Jasper, Ga — For the first time in a decade the Pickens Dragonettes hosted the Fannin County Lady Rebels at PHS on Tuesday, November 28th. Coming into the game, the Nettes, were 4-0 and ranked 4th in the 3A top ten. The Lady Rebels, had not played a game up until this point as they were looking to get their ’23-’24 season tipped off. The Nettes, jumped out to an early lead in this one and used it to propel themselves to a 56-29 win.
The first quarter started out slow for both teams as there were more fouls than points early on. Reese Lewis, split a pair of free throws to give the Lady Rebels a 1-0 lead. The Nettes, would then get things rolling and go on a 17-0 run highlighted by UVA-Wise signee Caroline Mullins becoming the 21st Nettes player to surpass the 1,000 career point mark. Pickens, finished the first quarter on a 20-2 run as the Nettes led it, 20-3 going to the second.
Maggie Ledford, got things going for the Lady Rebels to start the second quarter as she hit a bucket to make it 20-5. The Nettes, would go on a 12-0 run to make it 32-5. The Lady Rebels, would go on a 6-0 run as Callie Ensley hit two free throws, and Izzie Jabaley and Lewis made baskets to make it 32-11. Ellison Steinhauer got the final bucket of the first half as the Nettes held a 34-11 lead at the half.
Mullins, got things rolling for the Nettes to start the second half as her basket made it 36-11. Young Harris signee Courtney Davis, picked up her first points of the game with a tough bucket and Ledford followed with a basket of her own to make it 36-15. The Nettes, would then go on a 9-0 run as Steinhauer made two three pointers, and Mullins connected on one as well to make it 45-15. Davis, ended the run with her first three of the contest. The Nettes, closed out the third with an 8-0 run to make it 53-18 going to the fourth.
In a shortened fourth quarter, the Lady Rebels got 5 points from Davis, and buckets from Macy Hawkins, Ledford, and Jabaley. The Nettes, got a three pointer from Ashaela Buchanan. Final score from Jasper, Pickens 56 Fannin 29.
Scoring for the Nettes:
Caroline Mullins: 17 points
Ellison Steinhauer: 17 points
Bella Hopkins: 15 points
Ashaela Buchanan: 3 points
Brylee Deering: 2 points
Caleigh Hoffard: 2 points
The Nettes, will be off for the rest of the week as they get ready to begin region play next week as they make the short trip up to Ellijay to take on the Gilmer Lady Cats on Tuesday, December 5th. Tip off is set for 6 pm.
Jasper, Ga — It was state tournament time once again in Jasper as the Pickens Dragonettes welcomed the Riverdale Lady Raiders to the Dragons Den for the first round of the GHSA 4A Girls State Basketball Tournament. After a tough loss to Northwest Whitfield in the region championship, the Nettes came into the game as the #2 seed. The Riverdale Lady Raiders, came into the game as the #3 seed out of region 5. Using a big time team effort, the Nettes came away with an 83-44 win.
In the first quarter, the Nettes got off to a quick start as Madison Powell opened the scoring with a three pointer. Caroline Mullins then made a bucket and a free throw to make it 6-0 Pickens early. After a three by the Lady Raiders, the Nettes went on an 8-0 run as Caroline Mullins hit a pair of free throws, Emma Gleason made a layup, Caroline Mullins, Emmie Moore, and Amanda Nelson hit free throws to make it 14-3. Riverdale ended the run with a bucket and a free throw to make it 14-6. Then it was time for the Mullins sisters to takeover. After a three by older sister Carmyn, younger sister Caroline made a layup. Carmyn then followed it up with 4 consecutive free throws to make it 23-6 Nettes going to the second.
The Lady Raiders got things going in the second quarter with a bucket to make it 23-8. Moore answered for Pickens with a three pointer making it 26-8. After a bucket by Riverdale, the Nettes went on an 8-0 run as Nelson split a pair of free throws, Carmyn Mullins made a layup and followed that up with a three pointer, then Gleason made a layup to make it 34-10. The two teams then traded buckets to end the first half as Pickens held a 40-15 advantage at the break.
The third quarter began with a steal by the Nettes and a nice finish at the basket by Bella Hopkins to make it 42-15. After a three by the Lady Raiders, Nelson and Caroline Mullins responded with back to back three pointers to make it 48-18. The two teams then traded buckets for a couple minutes as the Nettes led it 54-28. Pickens then went on a 5-0 run getting a layup by Emery Bryant, a free throw make by Carmyn Mullins, and a bucket by Caroline Mullins to make it 59-28. The two teams traded and-1 opportunities as we’d head to the fourth with Pickens leading Riverdale, 62-31.
