Dragonettes Open 2018-19 Basketball Season Against Forsyth Central

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Last night, the PHS Nettes’ varsity basketball team welcomed the Forsyth Central Lady Bulldogs to the Dragons Den to tip off the 2018-19 campaign. Forsyth Central, is out of region 5 in the 7-A classification, so this would be a big, early test for Pickens coming off of a sweet 16 appearance in the 4-A tournament last season.


As you can imagine, both teams were looking to find a rhythm early on in this opening game of the season. Forsyth Central, used a run to propel them to a lead after the first quarter with a score of 19-5. The offense, picked up a little bit for the Nettes’ and in turn, the defense also picked up towards the end of the first half. The Lady Bulldogs held a 35-15 lead at the break.


Pickens, again continued to improve in the 2nd half as they outscored their 1st half point total in the 3rd as they put up 19 points. Forsyth Central continued to hold the lead going to the 4th, 58-34. The Nettes’, then outscored the Lady Bulldogs in the 4th, 15-13. Forsyth Central got the win, 71-49.



Mykenzie Weaver: 16 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal

Torie Williams: 16 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, & 1 steal

Hattie Baker: 4 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound

Ansley Parker: 3 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals

Cassidy Richards: 3 points, 1 rebound

Chloe Walker: 2 points

Sarah Morris: 2 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds

Kealy Hillhouse: 2 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 blocks

Amanda Nelson: 1 point, 2 assists, 5 rebounds

Olivia Simmons: 5 assists, 2 rebounds

Reagan Harwood: 2 rebounds


The Nettes’, will be back on the court this Saturday afternoon as they take on the Fannin Lady Rebels on Day 1 of the annual Thanksgiving Tournament. the Nettes’ will open up the tournament against the Lady Rebels at 3 pm, followed by the Dragons, who will be making their season debut against the Rebels, at 4:30. Games will be played at Gilmer High School. The Tournament, will start on Saturday, continue on Monday, & conclude on Tuesday.


3rd Quarter A Difference Maker As Dragons Fall To 7A Forsyth Central

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Yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team traveled to Cumming, Ga to take on the Forsyth Central Bulldogs of 7A. The Bulldogs, got the win over Pickens last month in the opening game of the season and the Dragons were looking to return the favor in the Forsyth Central Arena.


In the 1st, both teams played it pretty close. The Bulldogs lead things going to the 2nd, 15-11. In the 2nd, Forsyth Central went on a little run to stretch their lead out. A 20-8 run gave the Bulldogs a 35-19 lead going into halftime.


In the 3rd, nothing would fall for the Dragons. Forsyth Central used a 14-3 quarter run to widen the gap on Pickens 49-22 going to the 4th. The Dragon offense got back on track in the fourth outscoring the Bulldogs 13-12. It would not be enough as Forsyth Central picked up the win, 61-35.


The Dragons were led by:

Avery Luke: 9 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds, & 1 steal

Zach Goss: 6 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal & 1 block

Blake Gorth: 4 points, 4 rebounds, & 3 blocks

Seth Bishop: 3 points, 3 assists, 4 rebounds, & 1 block

Matthew Stewart: 3 points, 1 assist, & 1 rebound

Avonta Johnson: 3 points

Hunter Jordan: 2 points, 5 rebounds, & 1 block

Joseph Gossett: 2 points, & 1 steal

Hunter Fowler: 2 points, & 1 rebound

Chase Simmons: 1 point, 1 assist, & 2 rebounds

Hunter Hermann: 1 assist, 1 rebound, & 1 block


Pickens, will have the bulk of next week to get ready for region play once again as they’ll host the Bruins of Northwest Whitfield this coming Friday. The Dragons will look to end the skid and pick up their first region win.


‘Nettes Win 3rd Straight, Sweep 7A Forsyth Central

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Yesterday afternoon, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team traveled to Forsyth County to take on the Lady Bulldogs of Forsyth Central in a non-region affair. These two teams met last month inside the Dragons Den to open up the season, with Pickens coming away with a 61-54 win.


In the 1st, both teams struggled to get anything going early on. As the quarter went on, both teams found some offense and were tied at 11 going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, things still remained tightly contested between the two teams. The ‘Nettes were able to build a lead of 23-17 to send us to the half.


Both teams proved to be fairly even during the ball game and it continued to show in the 3rd. Both sides would score 9 points each in the frame with Pickens still leading, 32-26 going to the 4th. In the 4th, the ‘Nettes were able to hold off any comeback attempt by the Lady Bulldogs and make the shots they needed to get the 43-36 win.


