Dragons Season Ends At 6-AAAA Region Tournament

PHS Basketball, Sports

Last night, it was the Dragons varsity basketball team’s turn to head to Dalton to start their region tournament, also being held at Southeast Whitfield. Pickens, came into the tournament as the #7 seed, & they would be taking on the #2 seed, Northwest Whitfield Bruins in the opening round.

 

The beginning of the 1st quarter saw the Dragons get out to a quick start. Midway through the frame both teams were going back and forth with each other, trading buckets. Northwest Whitfield took the lead heading to the 2nd, 22-15. In the 2nd, the Bruins stretched their lead a bit, but Pickens still found itself within striking distance. Using a 19-13 quarter advantage, Northwest Whitfield took a 41-28 lead into the break.

 

The 3rd quarter, was not kind to Pickens. Nothing would fall for the Dragons as the Bruins stretched their lead out more. A 20-6 quarter run by Northwest Whitfield, gave them a 61-34 lead over Pickens going to the 4th. The Bruins came away with this one, 83-49.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Seth Bishop: 18 points, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal (named to All-Region Team)

Chase Simmons: 10 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, & 1 block

Joseph Gossett: 8 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds

Zach Goss: 5 points, 1 assist, 6 rebounds, & 2 steals

Keinyuan Hooks: 4 points, 7 assists, & 1 steal

Austin Adams: 2 points, & 2 rebounds

Hayes Pickett: 1 point, & 2 rebounds

Tucker Lowe: 1 point

 

The Dragons, will be graduating 6 seniors from this season’s team. To Hunter Fowler, Joseph Gossett, Keinyuan Hooks, Avonta Johnson, Evan Jones, & Chase Simmons, TeamFYNSports thanks you for all you’ve done during your time at PHS, & good luck to you in the future!

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Dragons 4th Quarter Comeback Falls Just Short At Southeast Whitfield, Host River Ridge Friday

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The PHS Dragons varsity basketball team played a big game last night in Dalton as they took on the Raiders of Southeast Whitfield. With a win, and a little help, Pickens would end the night in a three-way tie for 5th in the region.

 

In the 1st, the Raiders got off to a quick 4-0 start, but the remainder of the frame was tightly contested. Heading to the 2nd, Southeast Whitfield held a 16-10 lead over the Dragons. The 2nd quarter, would be a tough one for Pickens as nothing would seem to fall. The Raiders, outscored the Dragons 18-9 in the 2nd to take 34-19 lead into the half.

 

In the 3rd, Pickens started the comeback ever so slightly. The Dragons, outscored Southeast Whitfield 18-17, to cut the Raider lead to 51-37, going to the 4th. Pickens, started the 4th out hot. Cutting the Southeast Whitfield lead down in half and even further. Despite outscoring the Raiders 23-18 in the 4th, & 41-35 in the 2nd half, Southeast Whitfield was able to hold on and get the win, 69-60.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Seth Bishop: 25 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, & 1 block

Chase Simmons: 13 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, & 1 block

Hunter Fowler: 6 points, 1 rebound, & 1 steal

Tucker Lowe: 6 points, 1 assist, & 1 rebound

Zach Goss: 4 points, 6 assists, 9 rebounds, 1 steal, & 3 blocks

Joseph Gossett: 4 points, 1 assist, & 7 rebounds

Keinyuan Hooks: 2 points, 9 assists, 2 rebounds, & 3 steals

 

Pickens, will have one final game before the 6-AAAA Region Tournament next week as they will welcome the River Ridge Knights out of the 6-A classification to the Dragons Den on Friday. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.

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Dragons Get Big Road Win Against Ridgeland, Welcome Chestatee For Senior Day

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The Dragons, took to the road last night as they made the long trek to take on the Ridgeland Panthers in a crucial 6-AAAA meeting. Pickens, came into the game looking to gather some momentum heading into the final week of the regular season, & hoped to start that, by splitting with Ridgeland.

 

Both teams came out firing in the opening quarter as the offense was flowing on both ends. The Dragons, used the fast start to grab a 20-17 lead over the Panthers going to the 2nd. The offensive success for both squads carried over into the 2nd quarter, & it looked like after the first half of play that we’d be in for a shootout. Ridgeland, used an 18-17 quarter advantage to trim the Pickens lead to 37-35, going to the break.

