The Pickens Dragonettes and Dragons finished off the third and final day of the Pickens Holiday Classic with mixed results against Robbinsville High School from Graham County, North Carolina, as the Nettes outlasted the Lady Knights in a highly contested game and the Dragons played three quality quarters against the Knights before being outscored by ten in the final period of play.
The Dragonettes played the first of the two games for Pickens on Saturday evening against a Lady Knights team that was prepared to match their success step-by-step. The first quarter saw plenty of scoring for both sides, and when the period had ended Pickens had a 18-14 lead.
Both teams kept up their success on offense in the second quarter of play, and after each posted seventeen points in the eight minutes of play, the Nettes went into the locker room with a 31-25 advantage.
Now with a chance to pad their lead over the Lady Knights, the Dragonettes did just that in the third quarter, outscoring Robbinsville 14-11 to make it a 49-42 lead going into the fourth.
The Lady Knights did all they could to close the gap on the Dragonettes, but the home team would have no part of letting that happen. The Dragonettes would go on to win the game by the final score of 66-58.
Danielle Goss led the way in scoring for the Dragonettes with twenty points in the game. Goss also had three rebounds and three assists in the contest.
Sarah Smith scoring was also a constant in this game, and Smith finished the game with nineteen points and a team-high three steals. Smith and Haley Kalson led the Dragonettes in rebounding with five rebounds each.
Makayla Angel has shown as the season has progressed that the knee injury that sidelined her to start the season is no longer an issue and Saturday night was no different, as Angel finished with eight points and a team-high five assists.
Next up on the evening’s schedule was the matchup between the Dragons and the Knights. Pickens played great in the first quarter thanks in large part to Jacob Stephens, who had all of the Dragons’ points until 2:37 left in a period in which the team scored thirteen points and led the game by five.
The Knights closed the gap on the Dragons in the second quarter and took the lead with under a minute left in the first half, but a pass from Shannon Brooks to David Culbreth allowed Culbreth to shoot a layup and tie the game 24-24 with just five seconds left. The score remained 24-24 at the half.
Pickens continued to stay with Robbinsville in the third quarter, scoring fourteen points to go into the fourth down 39-38.
Now with the chance to take away a win on the final night of their school’s tournament, the Dragons’ scoring almost completely dried up in the final quarter, as the Knights started the fourth with a 7-0 run that turned into a 24-10 quarter and a 63-48 win for Robbinsville.
Jacob Stephens made plays whenever he had the chance in this game, scoring sixteen points in the loss. Stephens also had two assists and one steal in the game.
Next in scoring was David Culbreth, who had nine points in the game. Culbreth also had one rebound.
Three Pickens players—Stephens, Shannon Brooks, and Clay Wigington—tied for four rebounds in the game. Shannon Brooks and Dylan Curry led the team with three assists each.
With the Pickens Holiday Classic now in the books, the Dragons and Dragonettes have a small break before their next game. The two teams are back in action on Friday, January 4, when they take on the Cass Colonels and Lady Colonels at home.
The matchup between the Dragonettes and the Lady Colonels is scheduled to tipoff at 7:00 with the boys’ game following its conclusion.