Two Dragonettes named to Region 6-4A All-Region Team

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Dragonettes - Mykenzie Weaver

Senior Mykenzie Weaver was named the Region 6-4A Player of the Year.

Dragonettes - Sarah Morris

Senior Sarah Morris was named to the Region 6-4A All-Region Team.

Two members of the Pickens Dragonettes basketball team have been named to the Region 6-4A All-Region Team as voted on by the region coaches.

Mykenzie Weaver was named the Region 6-4A Player of the Year after a spectacular senior campaign, while Sarah Morris, also a senior, was named as a guard to the All-Region Team after a great final year of high school.

Weaver averaged 25 points per game this season, while shooting 45.2 percent from the floor. She also shot 37.6 percent from beyond the arc and 66.3 percent from the free-throw line. Weaver netted 112 rebounds in 25 games, added 17 assists, 45 deflections, 70 steals, three blocks, and a charge for the Dragonettes this season.

Morris averaged 11.4 points per game in 25 games played, while shooting 47.1 percent from the floor. From beyond the arc, Morris shot 25 percent and from the free-throw line, she averaged 66.7 percent. Morris pulled down 123 rebounds, added 22 assists, had 38 deflections, 28 steals, four blocks, and drew three charges for Pickens.

The Dragonettes (18-8) defeated Southeast Whitfield (6-20) in the first round of the Region 6-4A tournament yesterday, Feb. 4, to qualify for the Class 4A state tournament. They will face Northwest Whitfield (19-7) at 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6, at Southeast Whitfield Co. in the Region 6-4A semifinals.,

Sarah Morris is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Dragonettes!

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Sarah Morris

Sarah Morris is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Pickens Dragonettes!

Morris, a senior guard, played a really strong game last week as Pickens (17-8, 9-3 Region 6-4A) won the final game of the regular season and locked up the third seed in the region tournament.

Morris scored 11 points, including hitting two shots from beyond the arc, as the Dragonettes defeated Southeast Whitfield Co. (6-19, 2-10) on Tuesday, Jan. 28, in Dalton.

For her efforts, Morris is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Dragonettes!

Mykenzie Weaver is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Dragonettes!

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Mykenzie Weaver

Mykenzie Weaver is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Pickens Dragonettes!

Weaver, a 5-foot-9 senior guard, had strong performances in three games last week for Pickens (16-8, 8-3 Region 6-4A).

On Tuesday, Jan. 21, Weaver scored a game-high 38 points in a 70-66, overtime win against region foe and area-rival Gilmer (15-6, 10-1) in Jasper.

Weaver then scored a team-high 14 points in a tough, 40-28 loss to region opponent Northwest Whitfield on Friday, Jan. 24, in Tunnel Hill.

On Saturday, Jan. 25, Weaver was instrumental in getting the Dragonettes back on track in an 8-1, 63 win at Adairsville (5-18, 2-12 Region 6-AAA).

For her efforts, Weaver is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Dragonettes!

Allie Presley is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Dragonettes!

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Allie Presley

Allie Presley is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Pickens Dragonettes!

Presley, a senior guard, is an important piece of the puzzle for Pickens (14-7, 7-2 Region 6-4A), which currently sits in third place in the region and is poised to make a run into the state playoffs.

Presley is an strong senior leader on the team, though her contributions don’t always show up on the scoreboard. She plays gritty, determined defense and is known for always being there for her teammates.

For her efforts, Presley is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Dragonettes!

Amanda Nelson is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Dragonettes!

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Amanda Nelson

Amanda Nelson is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Dragonettes!

Nelson, a sophomore who plays inside and on the perimeter, performed well across three games for Pickens (6-3, 3-0 Region 6-AAAA) last week.

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, Nelson scored six points in a 79-54 win against Gordon Lee in Jasper.

She followed that with a strong defensive performance as the ‘Nettes won at Lafayette on Friday, Dec. 13, 72-63.

In a 55-52 loss to Gordon Central on Saturday, Dec. 14, in Jasper, she put up 10 points.

