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.
Last night, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team traveled to Bogart, Ga to take on the North Oconee Lady Titans in the 1st round of the 2017 4-A State Tournament. Coming into the ball game, the ‘Nettes were the #3 seed out of region 6 while the Lady Titans were the #2 seed out of region 8. North Oconee, came in ranked in the top ten of the 4-A poll.
In the 1st, it took a while for the two teams to get things going offensively. As things ended in the opening quarter, North Oconee would take a 17-6 lead into the 2nd. In the 2nd, it was a close quarter points wise. The Lady Titans outscored the ‘Nettes 10-6 to take a 27-12 lead into the break.
The 3rd quarter would not kind to Pickens as nothing was falling for them. North Oconee used a 21-9 quarter run to take a 48-21 lead going to the 4th and final quarter. In the 4th, the ‘Nettes had their best offensive output of the game, outscoring the Lady Titans 16-14. It would not be enough as North Oconee would get the win, 62-37.
Leading the way for the ‘Nettes were:
Autumn Young: 7 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, & 3 steals
Madison McClure: 6 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, & 1 steal
Ashley Nelson: 6 points, 2 assists, 7 rebounds, & 1 steal
Torie Williams: 5 points, 1 assist, & 2 rebounds
Mackenzie Hampton: 4 points, 8 rebounds, & 1 steal
Shelby Cook: 4 points
Olivia Simmons: 3 points
Taylor Wigington: 2 points, 1 assist, 7 rebounds, & 1 steal
Allie Stephens: 2 assists, 2 rebounds, & 1 steal
While the ‘Nettes will be losing 6 seniors, they will be returning a lot of young & experienced players as well. They again will be upper class heavy. Look for another competitive year from the ‘Nettes next season.
Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team traveled down to Atlanta to take on the #1 seed out of 6-AAAA, the Grady Grey Knights in the first round of the Boys 4A state tournament. This was the first appearance for the Dragons since 2012, and only the 2nd appearance since 2001, when they advanced to the elite 8.
In the opening quarter, Grady got out quickly with an 8-0 run. Pickens got things going themselves and had a 12-6 run to cut the Grey Knights lead to 14-12. Grady made a mini 5-0 run to end the quarter and take a 19-12 lead into the 2nd. In the 2nd, the Grey Knights had things working on both sides of the ball. Grady blew the lead open going into the break, 49-17.
In the 3rd, both teams were able to get their share of scoring. Both teams put in 19 points a piece as we went to the 4th, Grady leading, 68-36. In a shortened 4th quarter, both teams emptied out their bench, as the Dragons seniors walked off the court for the final time. The Grey Knights closed this one out to advance, 78-44.
Leading the way for the Dragons were:
Holden Roop: 13 points, 5 assists, 1 rebound, & 2 steals
Trent Rizoti: 13 points, & 4 rebounds
Tyler Garner: 6 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal & 1 block
Avery Luke: 6 points, 1 assist, & 1 rebound
Sam Davis: 2 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, & 1 block
Walker Lawrence: 2 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, & 1 steal
Chase Simmons: 2 points, & 1 steal
This team did a great job of competing and getting closer to where they want to be. Reaching the region semis after winning two game in one day, and reaching the state tournament despite the record. Losing six seniors like Holden, Trent, Tyler, Sam, Walker, & DJ will be tough. There is a good group of young talent in the system though. Things look to be turning around for this Pickens Dragons basketball program.