Nettes battle Lady War Eagles in 4A Final Four

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Fort Valley, Ga — It was the year 2000. That was the last time the Pickens Dragonettes played in a Final Four game in the state basketball tournament. On Friday, March 4th, the Nettes made the nearly 3 hour trip south to Fort Valley State University to take on the Marist Lady War Eagles in the GHSA 4A Girls State Basketball Tournament. The Lady War Eagles came into the game with one of the better defenses in the state allowing 31.5 points per game. The Nettes defense, hadn’t been too shabby during the season either only allowing 34.9 points per game. This was expected to be a low scoring affair, and that is what it was. In the end, the Lady War Eagles were able to come away with a 38-35 win.

 

After a bit of a back and forth to start the first quarter, Amanda Nelson got the scoring started with a three pointer to give the Nettes an early 3-0 lead. After Marist made two layups and a free throw, Caroline Mullins went on a personal 4-0 run by making two free throws and a layup to make it 7-5 Pickens. Going blow for blow in this opening quarter, the Lady War Eagles tied it up at 7 with a bucket. Carmyn Mullins gave the Nettes the lead with a three pointer. Going to the second, Pickens led Marist 10-7.

Nettes with the ball in the first quarter

 

The Lady War Eagles opened the second quarter with a pair of free throws to cut the Nettes lead down to 10-9. Caroline Mullins answered with a three pointer to make it 13-9. After a layup by Marist, Caroline Mullins went on another 4-0 run with back to back buckets to make it 17-11. The Lady War Eagles ended the run with a bucket to cut it to 17-13. Bella Hopkins then split a pair of free throws to make it 18-13. Marist closed the first half with a bucket to make it 18-15 Nettes going to the break.

The Nettes on defense against the Lady War Eagles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third quarter began with Marist getting a layup to cut the lead to 18-17. Caroline Mullins carried over her strong first half into the third as she made a bucket to make it 20-17. After a pair of free throws by the Lady War Eagles, Caroline Mullins made a layup to make it 22-19. Marist, then hit a three pointer to tie things up at 22. It would not be tied for long as Caroline Mullins made a layup to give the Nettes a 24-22 lead going to the fourth quarter.

Nettes on offense in the third quarter

 

In the fourth quarter, the Lady War Eagles split a pair of free throws to cut the Pickens lead down to 24-23. Emma Gleason made a layup to make it 26-23. Marist, then went on a 7-0 run to take a 30-26 lead. After Carmyn Mullins split a pair of free throws, the Lady War Eagles made a layup to extend their lead to 32-27. Nelson, then hit a pair of free throws to make it 32-29. With just over 3 minutes left in the game, Marist held the ball till there was under a minute left. The Nettes, nearly had several steals while the Lady War Eagles were holding the ball, but with the time running down, they had to start fouling. Marist, made a pair of free throws to make it 34-29.

We then had an odd incident where as Caroline Mullins was going in for a layup, the horn blew. After a lengthy discussion between officials and coaches, 27 seconds were placed on the clock, the layup from Caroline Mullins counted, and went to the free throw line where she hit two free throws to make it 34-33 Lady War Eagles. The Nettes, then went for the steal on the ensuing in-bounds. Marist, got the ball in and Pickens fouled. The Lady War Eagles, again made a pair of free throws to extend the lead to 36-33. Using that never say die mentality that they’ve come to be known for, the Nettes cut the lead down to 36-35 after a tough layup by Nelson. The Nettes quickly fouled and sent Marist to the line. The Lady War Eagles, made both free throws again to make it 38-35. With one final chance, a three point shot would not fall for the Nettes and Marist held on to win, 38-35.

 

Scorers for the Nettes:

Caroline Mullins: 21 points

Amanda Nelson: 7 points

Carmyn Mullins: 4 points

Emma Gleason: 2 points

Bella Hopkins: 1 point

 

The Nettes finish the 2021-22 season with a 26-4 overall record. The 26 wins are tied for the second most in a season. The 35 points per game the Nettes gave up on defense ranks as the best in the Pickens High School history. The 21-game win streak that the Nettes went on during the season tied for the second longest streak in team history. The Nettes, won their 900th game in program history during the season. The Nettes, won their second straight 7-AAAA regular season championship during the season. Congrats to the Pickens Dragonettes on an incredibly historic season.

Nettes punch ticket to 4A Final Four after comeback win

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Jefferson, Ga — The Pickens Dragonettes, took to the road on Wednesday, March 2nd to take on the Jefferson Lady Dragons in the Elite 8 of the GHSA 4A Girls State Basketball Tournament. It was a minor miracle for the Nettes to even get to this game as they had to battle back from a 14 point 4th quarter deficit on the road against the Daugherty Lady Trojans in the Sweet 16. Jefferson, was the #1 seed out of region 8. The Nettes, showing a willingness to never quit, overcame a 12 point 4th quarter deficit to defeat the Lady Dragons, 51-50.

 

Jefferson got out to a quick start in the first quarter as they built an early 4-0 lead. Emmie Moore, who came in for the Nettes after Caroline Mullins had to leave the game for a bit after falling on her elbow, got Pickens on the board with a layup to make it 4-2. The Lady Dragons then added a three, to make it 7-2. Moore, a freshman, then went on a personal 5-0 run as she made another layup and hit a three to tie it up at 7. After Jefferson retook the lead with a bucket, Amanda Nelson tied things up at 9 with a layup. She would then give the Nettes the lead after hitting a free throw to make it 10-9. The Lady Dragons would answer back with a bucket to make it 11-10. Caroline Mullins, now back in the game, got her first points of the contest with a layup to make it 12-11 Nettes. Jefferson would go on a 4-0 run to close out the first quarter as the Lady Dragons led it, 15-12.

