whitfield going to the break.

 

The 2nd unit & younger girls for Pickens got some very valuable playing time in the 2nd half of this one & they faired very well. A 14-6 quarter run for the ‘Nettes, extended their lead going to the 4th to 50-16. After closing things out in the 4th, Pickens took this one, 58-28.

 

Leading the way for the ‘Nettes were:

Mackenzie Hampton: 12 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, & 1 block

Mykenzie Weaver: 10 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, & 1 block

Torie Williams: 9 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, & 2 steals

Shelby Cook: 8 points, & 5 rebounds

Olivia Simmons: 8 points, & 2 rebounds

Sarah Morris: 3 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, & 1 block

Kealy Hillhouse: 3 points, & 1 assist

Cassidy Richards: 3 points

Hattie Baker: 2 points, 4 rebounds, & 2 steals

 

The ‘Nettes, finish the region portion of their schedule at 9-3. They will be the #2 seed heading into the 6-AAAA Region Tournament at Southeast Whitfield next week. There is one more game prior to that however as Pickens will host the 17-6 River Ridge Lady Knights out of the 6-A classification on Friday. Tip off scheduled for 6 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 Bounce Back With Non-Region Win Over Sonoraville

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Earlier today, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team traveled to Calhoun to take on the Sonoraville Lady Phoenix. Pickens, came into the game sporting a small, two game losing streak & looked to right the ship before getting back to region play. The last time these two teams met, the ‘Nettes bested the Lady Phoenix by 12 in Jasper.

 

In the 1st quarter, it was the home team that would get off to the fast start. The Lady Phoenix, held a 17-12 lead over Pickens going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, the ‘Nettes offense woke up. Using a 16-9 quarter advantage, Pickens took the lead from Sonoraville going to the half, 28-26.

 

Pickens, kept up the stellar play from the 2nd quarter during the 3rd quarter as they stretched out their lead. Using a 19-9 run, the ‘Nettes held a 47-35 lead going to the 4th. In the 4th, despite getting outscored 16-13 in the frame, Pickens held on to come away with the win, 60-51.

 

Leading the way for Pickens were:

Mykenzie Weaver: 20 points, 2 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, & 1 block

Mackenzie Hampton: 17 points, 3 assists, 13 rebounds, & 2 steals

Torie Williams: 10 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, & 1 steal

Allie Stephens: 7 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, & 1 steal

Olivia Simmons: 4 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, & 2 steals

Shelby Cook: 2 points, 3 assists, & 2 rebounds

 

Pickens, is now 15-4 overall & sitting in 3rd in 6-AAAA at 6-3. The ‘Nettes, will be back home on Tuesday night, hosting the 2nd place team in 6-AAAA, the Heritage Lady Generals. Pickens, already holds a victory over the Lady Generals, & this game will go a long way to determine seeding in the upcoming region tournament with just 3 region games left for the ‘Nettes. Tip off is scheduled for 6 pm.

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‘Nettes Get Non-Region Win Over Sonoraville

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Yesterday, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team welcomed the Sonoraville Lady Phoenix out of 6-AAA to the Dragons den for a little non-region tussle. Coming into the ball game, the ‘Nettes, were winners of 4 straight, & looked to go 2-0 for the weekend.

 

Much like Friday night against Southeast Whitfield, the ‘Nettes got off to a fast start in the opening quarter. Pickens, raced out to an early 17-4 lead over the Lady Phoenix going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, the ‘Nettes, added to their lead, using a 19-11 quarter run. Pickens, held a 36-15 lead going to the break.

 

In the 3rd, the Sonoraville offense got going. The Lady Phoenix outscored Pickens 14-8 in the 3rd, but the ‘Nettes still held the lead going to the 4th, 44-29. The 4th quarter, was a very competitive 8 minutes as both teams finished strong. Sonoraville, outscored the ‘Nettes 17-14 in the 4th, but Pickens held on to get their 5th straight win, 58-46.

 

Leading the way for the ‘Nettes were:

Mykenzie Weaver: 18 points, 1 assist, & 2 rebounds

Torie Williams: 10 points, 7 assists, & 3 rebounds

Mackenzie Hampton: 9 points, 1 assist, 9 rebounds, & 1 block

Olivia Simmons: 6 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds, & 1 steal

Shelby Cook: 5 points, 2 assists, & 9 rebounds

Allie Stephens: 4 points, 7 assists, 1 rebound, 1 steal, & 1 block

Ansley Parker: 3 points, & 1 rebound

Hattie Baker: 2 points, & 1 rebound

Sarah Morris: 1 point, & 2 rebounds

 

Pickens, will take to the road this coming Tuesday as they head to LaFayette for region action. The ‘Nettes, will look for the season sweep over the Lady Ramblers, & stay in the 2nd spot in 6-AAAA play. Tip off scheduled for 6 pm.

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‘Nettes Ring In New Year With Big Region Win

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Last night, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team, welcomed the Southeast Whitfield Lady Raiders to the Dragons Den to begin the 2018 portion of the schedule. Pickens, was coming off an impressive end to 2017 as they won the Mountain Top Holiday Classic last week.

 

In the opening quarter, the ‘Nettes jumped out to a quick lead as they were hot from beyond the arc to start. Pickens would use a combination of solid offense, & tough defense to grab a 23-8 lead going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, more of the same from the opening frame continued as the ‘Nettes would extend their lead over the Lady Raiders. Using an 18-10 quarter run, Pickens went into the locker room up 41-18 at the break.

 

In the 3rd, the momentum built in the 1st half by Pickens, carried over into the 2nd half as the offense would continue to find consistent good looks at the basket, & the defense stayed tough throughout. A 22-12 quarter run in the 3rd gave the ‘Nettes a 63-30 lead over Southeast Whitfield, going to the 4th. In the 4th, Pickens, got some younger girls in to gain experience on the varsity level, & to close out the ball game. The ‘Nettes, would take this one by a final of 69-36.

 

Leading the way for the ‘Nettes were:

Torie Williams: 20 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, & 1 block

Mykenzie Weaver: 14 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal

Shelby Cook: 7 points, 1 assist, 7 rebounds, & 1 steal

Allie Stephens: 6 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, & 1 block

Mackenzie Hampton: 6 points, 2 assists, & 1 rebound

Olivia Simmons: 5 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, & 1 steal

Sarah Morris: 4 points, 3 rebounds, & 1 block

Chloe Walker: 3 points, 2 assists, & 1 rebound

 

Pickens, will be back in action later this afternoon as they will host the 10-3, Sonoraville Lady Phoenix in a non region game. Tip off is scheduled for 3 pm.

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