Nettes drop road game against Northwest Whitfield

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After upsetting their rival and 6-AAAA num. 1 seed Gilmer Lady Cats 70-66 in overtime on Tuesday, the Pickens Dragonettes (15-8, 8-3) traveled to Tunnel Hill to take on the Northwest Whitfield Bruins (18-6, 10-1) in a game where a potential tie for second place in the region was on the line. In a tough game, it was the Lady Bruins who came away with the 40-28 win.

 

In the first quarter, it was Cassidy Richards who got the scoring started for the Nettes with a pair of free throws. Northwest Whitfield tied it with a bucket to make it 2 a piece. Sarah Morris, who came up big in the game against Gilmer, hit a three to make it 5-3 after the Lady Bruins took the lead with a free throw. After Northwest Whitfield went on a 5-0 run, Mykenzie Weaver hit a three to tie things up at 8 as we headed to the second quarter.

Cassidy Richards hitting her second free throw

In the second quarter, the Lady Bruins came out on a 4-0 run with a pair of free throws and a bucket. Weaver, hit another three to make it 12-11. A big point in the game came in the second quarter when Weaver was called for her third foul. After that occurred, Northwest Whitfield went on a 5-0 run and led the Nettes 17-11 at the half in a low scoring affair.

Nettes playing tough defense on the Lady Bruins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weaver got things going in the third quarter with a bucket to cut the Lady Bruins lead down to 17-13. Northwest Whitfield would then open up the game a little bit with a 12-0 run making it 29-13. The Nettes, outscored the Lady Bruins 6-3 for the rest of the quarter, but trailed going to the fourth, 32-19.

Amanda Nelson with the ball on offense

After a bucket by Weaver cut the Northwest Whitfield lead down to 34-21 in the fourth, the Lady Bruins went on a 6-0 run to make it 40-21. The Nettes closed the game out strong on a 7-0 run, but Northwest Whitfield came away with the win, 40-28.

 

Leading the way for the Nettes were:

Mykenzie Weaver: 14 points

Cassidy Richards: 7 points

Sarah Morris: 3 points

Amanda Nelson: 2 points

Chloe Walker: 2 points

 

6-AAAA Girls Standings:

Gilmer: 15-6 (10-1)

Northwest Whitfield: 18-6 (10-1)

Pickens: 15-8 (8-3)

Lafayette: 13-9 (5-6)

Heritage: 7-17 (3-9)

Southeast Whitfield: 6-17 (2-9)

Ridgeland: 5-18 (1-10)

 

The Nettes, will be back in action on Saturday afternoon as they will take on the Adairsville Lady Tigers in non-region action. This game is a makeup game after weather forced it to be postponed. Tip off is set for 4 pm.

Pickens Dragonettes defeat Lady Cats in overtime

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On Tuesday, the Pickens Dragonettes (15-7, 8-2) hosted the Gilmer Lady Cats (14-6, (9-1) in a rivalry battle with big region implications. The Lady Cats, hadn’t lost in region play up until this point and the Nettes, were simply looking to keep pace with Northwest Whitfield. It was one of those classics last night as Pickens defeated Gilmer in overtime by a score of 70-66.

 

In the first quarter, Mykenzie Weaver got things going for the Nettes with an opening bucket. The Lady Cats, came back with a three by Hope Colwell, and a bucket by Elly Callihan to make it 5-2 early on. Weaver, went on a quick 5-0 run herself to make it 7-5 Pickens. Both teams played the opening quarter very close as no lead grew higher than three. Going to the second, Gilmer led, 17-16.

Weaver driving into the lane

To start the second quarter, the Lady Cats went on a 6-0 run to stretch their lead to 24-16. Carmyn Mullins, would make two layups back to back, to cut the Gilmer lead down to 24-20. Later on, Weaver connected on a three pointer to cut it to 27-26, then Marlee McClure stepped up and drained a three pointer as well to give the Nettes a 29-28 lead. Jalynn Ledford, would make two late free throws to give the Lady Cats a 30-29 lead going into the break.

Gilmer looking to inbound the ball underneath their goal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To start the third quarter, both Elly Callihan and Weaver traded buckets with Elly Callihan getting the slight upperhand, 6-4. Colwell added a free throw and the Lady Cats led 37-34. That lead disappeared quickly as Reagan Harwood hit a three to tie things up at 37. Emma Callihan came right back with a three of her own to make it 40-37 Gilmer. Sarah Morris then came down on the other end and knocked down a three as well as it was raining threes inside the Dragons Den. Just before the end of the quarter, Weaver put up a three pointer and it found it’s mark, giving the Nettes a 50-48 lead going to the fourth.