 

Nettes with the ball early on

 

The Nettes began the second quarter with a 5-0 run as Nelson hit a three, and Caroline Mullins made a bucket to give Pickens a 17-15 lead. After Jefferson split a pair of free throws and then made a layup, Madison Powell responded with a three pointer to give the Nettes a 20-18 lead. The Lady Dragons answered with a three pointer of their own to reclaim the lead, 21-20. After Caroline Mullins split a pair of free throws to tie things up at 21, Jefferson again went on a 4-0 run. This one, closed out the first half as we headed to halftime with the Lady Dragons leading the Nettes, 25-21.

 

Nettes on defense in the 2nd quarter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third quarter began with Jefferson hitting back to back three pointers to make it 31-21. Powell answered with a three of her own to make it 31-24. The two teams then split a pair of free throws to make the score 32-25 in favor of the Lady Dragons. After a layup from Jefferson, Nelson hit another three to make it 34-28. Nelson, then put an end to a 4-0 run by the Lady Dragons with a layup to make it 38-30. After a 5-0 run by Jefferson that included three free throws, another Nettes freshman, Brylee Deering, stepped up and hit a three to make it 43-33. A layup by the Lady Dragons near the end of the quarter gave Jefferson a 45-33 advantage heading to the fourth.

Nettes with the ball in the 3rd quarter

 

Nelson got the fourth quarter started with a layup to make it 45-35. After a pair of free throws from Jefferson, Carmyn Mullins made a layup in traffic to make it 47-37. Deering, then split a pair of free throws to make it 47-38. Moore, then drove into the lane, made the layup, and got fouled. She would make the free throw to cut the Lady Dragons lead down to 47-41. Jefferson, then made a pair of free throws to stretch their lead out to 49-41. Then, the Nettes went to work. Caroline Mullins drove into the lane for the layup to make it 49-43. Nelson, then lined up and fired another three pointer to make it 49-46. With Caroline Mullins bringing the ball up the court, the Lady Dragons trapped her in a corner, she found Nelson, who then found an open Bella Hopkins who hit a three pointer to tie it up at 49. By this point the Nettes faithful that made the trip, were losing their minds. After a stop defensively, and a timeout, Caroline Mullins got by her defender and drove into the lane for a tough layup to give Pickens a 51-49 lead with 40 seconds left.

 

Here’s where things get interesting shall we say. Jefferson would miss two potential go ahead short shots. A fight for the ball occurred which resulted in a jump ball. The arrow pointed the way of the Nettes with 23 seconds left. After a timeout was called by Pickens to avoid the 5-second call, the ball was passed in to Caroline Mullins. Mullins, would miss the front end of the 1 and 1. Jefferson got the rebound and drove down the court and was fouled with 13 seconds left. The Lady Dragons split the free throws to make it 51-50 Nettes. On the missed free throw, a tie up with the ball led to the Lady Dragons getting a timeout granted with 12.2 seconds left. After the timeout, Jefferson found an open girl under the basket, but she was called for the travel, giving possession back to Pickens with 4.6 seconds left. a jump ball was called on the ensuing in-bounds play, which gave the Lady Dragons the ball with 2.3 seconds left. Jefferson lobbed it into the paint, but Emma Gleason was able to force a lose ball. The ball went out of bounds as time expired and the Nettes began to celebrate. That celebration was short lived as the officials determined that there was .3 seconds left on the clock when the ball went out on Gleason. Jefferson lobbed it up for a desperation shot at the basket, but it was no good and the Nettes held on to knock off the Lady Dragons, 51-50.

 

Pickens, will have a quick turnaround as they will face the Marist Lady War Eagles in the Final Four on Friday, March 4th. Marist, advanced to the Final Four on Tuesday with a 36-16 victory over the Nettes region mates, the Heritage Lady Generals. The game will be played at Fort Valley State University in Fort Valley, Georgia. Tip off is set for 6 pm.

Nettes open state tournament with big first round win

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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.

 

Nettes allowed just 6 first quarter points

 

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.

 

Nettes on offense in the 2nd quarter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Nettes running an in-bounds play

 

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.

 

Nettes head into region tournament on 20-game win streak

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Jasper, Ga — On Thursday, February 10th, the Pickens Dragonettes took on the Cedartown Lady Bulldogs in what was not only the final region 7-AAAA game, and the final game of the regular season. This game, was supposed to take place a couple of weeks ago, but weather forced a postponement and it was moved to February 10th. These two teams first met on December 7th with the Nettes coming away with a 62-31 win at Cedartown. Pickens, continued it’s winning ways as they came away with a 73-32 victory in the regular season finale.

 

In the first quarter, Senior Amanda Nelson got things going for the Nettes as she made a nice move to the basket for the layup. After a steal on the other end, Pickens extended their lead to 4-0 after Sophomore Caroline Mullins found older sister, Senior Carmyn Mullins alone under the basket for the layup. Cedartown would then call an early timeout. Coming out of the timeout, the Lady Bulldogs got on the board with a three pointer to make it 4-3. Caroline Mullins then found Junior Emma Gleason leading the way on a fast break for the layup to make it 6-3. After a miss by Cedartown, Junior Madison Powell collected the rebound, passed it to Caroline Mullins, and she found Gleason again leading the fast break down the floor for another layup to make it 8-3.

