The Pickens Dragonettes took to the road on Friday to take on the Lady Panthers of Ridgeland in their 2nd region game of the season. After a big 67-58 win at home on Tuesday against Heritage, the Nettes looked to keep things rolling against the Lady Panthers.
In the first quarter, it was the home standing Lady Panthers getting off to a quick 6-0 start. Cassidy Richards for the Nettes, got them on the board with a three pointer & a two pointer to cut it to 6-5, then Mykenzie Weaver would give Pickens it’s first lead of the game at 7-6 with a bucket. Ridgeland, had a 13-10 lead late in the opening frame, but Weaver closed the quarter with 10 of the last 11 points ( Marlee McClure with a free throw) & gave the Nettes a 21-13 lead going to the 2nd.
In the 2nd quarter, the Pickens fast paced attack started to take over as they would hold a 36-17 lead over Ridgeland at one point in the frame. The Lady Panthers, would cut into the lead a little bit towards the end of the half as the Nettes were out in front at the break, 40-25.
In the beginning stages of the 3rd quarter, Weaver went on a person 9-3 run against Ridgeland. Pickens, would go on to score 18 more points in the frame as they outscored the Lady Panthers 27-16 in the 3rd to stretch their lead over Ridgeland to 67-41, going to the 4th.
The Nettes, were able to close this thing out behind great play by Sarah Morris, who had 8 4th quarter points, & great hustle & defensive plays by Amanda Nelson & Chloe Walker. Pickens, outscored Ridgeland 22-7 in the 4th, & 49-23 overall in the 2nd half to take this one, 89-48.
Leading the way for the Nettes were:
Mykenzie Weaver: 36 points
Sarah Morris: 15 points
Cassidy Richards: 8 points
Amanda Nelson: 7 points
Marlee McClure: 5 points
With the win the Nettes improve to 4-2 overall & 2-0 in 6-AAAA play. Tuesday, they’ll be back home as they host the Gordon Lee Lady Trojans in non-region action. The Lady Trojans, are out of region 6 in the Single-A classification. Tip off for this one is set for 5 pm.
After 4 games either on the road or on a neutral floor, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team was finally at home as they welcomed the Heritage Lady Generals in to begin region play. Pickens, came into the game 2-2, & looked to get region play started on the right foot with a big win over Heritage.
In the opening quarter, after starting off quickly, the Nettes, using their run & gun style of play, grabbed a 23-15 lead over the Lady Generals.
In the 2nd quarter, the offense for both teams picked up as 39 points were scored between the two squads. The Nettes, barely outscored Heritage in the frame 20-19, as Pickens took a 43-34 lead over the Lady Generals into the half.
In the 3rd quarter, both teams would find it difficult to sustain any sort of flow on offense. The Nettes, outscored Heritage, 9-4, to take a 52-38 lead into the 4th & final quarter.
In the 4th, the Lady Generals would make an attempt at a comeback outscoring Pickens 20-15 in the frame, but the Nettes were able to hold off Heritage & get the win, 67-58.
Leading the way for the Nettes were:
Sarah Morris: 17 points
Mykenzie Weaver: 14 points
Amanda Nelson: 7 points
Kealy Hillhouse: 7 points
Allie Presley: 5 points
Reagan Harwood: 5 points
The Nettes, are now 3-2 overall, & 1-0 in region play. Pickens, will be back on the road this Friday as they take on the Ridgeland Lady Panthers in another 6-AAAA match up. Tip off scheduled for 6 pm.
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.