On Friday afternoon, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team traveled down to Flowery Branch to take on the Lady Falcons in the first round of the GHSA Girls 4A State Tournament. Pickens, came into the game as the #4 seed from region 6 & Flowery Branch came in as the region champions of region 7, & the #3 ranked girls team in 4A.
In the opening quarter, the Nettes got off to a quick start, but the Lady Falcons were able to take the lead going to the 2nd, 24-7. In the 2nd quarter, the offense for Pickens really picked up and they were able to do some good things against a tough Lady Falcon defense. Flowery Branch barely outscored the Nettes 18-17, to take a 42-24 lead into the break.
The 3rd quarter saw the Nettes get things going on both ends of the floor, as they outscored the Lady Falcons 14-12, but Flowery Branch still held the lead, 54-38. In the 4th, the Nettes made a little run to begin the quarter, but the Lady Falcons were able to pull away at the end, 70-43.
Torie Williams: 19 points, 5 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal
Mykenzie Weaver: 12 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, 2 steals
Hattie Baker: 8 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds
Amanda Nelson: 3 points, 6 rebounds
Sarah Morris: 2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Olivia Simmons: 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block
Earlier today the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team made their way up to Dalton for the first round of the 2019 6-AAAA Region Tournament being held at Southeast Whitfield. Coming into the game, the Nettes, were the #4 seed & their opponent, the LaFayette Lady Ramblers, were the #5 seed. The winner, would not only punch their ticket to the 4A State Tournament, but advance to the semi-finals against the defending region champions Northwest Whitfield.
The Lady Ramblers came out and took control of the game early. This one looked like it had the makings of a tight one as the two teams headed to the 2nd quarter tied at 17. The 2nd quarter saw it stay very competitive. The Nettes, outscored LaFayette 15-9, with Sarah Morris hitting a three right before the buzzer to give Pickens a 32-26 lead at the half.
In the 3rd quarter, the Nettes, started to get a handle on things. Using great defense in the frame, Pickens outscored the Lady Ramblers 15-10 to increase their lead to 47-36, going to the 4th. Powered by a tremendous effort of defense in the 2nd half, the Nettes got the win over LaFayette, 58-44.
Mykenzie Weaver: 23 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block
Torie Williams: 16 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds
Sarah Morris: 12 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 block
Amanda Nelson: 5 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds
Reagan Harwood: 2 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
As mentioned above, with the win, the Nettes now advance to the 4A State Tournament, & move on to the semi-finals where they will take on the #4 seed Northwest Whitfield Lady Bruins. Tip off is scheduled for 7 pm on Thursday.
Last night, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team hosted the Southeast Whitfield Lady Raiders for the regular season finale & Senior night. This game, was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but winter weather forced it to be moved to last night. Prior to the game beginning, Senior Torie Williams was recognized for scoring her 1,000th career point last Friday at Northwest Whitfield. Williams, became the 21st Nettes player with 1,000 career points, & the 2nd this season to join the club (Junior Mykenzie Weaver hit the feat prior to Christmas).
In the first quarter, it was neck & neck with both teams. The home team held a 11-8 lead over the Lady Raiders going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, Pickens extended their lead turning great defense into offense as they outscored Southeast Whitfield 25-9 in the frame. Williams, also broke her own record for most three’s in a season with the two she made in the quarter, Going into the half, the Nettes led, 36-17.
In the 3rd, the Nettes’ carried over the defense they displayed in the 2nd quarter as it led to some great transition opportunities for Pickens. The Nettes’, outscored the Lady Raiders 18-5 in the 3rd to take a 54-22 lead into the 4th. The Nettes’, closed things out in the 4th taking this one, 67-31.
Torie Williams: 17 points, 7 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 steals
Sarah Morris: 11 points, 3 rebounds
Amanda Nelson: 10 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds, 1 steal
Mykenzie Weaver: 8 points, 1 steal
Olivia Simmons: 6 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Kealy Hillhouse: 4 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Cassidy Richards: 4 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block
Chloe Walker: 3 points, 1 assist, 2 steals
Ansley Parker: 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 1 block
Reagan Harwood: 2 points
Hattie Baker: 2 rebounds, 1 steal
Pickens, will now turn it’s attention to the 6-AAAA region tournament next week being held at Southeast Whitfield. The Nettes’, are the number 4 seed and will take on the number 5 seeded Lafayette Lady Ramblers in the first round on Monday. A win there puts you in the state tournament. Tip off is scheduled for 4:30.