After the Lady Bulldogs took another timeout, they were able to connect on an open layup to make it 8-5. Caroline Mullins was able to come away with a steal and took it all the way for the score to make it 10-5. Caroline Mullins then rebounded a missed shot by Cedartown and once again found an open Gleason for the layup to make it 12-5. The Lady Bulldogs then made a free throw line jumper to make it 12-7. Good ball movement by the Nettes led to Nelson finding an open Carmyn Mullins for the layup to make it 14-7. After several tries, Cedartown got a three pointer to go to make it 14-10. Pickens quickly answered as a cutting Freshman Brylee Deering found an open Nelson for the three to make it 17-10. Just as time was expiring in the first quarter, the Lady Bulldogs got a three pointer to fall to make it 17-13.

Nettes on offense in the first

 

The Nettes started off the second quarter with a score as Caroline Mullins found Gleason underneath the basket for the layup to make it 19-13. After a turnover by Cedartown, Pickens turned it into points as Nelson got it to Caroline Mullins and she made a nice fad away move for the score to make it 21-13. The Lady Bulldogs were able to break the 4-0 run with a short jumper to make it 21-15. After that, it was all Nettes. Pickens went on a 16-0 run for the remainder of the first half to take a 37-15 lead into the break.

The Nettes allowed just two 2nd quarter points

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third quarter started just like the first quarter with Nelson making an open layup to make it 39-15. Carmyn Mullins then was able to drive to the basket, make the layup, and get the foul. She completed the and-1 chance to make it 42-15. After a steal by Powell, she found an open Carmyn Mullins under the basket as the Nettes lead grew to 44-15. Caroline Mullins got a steal of her own and made the layup to make it 46-15. Another steal by Caroline Mullins led to a 2 on 1 fast break and Mullins dished it to Nelson with a nice behind the back pass for the layup to make it 48-15. Cedartown was able to get on the board with a pair of free throws to make it 48-17.

On the next possession for Pickens, Sophomore Bella Hopkins found Nelson open in the corner for the three to make it 51-17. After a steal by Freshman Emmie Moore, Hopkins found a streaking Powell for the layup to make it 53-17. The Lady Bulldogs would then make another pair of free throws to make it 53-19. There was a Freshman to Freshman connection as Deering found Moore, who drove to the basket and hit a floater to make it 55-19. Cedartown answered with a nice turnaround move for the layup to make it 55-21. Another steal by Moore led to a bucket on the other end as Caroline Mullins laid it in to make it 57-21. The scoring in the third continued for the Nettes as Sophomore Emery Bryant found Moore for the layup to make it 59-21. After a steal by Powell, she found Deering, who found an open Moore for the three to make it 62-21 going to the fourth.

Nettes with the ball in the third quarter

 

The shortened fourth quarter saw Pickens get the first points as Deering found Powell for the three to make it 65-21. Cedartown got their first points of the fourth after a drive to the basket resulted in a layup to make it 65-23. The Lady Bulldogs followed that up with a pair of free throws to make it 65-25. Cedartown again got a layup as they were able to grab a tipped pass to make it 65-27. The Nettes were able to end the Lady Bulldog run after Junior Adrienne Plumley found Bryant for the layup and the foul. Cedartown came back on the other end to hit a three pointer to make it 67-30. After an offensive rebound by Bryant, good ball movement led to Plumley finding Bryant again for the layup to make it 69-30. The Lady Bulldogs were able to hit another pair of free throws to make it 69-32. After a steal, Sophomore Emery Steinhauer took it all the way for the score to make it 71-32. After another steal by the Nettes, Steinhauer found a wide open Plumley under the basket for the layup with just seconds left in the game as Pickens took this one, 73-32.

 

Leading Scorers For The Nettes:

Caroline Mullins: 16 points

Amanda Nelson: 12 points

Carmyn Mullins: 11 points

Emma Gleason: 10 points

Emmie Moore: 9 points

Madison Powell: 7 points

Emery Bryant: 4 points

Emery Steinhauer: 2 points

Adrienne Plumley: 2 points

 

7-AAAA Girls Region Standings:

Pickens: 22-2 (12-0) #1 seed in region tournament

Heritage: 16-7 (9-3) #2 or #3 seed in region tournament

Northwest Whitfield: 16-9 (9-3) #2 or #3 seed in region tournament

Central-Carroll: 10-14 (6-6) #4 seed in region tournament

Cedartown: 4-16 (3-9) #5 seed in region tournament

Ridgeland: 5-19 (2-10) #6 seed in region tournament

Southeast Whitfield: 1-23 (1-10) #7 seed in region tournament

 

With the win, Nettes head coach Brandon Thomas collected his 101st win since taking over. That moves him to 2nd all time in Nettes coaching wins. Only behind the man that the court is named after at Pickens High School, Roy Cowart. The 2021-22 season is Coach Thomas’ 5th as Nettes head coach. The Nettes, will await their next opponent as they prepare for their 7-AAAA Region Tournament Semifinal opponent on Thursday. While the opponent is to be determined, the game, and all of the tournament games will be at Northwest Whitfield.