 

The 3rd quarter, was again, fast paced, intense back and forth action as both teams looked fairly matched up with each other. The Panthers, with the help of a 19-15 quarter advantage, seized the lead over the Dragons going to the 4th, 54-52. In the 4th, Pickens, would show no quit, as they used a 22-13 quarter run, and some nicely timed defensive stops to get the big road win over the Panthers, 74-67.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Joseph Gossett: 18 points, 2 assists, & 2 rebounds

Seth Bishop: 16 points, 3 assists, 8 rebounds, & 1 block

Keinyuan Hooks: 14 points, 12 assists, & 4 rebounds

Zach Goss: 14 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds, & 1 block

Chase Simmons: 8 points, 1 assist, & 3 rebounds

Tucker Lowe: 3 points, 1 assist, & 1 steal

Hunter Hermann: 1 point, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, & 2 blocks

 

The Dragons, will look to continue last night’s good play as they will host the Chestatee War Eagles this afternoon for Senior Day. Tip off is scheduled for 4:30 pm.

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Dragons Fall To The Generals, Head To Ridgeland On Friday

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The PHS Dragons varsity basketball team hosted the Heritage Generals inside the Dragons Den last night for a 6-AAAA region ball game, with the regular season coming to a close in a hurry, both teams were looking for momentum to carry them through the final stretch towards the region tournament.

 

The opening quarter, saw highly contested action as both teams found success offensively. The Generals, came away with the lead going to the 2nd, 19-14. The 2nd quarter, was an 8 point ball game, until Heritage went on a run to close the first half. Using a 21-5 quarter advantage, the Generals held a 40-19 lead over the Dragons going to the half.

 

The 3rd, saw a very competitive frame between both teams. Heritage, outscored Pickens 21-18 in the quarter to maintain their lead a 61-37, going to the 4th. The Dragons, outscored the Generals in the 4th 16-12, getting some good play out of some younger players. Pickens, outscored Heritage in the 2nd half, 34-33. It would not be enough as the Generals took this one, 73-53.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Zach Goss: 14 points, 2 rebounds, & 1 block

Seth Bishop: 9 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, & 1 steal

Tucker Lowe: 6 points, 1 assist, & 1 steal

Joseph Gossett: 6 points, 1 assist, & 1 rebound

Hunter Hermann: 5 points, 2 assists, 1 steal, & 1 block

Chase Simmons: 3 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, & 2 steals

Owen Moss: 3 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound, & 1 steal

Avonta Johnson: 3 points, & 1 steal

 

Pickens, will be on the road on Friday as they head to Ridgeland to take on the Panthers in the 2nd to last region game of the regular season. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.

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Dragons Fight To The End Against Sonoraville

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It was mid-afternoon basketball earlier today as the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team headed to Calhoun to take on the Phoenix of Sonoraville in a non-region contest. Sonoraville, took the first meeting between these two earlier in the season in Jasper, & the Dragons were looking to earn a season split.

 

The first quarter, was a hard fought, even frame. The Phoenix, came away from a close opening quarter with the slim lead, 13-12. The 2nd quarter, saw much of the same back and forth action as the 1st quarter provided. Both teams scored 18 points a piece, & it would be the Phoenix still on top of the Dragons going to the break, 31-30.

 

In the 3rd, Pickens began to chip away at the Sonoraville lead. Using a 16-14 quarter advantage, the Dragons cut the Phoenix lead down to single digits as they trailed 55-46, going to the final quarter. Sonoraville, would use an 18-9 quarter run in the 4th to seal the win, 73-55.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Seth Bishop: 16 points, & 9 rebounds

Zach Goss: 11 points, 5 assists, 6 rebounds, 1 steal, & 2 blocks

Keinyuan Hooks: 11 points, 8 assists, & 3 rebounds

Joseph Gossett: 7 points, 1 assist, & 2 rebounds

Chase Simmons: 4 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds, & 2 blocks

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

Tucker Lowe: 3 points

 

The Dragons, will now refocus, & prepare for a region match up with the Heritage Generals inside the Dragons Den on Tuesday night. Tip off scheduled for 7:30 pm.

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Dragons, Fall To LaFayette, Host Bobcats Friday

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The PHS Dragons varsity basketball team made their way up to LaFayette last night to take on the LaFayette Ramblers in a 6-AAAA region game. LaFayette, came in with a record of 14-1 on the season, & one of the top teams in the region. Pickens, was looking to earn a split with the Ramblers during the season match ups.