This past Friday night, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team hosted the Lady Ramblers of LaFayette in another key 6-AAAA meeting. Coming into the game, the Nettes’, firmly held onto the 4th spot in the region standings, with LaFayette behind them in 5th. Pickens, defeated a much improved LaFayette team earlier in the season, & came in looking for the sweep.
We saw a back & forth 1st quarter to start this ball game. In their last game, LaFayette gave the top team, Northwest Whitfield, all they could handle & this game had the makings of a tight one. Pickens, held a 12-10 lead going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, the Lady Ramblers made a run to take the lead from the Nettes’. Using a 16-12 quarter advantage, LaFayette grabbed a 26-24 lead into the break.
At the half, the 2018-19 PHS Athletics Hall of Fame inductees were recognized. The inductees included: former coach Harold Culbreth, baseball player Matthew Dunn, the Lawson Family, & former basketball/football/golf player & current Dragons assistant football & boys basketball coach Stephen Hunter.
In the 3rd, the offense for the Nettes’ came to life and reclaimed the lead from the Lady Ramblers. Using a 26-15 3rd quarter run, Pickens took a 50-41 lead over LaFayette going to the 4th & final quarter. In a close 4th quarter which saw the Nettes’ just outscore the Lady Ramblers 16-15, Pickens held on for a very important win, 66-56.
Mykenzie Weaver: 32 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals
Torie Williams: 26 points, 7 assists, 2 rebounds, & 4 steals
Kealy Hillhouse: 4 points, 1 assist
Hattie Baker: 2 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, & 2 blocks
Ansley Parker: 2 points, 1 rebound
Olivia Simmons: 3 assists, 4 rebounds
Amanda Nelson: 1 assist, 5 rebounds
Reagan Harwood: 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Sarah Morris: 3 rebounds
Chloe Walker: 1 steal
The Nettes’, will have a busy week next week as they will have 3 games, all on the road. First up, the third & final regular season meeting with the Lady Cats of Gilmer. Gilmer, is currently in 2nd in the region standings at 7-2, just one game in front of Pickens who sit at 6-3. Tip off is set for 6 pm.
This week’s #TeamFYNSports Sports Writer Basketball Players of the Week are freshman Amanda Nelson, & senior Hunter Hermann. Both had good games this week. Amanda against Heritage & Ridgeland, & Hunter against Heritage, Ridgeloand, & Forsyth Central. The Nettes’, went 2-0 this week while the Dragons went 2-1.
For Amanda Nelson, not only did she make an impact during this week’s games, she’s done it all season. Starting as a freshman, she routinely guards one of, if not the opposing teams best players & holds her own very well. Offensively, she does the dirty work. Grabbing rebounds & hustling for loose balls. Against Heritage, Nelson scored 3 points, had 5 assists, & grabbed 2 rebounds while defending a senior on the Lady Generals team that is one of their top two options. Against Ridgeland, she had 2 assists & 3 rebouns, while once again playing very well defensively.
Hunter Hermann, recently returned to the basketball court after sustaining an injury late during football season. Since his return, He’s done very well contributing to the Dragons. Against the Generals of Heritage, Hermann finished with 13 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, & 2 blocks. Against Ridgeland, He put up 12 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, & 3 steals. Yesterday against Forsyth Central, Hermann ended up with 3 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, & a steal.
The Nettes’ & Dragons only have one game next week as they will welcome the Lady Ramblers & Ramblers of LaFayette to the Dragons Den for big time region match ups. The Nettes’, will get it started at 7 pm, & the Dragons will follow at 8:30.
Last night, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team made the long trip up to Rossville to take on the Ridgeland Lady Panthers in 6-AAAA action. Pickens, came into the game coming off of a big upset over the Heritage Lady Generals, handing them their first region loss in the process, & were looking to keep momentum going with another region win.
The 1st quarter, started out slow for the road team until the 2nd unit came into the game. That 2nd unit, propelled the Nettes’ into the lead as we headed to the 2nd, Pickens up, 18-11. The Nettes’, extended their lead in the 2nd quarter with defense. The defense of the Nettes’ helped them to a 25-6 quarter run, to take a 43-17 lead going into the half.