Nettes roll against Southeast Whitfield on Senior Night

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Jasper, Ga — A big crowd was on hand as the Pickens Dragonettes 20-2 (10-0), welcomed the Southeast Whitfield Lady Raiders 1-21 (1-10) to the Dragons Den for Senior Night. The Nettes, came in riding an 18 game winning streak after defeating the 10th ranked team in Single-A Private, the Darlington Lady Tigers on Saturday. The Lady Raiders also had reason to be excited as they picked up their first win of the season against Ridgeland last week. Using a fantastic defensive effort, the Nettes came away with a 59-7 win.

 

Senior Carmyn Mullins got the scoring started for the Nettes in the first quarter as they took a quick 2-0 lead. Younger sister of Carmyn, Sophomore Caroline Mullins, followed that up with a steal for an easy layup to make it 4-0. After a nice set up from fellow Senior Amanda Nelson, Carmyn Mullins made another shot to make it 6-0. Junior Madison Powell nailed the first three pointer of the game to make it 9-0. Freshman Emmie Moore made an impact early on as she hit a three pointer to make it 12-0. Caroline Mullins got in on the three pointer party as she hit one to make it 15-0 Nettes going to the second quarter.

Nettes with the ball in the first quarter

 

In the second quarter, Pickens continued it’s great play on both sides of the court. To begin the scoring in the second quarter, Sophomore Bella Hopkins hit a three pointer to make it 18-0. Hopkins then nailed a floater after a nice dish from Caroline Mullins to make it 20-0. Senior Amanda Nelson then got her first points of the night as she hit a three pointer to make it 23-0. Hopkins, continued her stellar second quarter with another three pointer to make it 26-0. Carmyn Mullins then had a nice put back score after fighting for a rebound to make it 28-0. Another Freshman, Brylee Deering, got her first points of the game after a nice pump fake led to a nice make on a jump shot to make it 30-0. Junior Emma Gleason got her first points of the game late in the first half as Caroline Mullins found her wide open underneath the basket for a layup to make it 32-0. Just before the end of the first half, Junior Jazmine Chastain got a steal and took it all the way down the floor for the layup. Going into the break, the Nettes led the Lady Raiders, 34-0.

Nettes pitched a shutout in the first half

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second half, was a shortened half as both the third and fourth quarters were both 6 minute quarters instead of the usual 8 minute quarters. In the third quarter, the Nettes continued their scoring ways as the Senior to Senior connection was in play as Carmyn Mullins dished it to a cutting Nelson for the layup to make it 36-0. The Lady Raiders, got their first points of the game on a three pointer to make it 36-3. After a rebound by Hopkins, she found a sprinting Gleason down the floor who then laid it up an in to make 38-3. After getting fouled, Carmyn Mullins went 2-2 from the free throw line to make it 40-3. A nice in-bounds play set up a Moore jumper after a good pass from Nelson to make it 42-3. Good ball movement from the Nettes, and a pass from Moore,  led to a three pointer from Gleason to make it 45-3. A scramble for a loose ball on the next Lady Raider possession led to Southeast Whitfield getting an open layup to make it 45-5. On the next possession for Pickens, Moore had a nice drive and kick as she found an open Deering for the three to make it 48-5. A final shot before the buzzer would not fall for the Nettes as we’d head to the fourth with Pickens ahead, 48-5.

Senior Amanda Nelson with the ball

 

To start the fourth, Carmyn Mullins got fouled and hit both shots to make it 50-5. A little later on in the fourth, Hopkins found Nelson for a layup to make it 52-5. After the two teams traded possessions for a bit, the Lady Raiders got a jump shot to go to make it 52-7. After a steal by the Nettes, Carmyn Mullins found Nelson for the layup to make it 54-7. After grabbing the offensive rebound, and using good ball movement, Sophomore Emery Steinhauer found Deering who hit a bank shot three pointer to make it 57-7. A steal by Deering on the Lady Raiders next possession led to an open layup for Steinhauer as she made it 59-7. The final seconds would then tick away as the Nettes came away with their 19th straight win by defeating the Southeast Whitfield Lady Raiders, 59-7.

 

7-AAAA Girls Region Standings:

Pickens: 21-2 (11-0) will be the #1 seed in the region tournament

Heritage: 16-7 (9-3) will be either the #2 or #3 seed in the region tournament

Northwest Whitfield: 16-9 (9-3) will be either the #2 or #3 seed in the region tournament

Central-Carroll: 10-14 (6-6) will be the #4 seed in the region tournament

Cedartown: 4-15 (3-8) will be the #5 seed in the region tournament

Ridgeland: 5-19 (2-10) will be the #6 seed in the region tournament

Southeast Whitfield: 1-22 (1-11) will be the #7 seed in the region tournament

 

While they did already have Senior Night to recognize the Senior basketball players, cheerleaders, and dance team, there is still one more home game left to be played. Cedartown, will come to Jasper on Thursday, February 10th to close out the regular season. This is a make up game from several weeks back as the original game was canceled due to weather. Tip off for this one is set for 6 pm.

Nettes defeat Darlington for 18th consecutive win

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Jasper, Ga — On Saturday, February 5th, the Pickens Dragonettes put their 17 game win streak on the line as they welcomed the Darlington Lady Tigers to the Dragons Den for a late season non-region game. Coming into the game, the Nettes were 19-2, (10-0), and coming off a big 39-31 road win over Northwest Whitfield. The Lady Tigers, came in at 18-4 overall (5-2), and winners of three straight. After trailing in the first half, the Nettes used a big second half run to pick up a 50-44 win.

