Jasper, Ga — On a foggy, somewhat rainy Friday evening, the Pickens Dragonettes welcomed the Lady Lions of Central-Carroll to the Dragons Den for a 7-AAAA region tilt. Coming into this 0ne, the Nettes were 4-2 overall and 1-0 in region play while the Lady Lions were 2-4 overall and 0-1 in region play. Prior to the game starting, PHS recognized legendary Nettes basketball coach Roy Cowart as they dedicated the name of the court at PHS in his honor. Coach Cowart spoke to the crowd thanking everyone and showing his support to this year’s team.
Now on to the game. In the first quarter, the Nettes jumped out to an early lead thanks to a strong defensive effort. Going to the second quarter, Pickens held a 17-8 lead over Central-Carroll.
In the second quarter, both teams had their troubles finding consistent scoring as only 15 points were scored between the two schools. The Nettes, outscored the Lady Lions 10-5 in the quarter to take a 27-13 lead into the break.
In the third quarter, Central-Carroll looked to get back into the game. The Lady Lions, outscored Pickens 15-10 in the third to cut the Nettes lead down to 37-28 going to the fourth.
In the fourth quarter, the Nettes responded with a 15-8 run in the frame to close things out and pick up the win, 52-36 over a game Central-Carroll team.
Leading scorers for Pickens:
Caroline Mullins: 24 points
Amanda Nelson: 10 points
Emma Gleason: 4 points
Bella Hopkins: 3 points
Madison Powell: 3 points
7-AAAA Region Standings:
Pickens: 5-2 (2-0)
Heritage: 4-3 (2-0)
Northwest Whitfield: 4-3 (2-0)
Ridgeland: 1-4 (0-1)
Southeast Whitfield: 0-5 (0-1)
Central-Carroll: 2-5 (0-2)
Cedartown: 1-2 (0-2)
On Tuesday, the Nettes will be back on the road as they head to Heritage to take on the Lady Generals in what will surely be the biggest test for either team early on in 7-AAAA play. Tip off set for 6 pm.
Jasper, Ga — The Pickens Dragonettes, came into their game against the Lady Lions of Central Carrollton on January 12th in need of some butter because they have been on a roll winning 9 straight ball games. The Nettes defeated Central-Carroll back on December 4th by a score of 72-45 and were looking for the regular season sweep. After a very physical game that saw a technical called, an intentional foul called, Pickens came away with their 10th win in a row, 50-16.
The scoring started a few minutes into the ball game with the Lady Lions getting on the board first with a bucket Izzy Ripatti. From there, the Nettes went on a 13-0 run getting three pointers from Madison Powell & Cassidy Richards. Pickens also got buckets from Carmyn Mullins and Reagan Harwood during the run. Going to the second quarter, the Nettes held a 13-2 lead over the Lady Lions.
Central-Carroll made a free throw to begin the scoring for both teams but much like the first quarter, the second quarter saw Pickens go on a long run. The Nettes, went on an 8-0 run sparked by buckets from Harwood, Powell, a three pointer by Kealy Hillhouse, and a free throw from Marlee McClure. The Lady Lions put a stop to the run with a bucket by Kaiden Burkes. Pickens made four free throws before the first half was over, to give the Nettes a 25-5 lead over Central-Carroll.
The third quarter saw the Nettes go on a 17-0 run to begin the frame as they stretched the lead out to 42-5. Bella Howell, Richards, McClure, Powell, and Caroline Mullins all contributed to the run. Pickens outscored the Lady Lions 22-4 in the quarter to take a 47-9 lead into the fourth.
In the shortened fourth quarter, Central-Carroll had their best offensive output of the game scoring 7 points. The Nettes, improved their win streak to 10 in a row as they took this one, 50-16.
Nettes leading scorers:
Bella Howell: 13 points
Cassidy Richards: 8 points
Madison Powell: 7 points
Caroline Mullins: 6 points
Kealy Hillhouse: 5 points
7-AAAA Girls Basketball Standings:
Pickens: 11-2 (6-0)
Northwest Whitfield: 5-5 (5-0)
Heritage: 10-4 (4-2)
Cedartown: 7-4 (2-3)
Central-Carroll: 6-9 (1-3)
Southeast Whitfield: 1-12 (1-5)
Ridgeland: 1-12 (0-6)
The Nettes will be on the road on Friday as they head to Heritage to take on the Lady Generals in the 2nd game of their regular season home & home series. Pickens won the previous meeting on December 8th by a score of 73-27. Tip time for this one is set for 7 pm.