The Pickens County Dragonettes hosted the Cedartown Lady Bulldogs on “Senior Night,” the last home game of the season. The game also doubled as “Breast Cancer Awareness Night” with 10% of all concession stand proceeds going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The Dragonettes showed a ludicrously low amount of southern hospitality to the visitors, as they demolished the “Dawgs” 60-21.The home team never trailed. The Lady Bulldogs were treated to a Mike Vick-style beating from start to finish. The Dragonettes used a full court press defense throughout the first half to suffocate the visitors and force more turnovers than a neighborhood bakery. Pickens had eight first quarter steals. The “Nettes” led 17-3 after the first quarter.
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Pickens continued to apply pressure throughout the half, holding the Lady Bulldogs to seven total first half points. The Dragonettes used a combination of the fierce full court press and a plethora of five women substitutions to obliterate the offensive rhythm of the Lady Bulldogs. Pickens led 31-7 at the half, despite some careless turnovers in the last two minutes of the half.
Although Cedartown drew first blood in the second half, they were outscored 29-14 in the half. Senior Jazmine Goss, playing her last game in front of the home fans, lead the team with four steals. Seven different girls had at least one steal. Goss’ younger sister, DJ, finished with a game high 13 points.
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The home crowd was raucous throughout the game; however, fandemonium erupted when senior Lauren Hardin, the daughter of a breast cancer survivor, was thrust into the game with 1:44 left in the contest. The diminutive guard failed to record a point, but brought the crowd to full frenzy when she picked up a steal.
The crowd boisterously booed when the Lady Bulldogs ferociously defended Hardin on the last Pickens possession. The plan backfired as Erin Dean received the inbound pass and sank a three at the buzzer, her only points of the game.