For her efforts, Nelson is the TeamFYNSports Player of the Week for the Dragonettes!

‘Nettes earn important region win at Lafayette

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Last night, Friday, Dec. 13, after seeing both the Pickens junior varsity teams pick up impressive wins, the varsity Dragonettes took the floor against the Lafayette knowing it would be a tough challenge.

Pickens and Lafayette came in with identical 5-2 overall records.

Pickens came in with a game advantage over the Lady Ramblers in the region standings.

Pickens started off the first quarter quickly with a 3-pointer on their opening possession.

From there it was back and forth. The ‘Nettes held a six-point lead late in the opening frame, but the Lady Ramblers went on a 4-0 run to cut the Pickens lead to 19-17 at the end of the period.

In the second quarter, Pickens increased the lead on the Lady Ramblers. The lead grew to 13 at one point for the ‘Nettes, who were clicking on both sides of the ball.

Lafayette, much like they did in the first quarter, made a 5-2 run to end the half and the ‘Nettes went into the break up 41-33.

The game got tight in the third quarter.

The Lady Ramblers went on a 6-0 run to begin the half and cut the ‘Nettes lead down to two before Marlee McClure hit a free throw to put the lead at 42-39.

Lafayette used a 4-0 run to take their first lead of the game at 43-42, but a Reagan Harwood 3-pointer gave Pickens the lead right back at 45-43. The two teams remained close for the rest of the quarter as the ‘Nettes took a 52-51 lead going to the fourth.

After Lafayette made a bucket to go ahead 53-52, the ‘Nettes went on a 7-0 run with help from free throws by Mykenzie Weaver and McClure, and a made basket from Cassidy Richards to go up 59-53.

The Lady Ramblers went on a 5-0 run to cut it to 59-58. A 9-0 run from Pickens capped by a made basket by Sarah Morris, a 3-pointer from Richards, and made shots from Carmyn Mullins and Weaver, gave the ‘Nettes a 68-58 lead.

After another 5-0 run by Lafayette, Richards stepped up and hit another 3-pointer to seal it at 72-63.

Weaver finished the night with 19 points, followed by Richards with 13, Morris and Mullins with nine, Hillhouse with eight, and Harwood with seven.

The ‘Nettes play again Saturday, Dec. 14, when they host Gordon Central in non-region action. The game is slated to begin at 1 p.m. in Jasper.

Dragonettes home win is fourth-straight victory

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The Pickens High Dragonettes came into their Tuesday, Dec. 10, game with Gordon Lee with a 4-2 overall record and winners of three straight.

The opening quarter was pretty tightly contested. The Lady Trojans held a 17-11 lead late in the first quarter, but a 3-pointer from Allie Presley and a made shot from Lilly Simmons cut the Gordon Lee lead down to 17-16 going to the second period. Sarah Morris led the ‘Nettes in scoring in the opening quarter with eight points.

In the second, the ‘Nettes were able to get things going both offensively and defensively. Pickens outscored the Lady Trojans 22-8 in the frame. Mykenzie Weaver, Reagan Harwood, Presley, Marlee McClure, Amanda Nelson, and Chloe Walker all contributed points in the period. Going into halftime, the ‘Nettes held a 38-25 lead against Gordon Lee.

The third quarter saw the ‘Nettes carried over their impressive play from the second quarter to start the second half. Picken allowed 11 total points in the third, while pouring in 24 to take a 62-36 lead into the final quarter.

The fourth quarter saw the ‘Nettes finish off the game to seal their fifth overall win and fourth straight, 79-54.

Leading the way for the ‘Nettes were:

Sarah Morris: 21 points

Mykenzie Weaver: 17 points

Reagan Harwood: nine points

Allie Presley: nine points

Amanda Nelson: six points.

Pickens will be back on the road Friday, Dec. 13, as they head to Lafayette to take on the Lady Ramblers. This will be a key region game for both teams. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.

Sarah Morris the TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Dragonettes!

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Sarah Morris

Sarah Morris the TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Dragonettes!