 

Darlington got things going early on as they made a bucket, then stole the ensuing in-bounds pass and made another basket to make it 4-0. Caroline Mullins got Pickens on the board with a three pointer to make it 4-3. After a bucket by the Lady Tigers, Amanda Nelson and Carmyn Mullins hit back to back three pointers to give the Nettes a 9-6 lead. Darlinton countered with a 7-0 run to retake the lead, 13-9. Carmyn Mullins split a pair of free throws and the Lady Tigers hit a pair of free throws to make it 15-10. Carmyn Mullins and Emma Gleason then went on a 4-0 run to make it 15-14 Darlington. The Lady Tigers then split a pair of free throws to give them a 16-14 lead going to the second.

 

Nettes with the ball in the first quarter

 

Caroline Mullins got things going in the second quarter as she hit a bucket to tie it up at 16 a piece. Darlington answered with a 9-0 run to give the Lady Tigers a 25-16 lead. Nelson, cut the lead to 6 with a three pointer to make it 25-19. Madison Powell then went 3 out of 4 from the free throw line to cut the Darlington lead down to 25-22 at the half.

 

Nettes displaying tough defensive play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nelson, began the second half by tying the game at 25 after hitting a three pointer. Darlington regained the lead after a 4-0 run to go ahead, 29-25. Caroline Mullins made a bucket to cut it to 29-27. After a bucket by the Lady Tigers, the Mullins sisters went on a 5-0 run as Caroline hit a three pointer, and older sister Carmyn made a layup to give Pickens a 32-31 lead. After Darlington made a basket to retake the lead, Gleason gave the Nettes the lead back with a late bucket. Going to the fourth, the Nettes led the Lady Tigers, 34-33.

 

Caroline Mullins passes to Amanda Nelson

 

Darlington opened up the fourth quarter with a three pointer to give the Lady Tigers a 36-34 lead. Caroline Mullins gave the Nettes the lead back with a 4-0 run, making it 38-36. After the Lady Tigers made a bucket and a free throw, Pickens went on a big 7-0 run as Powell hit a layup and a three pointer and Caroline Mullins added a pair of free throws to make it 45-39. Darlington then cut the lead down to 45-41. Caroline Mullins and Nelson went 2-4 on free throw attempts to make it 47-41. A three pointer by the Lady Tigers cut the Pickens lead down to 47-44. Nelson closed the game out going 3-4 from the free throw line to give the Nettes a 50-44 win.

 

Leading Scorers For The Nettes:

Caroline Mullins: 17 points

Amanda Nelson: 13 points

Madison Powell: 8 points

Carmyn Mullins: 8 points

Emma Gleason: 4 points

 

The Nettes, will get back into 7-AAAA play on Tuesday as they will host the Southeast Whitfield Lady Raiders. The Nettes, have already clinched a regular season region championship and will be the #1 seed in the upcoming 7-AAAA Region Tournament. Tip off against the Lady Raiders is set for 6 pm.

Nettes run winning streak to 15 games

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Jasper, Ga — It was a big game feel inside the Dragons Den on Tuesday, January 25th as the top two teams in 7-AAAA were set for a rematch in Jasper. Coming into the game, the Pickens Dragonettes held a record of 16-2 (7-0) and riding a 14 game win streak. The Heritage Lady Generals, came into the game with a record of 14-4 (7-1) and a 10 game win streak of their own. Both teams came in ranked in the top ten of the 4A poll in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution with the Nettes at #5 and the Lady Generals at #8. The previous match up between these two teams in December saw the Nettes come away with a 31-23 win in a defensive contest. Thr Nettes, used a hot shooting second period and tough defense to help earn a 46-35 win.

 

The first quarter was very much back and forth between these two teams as was expected. The Nettes, jumped out to a 5-2 lead, but the Lady Generals quickly answered and took the lead, 6-5. Two three pointers by Bella Howell and Madison Powell gave Pickens an 11-6 lead over Heritage going to the second.

Nettes with the ball late in the first

 

In the second quarter, the Nettes were lighting it up from beyond the arc. Caroline Mullins got it going with two three pointers in a row. After a bucket by the Lady Raiders made it 17-8, Pickens got three straight three pointers as Amanda Nelson connected for two three’s, and Powell hit her second three pointer of the game to give the Nettes a 26-8 lead over the Lady Generals going to the half.

Nettes allowed 2 points in the second

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the third quarter, Caroline Mullins got things going with a bucket to make it 28-8. After a pair of free throws from the Lady Generals made it 28-10, Carmyn Mullins got a point back after going 1 for 2 from the line. Heritage got their first field goal of the quarter, then Hopkins answered with a three pointer to make in 32-12 Nettes. Later on in the quarter, after a bucket by Heritage, Amanda Nelson hit another three pointer, and Emma Gleason went 1-2 from the line to make it 36-14. The Lady Generals closed the third quarter on a 6-0 run to make it 36-20 going to the fourth.

Nettes with the ball in the third quarter

 

The fourth quarter saw Caroline Mullins score 7 of her 17 points on the night. While Heritage outscored Pickens in the quarter, 15-10, the Nettes came away with the 46-35 win to earn an in season sweep of the Lady Generals. The win now gives the Nettes a 2 game lead in the loss column in the region for the top spot as we inch closer to region tournament time.