Leading the way for the ‘Nettes were:

Mackenzie Hampton: 11 points, 9 rebounds, & 1 steal

Shelby Cook: 10 points, 8 rebounds, & 1 steal

Ashley Nelson: 5 points, 6 rebounds, & 2 steals

Mykenzie Weaver: 5 points, 5 rebounds, & 1 steal

Madison McClure: 4 points, 6 assists, 1 rebound, 2 steals, & 1 block

Torie Williams: 4 points, 1 assist, & 4 rebounds

Autumn Young: 4 points, & 2 rebounds

Taylor Wigington: 2 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 steals

Allie Stephens: 4 rebounds & 1 steal


The ‘Nettes will have this upcoming week to prepare for another big test. Pickens will be hosting the Lady Bruins of Northwest Whitfield this coming Friday. The Lady Bruins, are a highly regarded team and are even ranked in the top ten of some polls.


Bobcats Best Dragons In Emotional Rivalry Game

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Tonight, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team hosted their rival, Gilmer Bobcats in the Dragons Den for 6-AAAA region play. Pickens, came into the game looking to extract a little revenge on their 515 counterpart after falling in the final seconds last week in Ellijay.


In the 1st quarter both teams traded buckets going back and forth. The 1st quarter ended the way it began with both teams tied up up at 11 a piece. In the 2nd, things looked almost dead even between the two schools. Gilmer made a mini run to end the 1st half with the lead, 27-23.


In the 3rd, the Dragons got things going and fought back into the game. Pickens outscored the Bobcats 20-15 to take a slim 43-42 lead going into the 4th. In the 4th, the game could have gone either way with both teams momentum hanging in the balance. Gilmer made a big run to end the game aided by a lot of points coming from the free throw line giving them the win, 65-53.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Seth Bishop: 13 points, 1 assist, 9 rebounds, & 3 blocks

Hunter Hermann: 11 points, 5 rebounds, & 2 steals

Joseph Gossett: 8 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, & 2 steals

Blake Gorth: 8 points, 4 assists, & 8 rebounds

Avery Luke: 5 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, & 2 steals

Matthew Stewart: 3 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound, 2 steals, & 1 block

Hunter Jordan: 3 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, & 1 steal


Pickens cannot dwell on this tough loss too much as they will be back in action tomorrow afternoon as they travel to take on the Bulldogs of Forsyth Central in an out of region contest. Tip off is scheduled for 4 p.m.


‘Nettes Get Big Region Win Over Lady Cats

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Tonight, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team hosted their rival, Gilmer Lady Cats in the Dragons Den for a highly anticipated match up. These two teams came down to the wire last week in the Thanksgiving Tournament, with Gilmer coming out on top. This time, it counts in the region standings with both coming in at 1-0.


In the 1st, it would be the Lady Cats getting out to an early lead. The ‘Nettes however, got the three ball working and took a 19-10 lead going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, Pickens turned up the intensity both offensively and defensively. The ‘Nettes outscored Gilmer 22-11 in the frame to extend their lead 41-21 going into the half.


In the 3rd, Pickens continued it’s success from the 1st half. Outscoring the Lady Cats in the 3rd, 17-13, the ‘Nettes took a 58-34 lead going to the 4th and final quarter of play. The 4th saw Pickens close things out and get a 72-47 win over Gilmer. With the win, Pickensis now 5-2 on the season and tied for 1st in 6-AAAA at 2-0.


Leading the way for Pickens would be:

Torie Williams: 22 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, & 2 steals 4-5 on three pointers

Mykenzie Weaver: 11 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, & 1 block

Tessa Duncan: 9 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, & 2 steals

Madison McClure: 6 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound, & 1 steal

Mackenzie Hampton: 6 points, 1 assist, & 10 rebounds

Taylor Wigington: 5 points, 4 assists, & 4 rebounds

Ashley Nelson: 4 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds, & 1 steal

Autumn Young: 3 points, 7 assists, 1 rebound, & 3 steals

Shelby Cook: 3 points, 2 rebounds, & 1 block


Pickens will have little rest time as they will be on the road tomorrow as they take on out of region opponent, the Forsyth Central Lady Bulldogs. The ‘Nettes picked up an early win against the 7A school at home and look to sweep the season series tomorrow afternoon. Tip off scheduled for 2:30 p.m.


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