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.


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 ring in new year with fourth-straight win

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On Friday, Jan. 3, the Pickens Dragonettes (11-6, 4-1 Region 6-AAAA) welcomed the Southeast Whitfield Lady Raiders (4-13, 1-5) to the Dragons Den to open up the 2020 portion of the schedule. Pickens came in winners of three straight to close out 2019 and looked to carry that momentum into the new decade.

The first quarter saw a really close contest as both teams seemed to trade made shots for the better portion of the frame. With the score tied early at six, the ‘Nettes went on a quick 6-0 run with 3-pointers from Kealy Hillhouse and Chole Walker to take a 12-6 lead. The Lady Raiders outscored Pickens 7-5 the rest of the quarter, but the ‘Nettes took a 17-13 lead going to the second.

The ‘Nettes started the second quarter with a 6-0 run thanks to a made shot by Cassidy Richards, a 3-pointer by Sarah Morris, and a free throw by Hillhouse. Southeast Whitfield went on an 8-0 run to cut the lead down to 23-21. Pickens followed that with a big 15-0 run to open the game up a little bit. Going into halftime, the ‘Nettes led the Lady Raiders, 38-23.

The third quarter mirrored the first quarter as the two teams went back-and-forth. Pickens outscored Southeast Whitfield 21-15 in the frame to maintain their lead at 59-38.

In the fourth quarter the ‘Nettes brought in a few reserve players to get more varsity experience, and they played well. Both teams scored 13 points in the fourth quarter as the ‘Nettes picked up their first win of the new decade and their fourth-straight overall by a score of 72-51.

Leading the way for the Nettes were Sarah Morris (17 points), Mykenzie Weaver (11 points), Kealy Hillhouse (nine points), Reagan Harwood (seven points), and Cassidy Richards (six points).

6-AAAA Girls Region Standings:

Gilmer: 11-4 (6-0)

Pickens: 11-6 (4-1)

Northwest Whitfield: 8-4 (4-1)

Lafayette: 10-6 (3-3)

Southeast Whitfield: 4-13 (1-5)

Heritage: 4-12 (1-5)

Ridgeland: 2-12 (1-5)

On Saturday, Jan. 3, the ‘Nettes will be right back at it as they host the Northwest Whitfield Lady Bruins in another big 6-AAAA game. Tip-off is set for 3 pm. During halftime, the 1999-’00 Dragons basketball team will be recognized.


Nettes end 2019 in big fashion

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The PHS Dragonettes, (10-6, 3-1) looked to end the decade on a high note as they hosted the Lassiter Lady Trojans (1-13, 0-2) in the third and final day of the Pickens Holiday Tournament. Coming into the game, Pickens won their first two games of the tournament, and looked to sweep the whole thing.


In the first quarter, the Lady Trojans were first on the board with a three pointer. Senior Mykenzie Weaver, would then go on a personal 7-0 run for the Nettes as Pickens claimed the lead. Lassiter would hit a shot, then the Nettes went on a 9-0 run courtesy of three pointers from Sarah Morris, Chloe Walker, and Kealy Hillhouse. From then on, Pickens outscored the Lady Trojans 11-2, to take a 27-7 lead going to the second.

Nettes setting up offense

In the second quarter, the Nettes would go to work offensively and defensively using a big 21-0 run in the frame to stretch the lead out. Lassiter went on a mini 4-0 run to close the half, but Pickens held a 48-11 advantage at the break.

Nettes defending against the Lady Trojans








In the third quarter, the Nettes carried over their impressive first half into the second half. Pickens outscored Lassiter 19-8, to go into the fourth quarter with a 67-18 lead.

Weaver driving on a fast break

In the fourth quarter, the Nettes outscored the Lady Trojans 9-5, getting three pointers from Allie Presley, Madison Powell, and Jazmine Chastain. The final score in this one, 76-23.


Leading the way for the Nettes were:

Mykenzie Weaver: 33 points

Allie Presley: 9 points

Sarah Morris: 8 points

Jazmine Chastain: 5 points

Madison Powell: 5 points


Pickens, will be back home on Friday to ring in the new decade with a home region game. They’ll host the Lady Raiders of Southeast Whitfield. Tip off is set for 7 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 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.


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.



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.


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

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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.

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