 

Leading Scorers For The Nettes:

Caroline Mullins: 17 points

Amanda Nelson: 12 points

Bella Hopkins: 7 points

Madison Powell 6 points

 

7-AAAA Region Standings:

Pickens: 17-2 (8-0)

Heritage: 14-5 (7-2)

Northwest Whitfield: 14-7 (7-2)

Central-Carroll: 7-12 (3-5)

Cedartown: 4-10 (3-5)

Ridgeland: 4-15 (1-7)

Southeast Whitfield: 0-19 (0-8)

 

The Nettes, will begin a quick two game road trip on Friday, January 28th when they head up to Rossville to take on the Lady Panthers of Ridgeland. These two teams met earlier this month, with the Nettes coming away with a 64-16 win. Tip off for this one is set for 6 pm.

Nettes sweep season series from Gilmer

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Jasper, Ga — After coming off of a big 75-18 win over Southeast Whitfield on the road on Friday, the 14th, the Pickens Dragonettes turned right back around and welcomed the Gilmer Lady Cats to the Dragons Den for a non-region contest on Saturday, January 15th. Coming into the game, the Nettes were riding a 12-game winning streak. The Nettes won the prior two meetings with the Lady Cats this season and were looking to complete the season sweep. The first meeting saw the Nettes come away with a 56-50 win in Blue Ridge. The second meeting saw Pickens again come away with a 55-49 win in Ellijay. The Nettes, outscored the Lady Cats, 37-22 in the second half in route to a 53-38 win.

 

The Nettes got the first quarter going early with a bucket by Carmyn Mullins to make it 2-0 early. After Gilmer tied it up a 2, Pickens went on a 5-0 run after a three by Carmyn Mullins and a bucket by Emma Gleason to give the Nettes a 7-2 lead. A 4-0 run from the Lady Cats cut the lead down to 7-6. The Nettes would go on an 8-0 run to close the quarter as Amanda Nelson and Bella Hopkins both hit three’s, and Caroline Mullins nailed a jumper just as times expired to make it 15-6 Nettes, going to the second.

Nettes with strong defense early on

In the second quarter, after the teams traded a foul each, Caroline Mullins would go 1 for 2 from the line. Her sister, Carmyn, got the rebound and made the bucket to make it 18-6 Pickens. After a 4-0 run by the Lady Cats was stopped by a bucket from Gleason, Gilmer went on another 4-0 run to cut the Nettes lead down to 20-14. Hopkins, answered with a three to make it 23-14. After a bucket by the Lady Cats, Madison Powell got in on the act with a three of her own to make it 26-16 Pickens at the half.

Nettes with the ball on offense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To start the third quarter, Caroline Mullins hit a three pointer to make it 29-16. After a bucket and a free throw by Gilmer, Hopkins hit two free throws of her own to make it 31-19. After the two free throws, the Nettes turned on the defense and Caroline Mullins went on an 8-0 run by herself to make it 39-19. After a bucket by the Lady Cats to stop the run, Nelson hit a free throw to make it 40-21. The two teams then traded three pointers to make it 43-24 Nettes. A bucket by Gilmer to close the third quarter made it 43-26 Pickens going to the fourth.

Madison Powell with the basketball

A pair of free throws by the Lady Cats started the scoring in the fourth quarter. After a bucket from Caroline Mullins, Gilmer went on a 4-0 run to make it 45-32. A bucket by Gleason and a free throw make from Caroline Mullins made it 48-32. The teams traded free throws for a bit, then Gilmer made a bucket to make it 49-36. The Nettes, then got back to back buckets from Caroline Mullins and Powell to make it 53-36. The Lady Cats would make two final free throws before the end of the quarter to make it a 53-38 Pickens win.

 

Leading Scorers For Gilmer:

Elly Callihan: 9 points

Lucy Ray: 8 points

Charley Poteet: 6 points

Aliza Chastain: 5 points

 

Leading Scorers For Pickens:

Caroline Mullins: 20 points

Bella Hopkins: 8 points

Madison Powell: 8 points

Carmyn Mullins: 7 points

Emma Gleason: 6 points

Amanda Nelson: 4 points

 

7-AAAA Girls Region Standings:

Pickens: 15-2 (6-0)

Heritage: 12-4 (5-1)

Northwest Whitfield: 10-7 (4-2)

Central-Carroll: 7-9 (3-3)

Cedartown: 3-8 (2-4)

Ridgeland: 4-12 (1-5)

Southeast Whitfield: 0-16 (0-6)

 

The Nettes, will be back at it on Tuesday, January 18th (weather permitting) as they welcome the Cedartown Lady Bulldogs to Jasper for a 7-AAAA match up. Pickens defeated Cedartown earlier in the season, 62-31 at Cedartown. Tip off for this one is set for 6 pm.

Nettes defeat Northwest Whitfield in 7-AAAA battle

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Jasper, Ga — It was a bitterly cold night in Jasper on Friday, January 7th as the Pickens Dragonettes welcomed the Northwest Whitfield Lady Bruins to the Dragons Den for a battle of the two undefeated teams in region play. Coming into the game, the Nettes were riding a 10 game win streak and brought in a record of 12-2 (4-0) while the Lady Bruins came in with a record of 8-5 (4-0). The Nettes, swept the Lady Bruins last season on their way to a 7-AAAA title and knew that Northwest Whitfield had revenge on their minds. In a back and forth game that saw multiple ties and lead changes, the Nettes came away with a hard fought 43-41 win.