Moore opened the shortened fourth quarter with a three pointer to make it 65-31. After a free throw make by the Lady Raiders, Gleason made a layup to make it 67-32. Riverdale then went on a 4-0 run to make it 67-36. Jazmine Chastain made a layup after a nice offensive rebound and Bryant hit a pair of free throws to stretch the lead out to 71-36. The Lady Raiders came back down and made a layup to make it 71-38. The Nettes came back down the floor and Emery Steinhauer made a wide open three to make it 74-38. Riverdale responded with back to back three pointers to make it 74-44. Pickens ended the game on a 9-0 run as Bryant scored 4 points, Ashaela Buchanan scored 3 points, and Adrienne Plumley scored two points during the run. Your final score from Jasper, Nettes 83 Riverdale 44.
Scoring For The Nettes:
Caroline Mullins: 19 points
Carmyn Mullins: 16 points
Emery Bryant: 10 points
Emmie Moore: 7 points
Amanda Nelson: 7 points
Emma Gleason: 6 points
Madison Powell: 6 points
Ashaela Buchanan: 3 points
Emery Steinhauer: 3 points
Bella Hopkins: 2 points
Adrienne Plumley: 2 points
With the win, the Nettes advance to the Sweet 16. They will have a quick turnaround as they will head down to Albany to take on the Dougherty Lady Trojans on Friday, February 25th. Dougherty, is the #1 seed out of region 1. They had a bye to the Sweet 16 as region 3 did not have a #4 seed for them to match up against in the first round. The Lady Trojans are 17-7 on the season. Their last game was on February 15th in the region 1 championship game against Bainbridge. Tip off for the Nettes and Lady Trojans is set for 6 pm.
Jasper, Ga — After what seemed like an eternity, the Nettes were finally back in Jasper inside the Dragons Den for a basketball game as they welcomed the Ridgeland Lady Panthers for a 7-AAAA tilt. This was the Nettes first true home game since December 10th as they had been on the road facing non-region opponents and winning the Carpet Capital Christmas Classic that was held at Christian Heritage High School. Coming into the game, the Nettes had won their last 9 games in a row to push their record to 11-2 overall and 3-0 in 7-AAAA heading into the new year. The Lady Panthers, came in struggling a bit but as we know, anything can happen on any given day. The Nettes, used a fantastic combination of defense turing into offense to come away with a 64-16 win.
The Nettes, went on a 7-0 run to start the game as Madison Powell knocked down a three, Emmie Moore than made a free throw, then Brylee Deering hit a three. After the Lady Panthers answered with a 4-0 run, Pickens went on a 9-0 run to make it 16-4. The Nettes got two free throws from Carmyn Mullins, buckets from Deering and Bella Hopkins, as well as a three from Amanda Nelson during the run. Again after a bucket from Ridgeland, the Nettes closed the quarter out with a bucket from Emma Gleason and a free throw from Powell to make it 19-6 going to the second quarter.
In the second quarter, the Nettes continued their run from the end of the first quarter as Ashaela Buchanan hit a three and Caroline Mullins made a bucket to make it 24-6. After a bucket by the Lady Panthers, Pickens would go on a major run. The Nettes went on a 17-0 run to make it 41-8. Ridgeland, closed out the first half on a 5-0 run to make it 41-13 Nettes at the break.
The third quarter got going with an 8-0 run from the Nettes as Caroline Mullins, Deering, and Moore helped make it 49-13. After a bucket by the Lady Panthers, Pickens went on an 11-0 run to close out the third and make it 60-15 going to the fourth.
Not much scoring happened in the fourth as the Nettes got a free throw from Moore and a three pointer from Buchanan. The Lady Panthers were able to hit a free throw as the Nettes came away with their 10th straight win, 64-16.
Leading Scorers For The Nettes:
Ashaela Buchanan: 12 points
Brylee Deering: 12 points
Bella Hopkins: 8 points
Caroline Mullins: 8 points
Amanda Nelson: 7 points
Madison Powell: 7 points
Emmie Moore: 4 points
Carmyn Mullins: 4 points
7-AAAA Region Standings:
Pickens: 12-2 (4-0)
Northwest Whitfield: 8-5 (4-0)
Heritage: 8-5 (2-1)
Central-Carroll: 5-8 (1-2)
Cedartown: 2-7 (1-3)
Ridgeland: 1-10 (0-3)
Southeast Whitfield: 0-13 (0-3)
The Nettes, will be back at it at home once again as they welcome the Northwest Whitfield Lady Bruins to town. As you can tell from the standings above, this will be for sole possession of first place in the region. These two have gone back and forth the last several years and it appears no different this season. Tip off is set for 7 pm.