In the 3rd, Pickens continued to lead as they used a 15-8 quarter run to extend their lead to 58-25 going to the fourth. In the 4th, the Nettes’, closed out the game with a 23-6 run to grab the win, 81-33.
Mykenzie Weaver: 29 points, 8 rebounds, 10 steals
Torie Williams: 12 points, 5 assists, 1 rebound, 3 steals
Chloe Walker: 9 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound, 4 steals
Cassidy Richards: 8 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals
Sarah Morris: 7 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, 2 steals
Kealy Hillhouse: 5 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, 1 steal
Reagan Harwood: 3 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound
Olivia Simmons: 2 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block
Ansley Parker: 2 points, 6 rebounds
Hattie Baker: 2 points, 2 rebounds
Amanda Nelson: 2 assists, 3 rebounds
Pickens, will have the majority of next week off as they get ready for a home game next Friday as they host the LaFayette Lady Ramblers. Tip off is set for 7 pm.
Last night, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team, hosted the Heritage Lady Generals in a crucial 6-AAAA region match up. Heritage, came into the game atop the region standings at 6-0, while the Nettes’, came in at 3-3. Good for 4th. The Lady Generals, took the first game of the series earlier in the season, with Pickens looking for the split.
It was clear early on that these two teams were evenly matched. After the first quarter, Pickens held a slim 12-11 lead over the Lady Generals. In the 2nd, both teams traded buckets, with Heritage outscoring the Nettes’ 12-9, to take a 23-21 lead into the break.
This game remained tight as we entered the 2nd half. The 3rd quarter, saw Pickens outscore the Lady Generals 12-9, to tie things up going to the 4th, at 32 a piece. In the 4th, it came down to the final seconds as senior Torie Williams hit game tying free throws, & Heritage missed a potential game winning three, to send us into overtime, tied at 42. In the overtime period, the Nettes’ outscored the Lady Generals, 8-4, to get a big win, 50-46.
Torie Williams: 24 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 3 steals
Mykenzie Weaver: 12 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, 2 steals
Hattie Baker: 4 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block
Amanda Nelson: 3 points, 5 assists, 2 rebounds
Sarah Morris: 3 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds
Reagan Harwood: 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal
Olivia Simmons: 1 point, 3 assists, 6 rebounds, 1 block
Chloe Walker: 1 point, 1 steal, 1 block
Pickens, will look to keep rolling on Friday as they will take to the road to face the Ridgeland Lady Panthers in another big region game. Tip off is set for 6 pm.
On Saturday afternoon, the PHS varsity Dragonettes traveled to Forsyth County to take on the Lady Bulldogs of Forsyth Central in non-region action. These two teams met in Jasper to begin the 22018-19 season, with Forsyth Central coming away with the win. Pickens, was coming off of a tough loss to Dawson on Thursday, & looked to even this season series before getting back into region play next week.
This game, started out tight, & it had the looks of a close game early on. Both teams, scored 9 points in the frame, & we’d go to the 2nd, all tied up. Both teams remained close as it was a back & forth first half of play. The Lady Bulldogs, outscored Pickens 13-12 in the 2nd, to take a 22-21 lead into the half.
In the 3rd, the Nettes’, built up a little lead on Forsyth Central. Using a 14-10 quarter run, Pickens took a 35-32 lead, going to the 4th. In the 4th, the Lady Bulldogs were able to tie things up in the final minute. The Nettes’, were able to get a 5 second call on Forsyth Central, & Mykenzie Weaver was able to draw a foul with 1.8 seconds left. Weaver calmly stepped to the line, & drained both free throws to give Pickens the 46-44 win.
Mykenzie Weaver: 30 points, 8 rebounds, 1 steal
Torie Williams: 14 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, 3 steals
Hattie Baker: 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal
Reagan Harwood: 1 assist, 4 rebounds, 1 steal
Amanda Nelson: 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 1 block
Olivia Simmons: 2 assists, 1 rebound, 1 block
Sarah Morris: 4 rebounds
Pickens, will be back home on Tuesday as they will welcome the Heritage Lady Generals to the Dragons Den in a key region match up. Heritage, comes into the game 13-2 overall & in 1st place at 6-0 in 6-AAAA. The Nettes’, are 10-8 overall, & 4th in 6-AAAA at 3-3. Tip off scheduled for 6 pm.