 

In the first quarter, the Nettes got off to a 5-0 start. After a 5-0 run by the Lady Bruins to tie things up, Emma Gleason made a bucket to give the Nettes a 7-5 lead. After a pair of free throws by Northwest Whitfield to tie it back up, Amanda Nelson made a bucket to give Pickens the two point lead. Before the end of the quarter, the Lady Bruins were able to tie it back up and send this one to the second quarter all knotted up at 9.

Nettes with the ball on offense

In the second quarter, the Nettes retook the lead after a Caroline Mullins bucket to make it 11-9. The Lady Bruins, responded with a 5-0 run to make it 14-11 and to take the lead for the first time. Bella Hopkins then tied it back up with a three pointer. Carmyn Mullins followed that up with a bucket to make it 16-14 Pickens. A run by Northwest Whitfield had them out front, 24-19 with little time left in the first half. Nelson, cut the Lady Bruins lead down to 24-22 just before the half ended to send us to the break.

Nettes defending Northwest Whitfield

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Nettes, started off the second half much like they did the first half by coming out on a 5-0 run to retake the lead once again, 27-24. An 8-0 run by the Lady Bruins helped them reclaim the lead 32-27. After a pair of free throws from Nelson, Emmie Moore hit a three pointer to tie things up at 32. Bella Hopkins then gave Pickens the lead with a pair of free throws. A bucket by Northwest Whitfield tied things up at 34 as we headed to the fourth quarter.

Nettes with the ball in the third

The Lady Bruins started the fourth quarter off with a three pointer to retake the lead, 37-34. Nelson, would then go to the free throw line on a couple of occasions as she was able to tie things up at 37. Hopkins then went 1-2 from the line to give the Nettes a one point lead, and Nelson made a bucket to put Pickens up, 40-37. Northwest Whitfield would respond with a 4-0 run to take a 41-40 lead. Needing a score, Caroline Mullins delivered for the Nettes as she made the bucket, then made the free throw to give the Nettes a 43-41 lead. The Lady Bruins, had a couple of chances in the final seconds but the defense for the Nettes held strong and Pickens came away with a 43-41 victory.

 

Leading Scorers For The Nettes:

Amanda Nelson: 13 points

Caroline Mullins: 11 points

Bella Hopkins: 9 points

Emmie Moore: 3 points

Madison Powell: 3 points

Emma Gleason: 2 points

Carmyn Mullins: 2 points

 

7-AAAA Basketball Standings:

Pickens: 13-2 (5-0)

Northwest Whitfield: 8-6 (4-1)

Heritage: 9-5 (3-1)

Central-Carroll: 6-8 (2-2)

Cedartown: 2-7 (1-3)

Ridgeland: 1-11 (0-4)

Southeast Whitfield: 0-14 (0-4)

 

The Nettes, will be back on the road on Friday, January 14th as they travel to take on the Southeast Whitfield Lady Raiders in another 7-AAAA region game. Tip off for that one scheduled for 7 pm.

Nettes hold off a scrappy Central-Carroll team for region win

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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.

Coach Roy Cowart at his court dedication

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.

Nettes moving the ball on offense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Nettes allowed just 13 first half points

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.

Nettes on offense in the third

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.

Nettes win thrilling State Tournament opener

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Pickens County — It was win or go home as the Pickens Dragonettes (21-4) welcomed the Stephenson Lady Jaguars (4-14) to the Dragons Den for the first round of the GHSA 4A Girls State Basketball Tournament. Coming into the game, the Nettes were the #1 seed out of region 7 after defeating the Northwest Whitfield Lady Bruins on February 19th for the third time this season to capture the 7-AAAA Region Championship. The Lady Jaguars, came in as the #4 seed out of region 6. After a back and forth game, the Nettes overcame a 12 point, fourth quarter deficit to defeat Stephenson 62-59.

 

In the first quarter, the Lady Jaguars came out firing opening up an early lead. Offensively for the Nettes, it was the Cassidy Richards show as she hit 3 three pointers and scored 12 of the 17 first quarter points for Pickens. After trailing by 7 during the quarter, the Nettes cut the Lady Jaguars lead down to 21-17 going to the second.

Cassidy Richards at the free throw line

The second quarter, was ultra competitive with both teams staying close. Pickens, took their first lead of the game as they used an 18-12 quarter run to send us into the break with the Nettes ahead, 35-33. Pickens got contributions from Bella Howell, Amanda Nelson, Madison Powell, Marlee McClure, Emma Gleason, and Caroline Mullins during the quarter.

Nettes defending the Lady Jaguars

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third quarter, for the most part, belonged to the visiting Lady Jaguars as they were able to reclaim the lead during the frame. Outscoring Pickens 19-11 in the third, Stephenson took a 52-46 lead into the fourth quarter.

Nettes working the ball on offense

In the fourth quarter, things looked troublesome for the home team as the Lady Jaguars doubled their lead up to twelve at a couple of points in the frame. Pickens however, stayed calm. They strung together stops on the defensive side of the court, and came up clutch on the offensive side of the court. Having come all the way back to take a 60-59 lead, the Nettes sent Caroline Mullins to the free throw line with under 10 seconds left. Mullins, stepped to the line, and knocked down both to make it 62-59. Stephenson’s last second attempt to send the game into overtime hit the back of the rim and came down and the Nettes hung on to get the 62-59 win.