Coach Thomas going over strategy with the Nettes

Elly Callihan made two free throws to start the fourth, to tie things up at 50. Morris, came down and hit another big three to give Pickens a 53-50 lead. Elly Callihan then hit four consecutive free throws to give the Lady Cats the lead, 54-53. Morris connected on a two pointer and the Nettes were back in front, 55-54. Gilmer, went on a 4-0 run to take a 58-55 lead. Harwood, split a double team, and found a wide open lane to the basket and made the layup to make it 58-57. After a Weaver basket cut the Lady Cats lead to one, the Nettes got a big stop on defense. Weaver, drove into the lane for a potential game winner and was fouled on the attempt. She would hit one of two free throws to tie it at 61. Gilmer had one final chance to win it in regulation as a desperation heave nearly went in. To overtime we went, tied at 61.

 

In the overtime period, Beth Burnette got things going for the Lady Cats with a three to make it 64-61. Morris, hit another three to tie it up at 64 a piece. Weaver then connected on a layup and a pair of free throws to give the Nettes a 68-64 lead. Gilmer hit a two pointer to make it 68-66. With little time remaining, Amanda Nelson stepped to the line, and calmly knocked down a pair of free throws to make it 70-66. The Lady Cats wanted a foul called after a three point attempt, but it was not called and time ran out as the Nettes handed Gilmer their first region loss of the season, 70-66.

 

Leading the way for the Nettes were:

Mykenzie Weaver: 38 points

Sarah Morris: 16 points

Reagan Harwood: 7 points

 

Leading the way for the Lady Cats were:

Elly Callihan: 20 points

Bailey Teague: 15 points

Jalynn Ledford: 10 points

 

On Friday, the Nettes will travel to Tunnel Hill to take on the Northwest Whitfield Lady Bruins in another key region meeting with the region tournament looming. Pickens, still has an outside shot at the #2 seed in the region tournament. They will need to defeat both Northwest and Southeast Whitfield and hope that the Lady Cats can defeat the Lady Bruins again. Tip off for the Nettes and Northwest Whitfield is set for 7 pm.

Nettes sweep Lafayette on senior night

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On Friday, the Pickens Dragonettes (14-7, 7-2) welcomed the Lafayette Lady Ramblers (12-8, 4-5) for a 6-AAAA contest. It was Senior Night in Jasper last night and the Nettes picked up another big win 59-56. Also, there was a little history made in the process.

 

The first quarter started out pretty evenly as we had a tie game, 6-6. From there, Pickens went on a 12-0 run to take an 18-6 lead before Lafayette hit a bucket. The Nettes, closed on a 5-0 run highlighted by a play by senior Mykenzie Weaver where she stole the ball in the corner, then turned around and shot a three pointer and sent the home crowd in a frenzy when it connected. Going to the second, Pickens led the Lady Ramblers 23-8.

Nettes setting up offense in the 1st

In the second quarter, Lafayette went on a run of their own and cut the Nettes lead down to 25-18 at one point. The Lady Ramblers would hit a layup just before the half ended to make it 28-21 Pickens as we went to the break.

Nettes looking to stop a drive through the lane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the third quarter, again, Lafayette made a run. The Lady Ramblers had the Nettes lead down to just 32-29 at one time. During the third, we saw history made. Weaver, scored a bucket and that would be her 2,000th career point scored in a Dragonettes jersey. Time was called and she received a standing ovation from the home crowd and hugs from her teammates and coaches. After the mini celebration, Pickens had to refocus as they maintained their close lead on Lafayette. Going to the fourth, the Nettes held a 44-39 lead.

Mykenzie Weaver drawing a foul

Early in the fourth quarter, Lafayette hit one of two free throws to cut the Pickens lead to 44-40. Cassidy Richards stepped up and hit a big three for the Nettes to make it 47-40. With the score 47-46 Pickens, senior Sarah Morris got an open look and nailed a three to make it 50-46. After the Lady Ramblers made a free throw, Morris again launched a three point attempt that found it’s mark. Lafayette, would not go away as they again cut the Nettes lead down to 57-54. Another Nettes senior, Chloe Walker, calmly stepped to the line and hit two free throws to make it 59-54. Lafayette made a layup at the buzzer as Pickens came away with this one, 59-56.

 

Leading the way for the Nettes were:

Mykenzie Weaver: 31 points

Sarah Morris: 13 points

Reagan Harwood: 5 points

Cassidy Richards: 4 points

Carmyn Mullins: 2 points

Amanda Nelson: 2 points

Chloe Walker: 2 points

 

6-AAAA Girls Standings:

Gilmer: 14-5 (9-0)\

Northwest Whitfield: 16-5 (9-1)

Pickens: 14-7 (7-2)

Lafayette: 12-8 (4-5)

Southeast Whitfield: 5-15 (2-7)

Ridgeland: 2-16 (1-9)

Heritage: 4-17 (1-9)

 

Pickens, will again be home on Tuesday as they welcome the Gilmer Lady Cats to the Dragons Den. The Lady Cats, as you see above, lead 6-AAAA and the Nettes are two games back in third. This will surely be another exciting installment in the Pickens/Gilmer rivalry. Tip off is set for 6 pm.