 

In the opening quarter, both teams would find it difficult to find points as the defense for both teams played very well. LaFayette held the lead going to the 2nd, 13-8. In the 2nd, LaFayette, stretched it’s lead out slightly using a 15-9 quarter run, but Pickens still found itself very much in striking distance. The Ramblers, took a 28-17 lead into to break.

 

The 3rd quarter, was back and forth with both teams seeing the ball go in the hoop. Lafayette, outscored the Dragons 15-12, in a highly contested quarter, to take a lead of 43-29 into the 4th. In the 4th, the Ramblers used a 16-11 quarter run to seal the win, 59-40.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Seth Bishop: 12 points, 2 assists, 10 rebounds, & 1 steal

Zach Goss: 10 points, 1 assist, & 3 rebounds

Keinyuan Hooks: 5 points, 5 assists, 2 rebounds, & 3 steals

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

Chase Simmons: 4 points, 1 assist, 6 rebounds, & 1 steal

Tucker Lowe: 3 points

Hunter Hermann: 2 points, 7 rebounds, & 2 blocks

 

Pickens, will return home to the Dragons Den to welcome their neighbors from up north, the Gilmer Bobcats on Friday Night. Tip off is scheduled for 8:30 pm.

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Tale Of Two Halves For The Dragons & Sonoraville

PHS Basketball, Sports

We had mid-afternoon basketball yesterday as the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team hosted the Sonoraville Phoenix out of 6-AAA for a non-region match up. These two teams split the season series last season, with both teams winning away from each other’s home floor.

 

In the 1st quarter, both teams found offense quickly. Sonoraville, held the lead after a fast paced opening frame, 19-18. The 2nd quarter, mirrored the 1st as the offense for both teams stayed hot. Both teams scored 16 points each in the 2nd, & the Phoenix took a 35-34 lead over the Dragons going to the break.

 

The 2nd, half would be the difference of this ball game. In the 3rd, Sonoraville, outscored Pickens 21-11, & the Dragons found themselves down 56-45, going to the 4th, but as we’ve seen lately, they certainly were not out of it. The 4th quarter, was a back and forth frame, as most of the ball game turned out to be. The Phoenix, outscored the Dragons 25-16 in the final quarter to get the win, 81-61.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Seth Bishop: 20 points, 1 assist, 9 rebounds, & 1 steal

Zach Goss: 15 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, & 1 block

Joseph Gossett: 10 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, & 1 block

Keinyuan Hooks: 6 points, 10 assists, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal

Chase Simmons: 5 points, 2 assists, & 1 rebound

Tucker Lowe: 3 points

 

The Dragons, will shift their focus now to region play as they will be on the road on Tuesday taking on the LaFayette Ramblers, looking for a season split. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30 pm.

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Despite Furious 2nd Half Comeback, Dragons Fall To Southeast Whitfield

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It was Friday Night basketball last night as the Dragons began their 2018 portion of the schedule by hosting the Southeast Whitfield Raiders in a region match up. Coming into the game, both teams were in a similar situation as far as region standings go, & a win would be a big step for either team.

 

In the 1st, it was the Raiders jumping out to a quick lead. Pickens was able to corral it a bit before the end of the frame, but Southeast Whitfield held a 16-9 lead going to the 2nd. The 2nd quarter, was back and forth with both teams as the offense was working both ways. Using a 20-16 quarter run, the Raiders held a 36-25 lead going to the break.

 

In the 3rd, it looked like Southeast Whitfield was poised to break things open, going up by as much as 17 in the quarter. The Dragons however, had a lot of fight left in them as they cut that 17-point deficit to 8 after outscoring the Raiders 17-14 in the frame. Southeast Whitfield held a 50-42 lead going to the 4th. In the 4th, Pickens would continue to trim the Raider lead, getting as close as only being down 2. Despite the comeback, & outscoring the Raiders in the 2nd half 27-22, Southeast Whitfield was able to hit free throws late, to seal the win, 58-52.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Zach Goss: 18 points, 2 rebounds, 3 steals, & 2 blocks

Seth Bishop: 16 points, & 2 rebounds

Keinyuan Hooks: 7 points, 9 assists, 3 rebounds, & 2 steals

Joseph Gossett: 6 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound, & 1 steal

Chase Simmons: 3 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal

Tucker Lowe: 2 points, & 1 assist

 

Pickens, will have to put that tough loss last night aside as they will be right back on the court this afternoon as they host the 13-2 Sonoraville Phoenix in non region action. Tip off scheduled for 4:30 pm.

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