 

Leading scorers for the Nettes:

Cassidy Richards: 16 points

Caroline Mullins: 11 points

Amanda Nelson: 10 points

Kealy Hillhouse: 7 points

Marlee McClure: 5 points

 

The Nettes, advance to the sweet 16 where they will host either the #2 seed out of region 5, the Mt. Zion-Jonesboro Lady Bulldogs, or the #3 seed out of region 8, the North Oconee Lady Titans on Friday (time to be determined). Those two teams play on Wednesday, February 24th. This will be the 1st time that a sweet 16 game will be played in Jasper since 1985.

Nettes’ hold off North Murray for sixth straight win

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Jasper, Ga — On Tuesday, December 29th, 2020, the Pickens Dragonettes 7-2 (3-0) welcomed the North Murray Lady Mountaineers 2-5 (0-2) to the Dragons Den for a non-region contest. This was the first game for the Lady Mountaineers since the 22nd, and the first game for the Nettes since the 18th so it was going to be interesting to see how the two teams played after having a week off or more in the Nettes case. Pickens came into the game winners of 5 straight. After a back and forth battle for most of the game, the Nettes came away with a 55-47 win.

 

In the first quarter, the Nettes jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead thanks to a bucket by Emma Gleason, a three from Kealy Hillhouse, and a bucket from Cassidy Richards. The Lady Mountaineers would go on to outscore Pickens the rest of the quarter, 12-8, as the Nettes held a 15-12 lead after one.

Nettes with the ball in the 1st quarter

In the second quarter, the Nettes maintained an 8 point lead throughout the frame. North Murray would cut the lead down to 5 at one point, but Gleason made a bucket to gives us a halftime score of 29-21 in a very competitive first half.

Nettes defending an in-bounds play

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the third quarter, the lead for Pickens grew to as much as 11 at during the period. The Lady Mountaineers again would claw back into it, cutting the lead down to 40-36. Buckets by Caroline Mullins and Isabella Howell gave the Nettes a 44-36 lead going into the fourth.

Nettes in-bounding the ball under their basket

In the fourth quarter, the lead for Pickens got up to 14 with 3:55 left. To North Murray’s credit, they scored 8 straight to cut the Nettes lead down to 53-47. Amanda Nelson stepped to the line and calmly knocked down a pair of free throws as Pickens held on to win, 55-47.

 

Nettes Top Scorers

Caroline Mullins: 13 points

Amanda Nelson: 8 points

Isabella Howell: 7 points

Cassidy Richards: 7 points

 

7-AAAA Girls Basketball Standings:

*via MaxPreps:

Pickens: 7-2 (3-0)

Northwest Whitfield: 3-4 (3-0)

Cedartown: 4-1 (1-1)

Central-Carroll: 5-6 (1-1)

Heritage: 7-4 (2-2)

Ridgeland: 1-6 (0-3)

Southeast Whitfield: 0-6 (0-3)

 

The Nettes will have a quick turnaround as they play later this afternoon on the road against the Christian Heritage Lady Lions in another non-region contest. The Nettes defeated the Lady Lions in a close game on the 17th by a score of 54-49. Tip off is scheduled for 6 pm.

Nettes continue winning ways on senior night

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Jasper, Ga — The PHS Dragonettes hosted the Ridgeland Lady Panthers on Friday, December 11th in another 7-AAAA meeting. With the uncertainty surrounding the rest of the season, this night was deemed Senior Night that way the players from the Nettes and Dragons, as well as the cheer and dance teams could be recognized. The Nettes, came into the game after a big region win over the Heritage Lady Generals on Tuesday, and looked to improve their region record to 3-0 and the their overall record to 4-2. Ridgeland, came in 1-3 overall, and 0-2 in region play.

 

The first quarter started off slow for both teams. Plenty of shots were going up, just none would fall for either side. Reagan Harwood got the scoring started for the Nettes as she was able to connect on a layup attempt. Amanda Nelson then followed with a couple of free throws. Towards the end of the quarter Pickens saw shots start falling more consistently. Harwood got another bucket, Emma Gleason and Cassidy Richards hit back to back three pointers, and Nelson made a bucket to give the Nettes a 15-0 lead over the Lady Panthers after the first quarter.

Nettes running an in-bounds play

To begin the second quarter, the Nettes went on a 16-0 run. The Lady Panthers would end their string of bad luck with a three pointer, and a jump shot. The offense was on fire for Pickens in the second quarter scoring 35 points. Senior Kealy Hillhouse lead the way with several three pointers during the quarter. Heading into halftime, the Nettes held a 50-5 lead over Ridgeland.

The Nettes would score 35 points in the second quarter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the third quarter, the Nettes got multiple players involved in the scoring as they continued to lead the Lady Panthers going to the fourth, 65-7.

The Nettes defense was again very good

In the fourth quarter, the Nettes closed things out and picked up their third straight win overall and in the region with a 78-7 win over the Ridgeland Lady Panthers.

 

Nettes scoring leaders:

Kealy Hillhouse: 19 points

Amanda Nelson: 14 points

Reagan Harwood: 10 points

Cassidy Richards: 9 points

Emma Gleason: 9 points

 

7-AAAA Girls Basketball Standings:

Pickens: 4-2 (3-0)

Cedartown: 2-0 (1-0)

Northwest Whitfield: 1-2 (1-0)

Heritage: 4-3 (2-1)

Central-Carroll: 3-4 (1-1)

Ridgeland: 1-4 (0-3)

Southeast Whitfield: 0-5 (0-3)

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