‘Nettes tame lady mustangs for second tournament win

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The PHS Dragonettes (9-6, 3-1) welcomed the Kennesaw Mountain Lady Mustangs (6-8, 0-2) for the second day of the Pickens Holiday Tournament. The Nettes, were coming off of a win over Murray County, while the Lady Mustangs came back late against Lassiter to get a win of their own.

 

In the opening quarter, Kennesaw Mountain got the scoring started with an opening bucket. Pickens, came back with an 8-0 run highlighted by three pointers by Amanda Nelson and Sarah Morris. The Nettes, outscored the Lady Mustangs 5-3 for the rest of the quarter to take a 13-5 lead going to the second.

Amanda Nelson attempting a three pointer

In the second quarter, Pickens started it off with a 8-0 run with free throws by Mykenzie Weaver and Marlee McClure and three’s by Morris and Weaver. Kennesaw Mountain, outscored the Nettes 13-7 the rest of the quarter, but it was Pickens taking a 28-18 lead into the break.

Kennesaw Mountain setting up a play

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To begin the third quarter, Reagan Harwood opened the scoring with a three pointer. Kennesaw Mountain would connect on a free throw, then the Nettes countered with a 5-0 run with a three pointer by Cassidy Richards and a bucket by Weaver. The lead got up to as high as 19 for Pickens in the third as they went into the fourth quarter up 43-27.

Mykenzie Weaver on a fast break

The fourth quarter, saw some younger Nettes players get their name in score book as Jazmine Chastain hit a three pointer, and McKayla Kirchoff hit a pair of free throws. Pickens held on and picked up the win, 57-36. Defensively, the Nettes held Kennesaw Mountain to single digit scoring in three of the four quarters while scoring 13, 15, 15, and 14 each quarter respectively.

 

Leading the Nettes were:

Mykenzie Weaver: 15 points

Sarah Morris: 9 points

Reagan Harwood: 8 points

Amanda Nelson: 6 points

Cassidy Richards: 6 points

 

On Monday, the Nettes will compete in the third and final day of the Pickens Holiday Tournament as they host the Lassiter Lady Trojans. Tip off is set for 4 pm.

‘Nettes get day one win in holiday tournament

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The Pickens Dragonettes (8-6, 3-1), finally got back to there home court this afternoon after a 3rd place finish in the Gordon Lee Holiday Tournament last week. The Pickens Holiday Tournament tipped off this afternoon and the host team welcomed the Murray County Lady Indians (5-9, 2-4), for day one action.

 

In the first quarter, the Nettes got off to a quick start early with two buckets from senior Mykenzie Weaver. The Lady Indians clawed back after a back and forth beginning to the frame to take a one point lead. Towards the end of the first, right before the buzzer as a matter of fact, Allie Presley knocked down a three to give the Nettes a 23-16 lead over the Lady Indians.

Mykenzie Weaver on a fast break

In the second quarter, after a pair of free throws from Kerra Lowe of Murray County, Pickens went on an 8-0 run highlighted by two more three pointers by Presley to make it 31-18. The Lady Indians, did outscore the Nettes 16-15 to close the half, but Pickens took a 46-34 lead into the break.

Nettes on defense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third quarter, started off slow for both teams as neither squad could find points. The first point came from a free throw from Marlee McClure. The Nettes closed the quarter on a big run to extend their lead over Murray County to 63-44 after three.

Chloe Walker looking to inbound the ball

In the 4th quarter, the Nettes got in some younger girls to get some varsity experience. Pickens, held onto their lead and picked up a much needed win, 76-57.

 

Leading the way for the Nettes were:

Mykenzie Weaver: 29 points

Sarah Morris: 12 points

Allie Presley: 11 points

Cassidy Richards: 7 points

Reagan Harwood: 4 points

Amanda Nelson: 4 points

 

Tomorrow, Day two of the Pickens Holiday Tournament will take place. The Nettes, will take on the Kennesaw Mountain Lady Mustangs. Tip off, is set for 4 pm.

‘Nettes fall in region meeting with Gilmer

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The Pickens girls basketball team (6-4, 3-1 Region 6-4A), came into the game against the Gilmer Lady ‘Cats looking to shake off a tough loss to Gordon Central last Saturday and to keep their region record spotless. Of the three region games the ‘Nettes have played, two have been on the road. Both teams came in with identical 3-0 region records.