Morris, a senior guard, scored in double digits in two games this week for Pickens (4-2, 2-0 Region 6-4A).

On Tuesday, Dec. 3, Morris scored 17 points as Pickens won the first region game of the season against Heritage, 67-58.

Morris followed that performance by scoring 15 points in an 89-48 win against region-foe Ridgeland on Friday, Dec. 6, in Rossville.

For her efforts, Morris is the TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Dragonettes!

Mykenzie Weaver is the TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Dragonettes!

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Mykenzie Weaver

Mykenzie Weaver is the TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Dragonettes!

Weaver averaged 30 points per game last week as the Pickens girls basketball team competed in the annual north Georgia Thanksgiving tournament in Blue Ridge.

Weaver scored 19 points in the team’s opening round loss to Gilmer on Wednesday, Nov. 23, but rebounded quickly to put up 36 on Monday, Nov. 25, in a tight game with Fannin Co.

Weaver ended the tournament by scoring 35 points against Hiwassee Dam in Pickens’ 85-49 victory.

She was named to the all-tournament team for her performance for Pickens (2-2).

For her efforts, Weaver is the TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week for the Dragonettes!

Warriors Slay Dragons at Mountaintop Tourney

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Courtside coverage provided by Reagan Young, TeamFYNSports Reporter

This past Friday at the Mountaintop Holiday Classic, the White County Warriors and the Pickens County Dragons traveled to Fannin County for their match up on day two of the tournament. Both teams were coming off of a loss from the first day of the tournament and ready to walk away with a win.

It was a high action and fast paced game from the start. The Dragons made the majority of their points from down low while the Warriors did most of their damage from driving the lane. Dragon post, Seth Bishop, led Pickens in scoring from the block with twenty-one points. Warrior guard, Austin Harris, led his team in scoring with twenty-four points due to his hustle. Warrior post, Austin Rowland, had the hustle on defense to make steals and contribute twelve points for his team. With the Warriors in the lead near the end of the third quarter, Pickens makes a buzzer beater shot to tie the game 17-17.

The hopes were high at the beginning of the second quarter. Both teams had the same chances of winning and were not giving up. The lead went from team to team and it became unpredictable on who would have it next. Warrior, Chandler Harris’s outside shooting came alive which put eleven points on the board for White County. Warriors, Reece Dockery and J. Ben Haynes, also had a good game above the key by each adding five points to White County’s score. The Warriors took a seven point lead over the Dragons at the end of the second quarter by making the score 29-22.

With Pickens down more than they had been the entire game, they were determined to make a come back. Both teams applied heavy defensive pressure on the other by putting a full court press into action. The press resulted in both teams getting steals and adding onto their score. At the end of the third quarter, White County doubled their lead over Pickens with a score of 47-33.

Pickens picked up the pace at the start of the fourth quarter. The Warriors start to put even more defensive pressure on the Dragons and draw fouls. Warrior, Jay Lepkoske, contributed one of his five points from the free throw line. The Warriors also started to have good looks inside which resulted in Kaleb Crane’s overall four points. Warriors, Daniel Rowland and Cooper Turner, followed the trend and each added four points onto White County’s score. However, the Warriors were not the only ones adding onto their score. The Dragons came back at the end of the fourth quarter with a score of 53-53, putting the game into overtime.

The intensity came alive at the beginning of the quarter. Both teams had four minutes to win the game. Pickens finally took the lead that they had been working for the whole game just to have the score tied once again at 63-63, putting the game into double overtime.

Four more minutes were put on the clock as both teams gave the game their all. The quarter was filled with hustle after loose balls, fouls from attempting to keep the other team from scoring, and heart. The back and forth of the game had everyone on their feet as they watched with anticipation. Although both teams played to the best of their ability, the White County Warriors had a 74-67 victory over the Pickens County Dragons.

The White County Warriors win puts their overall record at 9-4 while the Pickens County Dragons stand at 4-9. Catch the Warriors next game on January 2 at 5:45 as they travel to take on North Cobb Christian!

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