Early on in the first quarter, both teams got some quick buckets. Mykenzie Weaver got the first five points for the ‘Nettes to give them an early 5-2 lead. From there the Lady ‘Cats made a big run. Gilmer went on a 15-0 run to give them a 17-5 lead. To their credit, Pickens battled back and outscored the Lady ‘Cats 9-7. Gilmer led 24-14 going to the second.

In the second quarter, the ‘Nettes battled back, cutting the Lady Cat lead down to four late in the first half. A 5-0 run by Gilmer to close the half made it 46-37 Lady ‘Cats going into the break.

In the third quarter the Lady ‘Cats were able to add to their lead by outscoring the ‘Nettes 25-15. The run was led by Elly Callihan, Jalynn Ledford, and Emma Callihan. Going to the fourth, Gilmer led Pickens, 71-52.

In the fourth, the Lady ‘Cats were able to keep their offensive output going on the way to a  94-67 win. Gilmer outscored Pickens 48-30 in the second half on the way to the win.

Leading the way for the ‘Nettes were:

Mykenzie Weaver: 36 points

Allie Presley: 10 points

Amanda Nelson: 5 points

Sarah Morris: 4 points

Chloe Walker: 4 points

 

6-AAAA Girls Standings:

NW Whitfield: 4-0

Gilmer: 4-0

Pickens: 3-1

Lafayette: 2-2

SE Whitfield: 1-3

Ridgeland: 1-4

Heritage: 0-5

 

Next up for the ‘Nettes is the Gordon Lee Holiday Tournament. This three-day event starts Thursday, Dec. 17. Pickens, will head to Chattooga to take on the Lady Indians on Thursday at Chattooga. Tip off for that one is set for 7 p.m. They will again play at Chattooga on Friday, with an opponent yet to be determined. To wrap the tournament up, they will play at Gordon Lee on Saturday. The opponent there is yet to be determined as well.

‘Nettes comeback attempt falls just short against Gordon Central

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After a tough, hard fought win last night at Lafayette, the PHS Dragonettes turned right around and hosted the Gordon Central Lady Warriors. The last time these two teams faced each other, it went into overtime with the Nettes coming away victorious 92-90.

 

To start the 1st quarter, the away team got off to a very fast start. The Lady Warriors kicked off the game on a 13-0 run. The Nettes, shook off their cold start to the game and got right back into it with a 10-0 run themselves. The run was powered by Kealy Hillhouse and Chloe Walker. Going to the 2nd quarter, Gordon Central took a 17-12 lead.

Nettes running on a fast break

In the 2nd quarter, the Lady Warriors went on an 11-2 run to begin the frame. Sarah Morris and Allie Presley helped the Nettes go on a 5-0 run, but Gordon Central maintained a 30-19 going to the break.

Dragonettes defending against the Lady Warriors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 3rd quarter, saw the Nettes offense finally come alive. Pickens, used a 23-17 quarter run to cut the Gordon Central lead down to five, 47-42. The Nettes got buckets from Marlee McClure, Amanda Nelson, Mykenzie Weaver, Walker, and Reagan Harwood in the frame.

Amanda Nelson going in for a layup

In the 4th and final quarter, the Nettes, got within three of the lady Warriors in the closing seconds. Pickens, had one last chance with 1.2 seconds left. The potential game tying three fell short and Gordon Central came away with a 55-52 win.

 

Leading the way for the Nettes were:

Amanda Nelson: 10 points

Kealy Hillhouse: 8 points

Sarah Morris: 7 points

Marlee McClure: 6 points

Allie Presley: 6 points

Chloe Walker: 5 points

Mykenzie Weaver: 5 points

 

Pickens, will be back on the road on Tuesday night as they head to Ellijay to take on the Lady Cats of Gilmer. The game, originally scheduled for 6 pm, has now been moved back to 7 pm due to the addition of a JV boys game.

‘Nettes move to 2-0 in region after road win

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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.

Nettes’ come away with region win in home opener

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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.

Nettes Battle Top 3 Team In 4A In First Round Of State Tournament

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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.

 

Stats:

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

 

Big Second Half Sends Nettes’ Into State Tourney, Region Semi-finals

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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.

 

Stats:

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.

Nettes’ Close Out Regular Season With Big Win On Senior Night

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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.

 

Stats:

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.

Weaver & Williams Power Nettes’ Past LaFayette, Showdown With Gilmer On Tuesday

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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.

 

Stats:

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.

#TeamFYNSports Sports Writer Players Of The Week: Amanda Nelson & Hunter Hermann

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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.

Nettes’, Complete Season Sweep Of Ridgeland In A Big Way

PHS Basketball, Team FYN Sports

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.

 

Stats:

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.

Nettes’ Hand Heritage Their First Region Loss With Overtime Win

PHS Basketball, Team FYN Sports

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.

 

Stats:

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.

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