Late afternoon yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team traveled to Southeast Whitfield to begin their part of the 6-AAAA Region Tournament. Pickens, came in as the #6 seed, while their opponent, the Heritage Generals, came in as the #3 seed. Pickens & Heritage split their meetings during the regular season. The winner, would advance to the 4A State Tournament, & to the semifinals.
In the 1st, the Dragons came out aggressive, & making three pointers early. Tucker Lowe hit 3 three’s, & Andrew Smith nailed a three to lead Pickens to a 18-16 lead after the 1st quarter. In the 2nd quarter, the Generals made a run, but the Dragons were able to keep it close. Going into the break, Heritage led Pickens, 32-28.
The 3rd quarter saw the Generals pull away a little bit using a 20-9 quarter run, but remember, we have seen Pickens come back from down double digits in the 2nd half in games late this season. Going to the 4th, Heritage held a 52-37 advantage. In the 4th, both teams scored 11 points a piece, as the Generals came away with the win, 63-48.
Tucker Lowe: 15 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Zach Goss: 14 points, 2 assists, 5 rebounds
Andrew Smith: 10 points, 2 blocks
Hunter Hermann: 5 points, 3 assists, 13 rebounds, 6 steals
Owen Moss: 2 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 steals
Noah Sutton: 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal
After the Nettes’ big win, the Dragons took the floor to take on the Raiders of Southeast Whitfield in their final game of the regular season. Coming into the game, Pickens knew where they would be next week when the region tournament starts, but looked to get some momentum built going into it.
Southeast Whitfield, got off to the quick start in the opening quarter, but the Dragons were able to cut into the lead & the Raiders held a 14-9 advantage going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, the Raiders outscored Pickens 16-9, to extend their lead to 30-18 going into the break.
In the 3rd, the Raiders outscored the Dragons slightly, 14-12, to extend their lead to 44-30, going to the 4th and final quarter. In the 4th, Pickens, did what they’ve done lately & made things interesting at the end. Trailing by 14 to start the frame, the Dragons stormed back and got within a couple of points of Southeast Whitfield. Pickens, outscored the Raiders 21-14 in the 4th, but Southeast Whitfield was able to hit a few late free throws to seal it, 58-51.
Zach Goss: 22 points, 2 assists, 8 rebounds, 2 steals
Hunter Hermann: 10 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 blocks
Brady Moore: 7 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block
Seth Bishop: 6 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds
Owen Moss: 2 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal
Tucker Lowe: 2 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds
Hayes Pickett: 2 points
Pickens, will now look towards the 6-AAAA Region Tournament being held at Southeast Whitfield next week. The Dragons, will come in as the 6th seed, & take on the 3rd seeded Heritage Generals in the 1st round on Tuesday. Pickens & Heritage split their two regular season meetings with each winning on the others floor. Tip off is set for 6 pm.
The Dragons, like their Nettes’ contemporaries, have had an up & down week. On Tuesday, they fell at the last second to their rival Gilmer. On Friday, they went on the road to Northwest Whitfield, & stunned the Bruins after being down 14 in the 3rd quarter. Saturday, they went back on the road to take on a 17-4 Christian Heritage team in the final non-region game for the regular season.
In the first quarter, the Dragons started off on a 6-0 run. The Lions, closed the quarter on a 15-6 run to take a 15-12 lead over Pickens, going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, Christian Heritage was able to extend their lead using a 23-12 quarter run. Going into halftime, the Lions held a 38-24 lead over the Dragons.
In the 3rd, Pickens slowly started to make a comeback. Outscoring the Lions 16-14, the Dragons trailed Christian Heritage 52-40. In the 4th, the Dragons were able to cut the Lions lead all the way down to 4. However, Christian Heritage was able to hit some late free throws to pull away & get the win, 68-58.
Seth Bishop: 25 points, 1 assist, 8 rebounds, 1 steal
Hunter Hermann: 14 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 blocks
Tucker Lowe: 12 points, 1 assist, 1 steal
Owen Moss: 3 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal
Zach Goss: 2 points, 3 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks
Brady Moore: 2 points, 1 rebound
The Dragons, are scheduled to host the Southeast Whitfield Raiders for Senior Night on Tuesday at 7:30. However, that game might be moved due to the probability of some incoming winter weather. Keep an eye out for any game time changes this upcoming week.
The Dragons, came into this game looking to avenge a loss from earlier in the season, & to try and rebound after a tough last second loss in Ellijay on Tuesday night.
In the first quarter of this one, it was the away team that got out to the quick start as Pickens jumped out to a 9-2 lead early on. As the quarter came to a close, the Dragons kept their early lead, and took a 16-12 advantage over Northwest Whitfield going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, the Bruins got things going on their end outscoring Pickens 25-14, to take a 37-30 lead going into the break.
Pickens came back in the 3rd quarter & cut into the Bruins lead, keeping it within striking distance. The Dragons, outscored Northwest Whitfield 18-17 in the frame as the Bruins held a 54-48 lead going to the 4th. In the 4th, the Pickens offense exploded. The Dragons, using a 30-17 run in the final quarter, took this one away from Northwest Whitfield & picked up the win, 78-71.
Seth Bishop: 22 points, 4 assists, 13 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks
Tucker Lowe: 21 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds
Zach Goss: 14 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Hunter Hermann: 10 points, 6 assists, 8 rebounds, 3 steals
Brady Moore: 6 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds
Owen Moss: 4 points, 2 assist, 1 rebound
Alex Snelgrove: 1 point, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Like the Nettes’, the Dragons will also be in Dalton later today as they take on the Christian Heritage Lions in non-region action. Tip off scheduled for 5:30.
After the girls game, it was time for the Dragons to take the floor against the Bobcats. Like the Lady Cats, the Bobcats came in 2nd in the region, with Pickens a little further back in 6th, but still with time to make some noise prior to the region tournament.
Much like the game before this one, both teams traded buckets with one another the entire first quarter. Gilmer, took a 13-11 lead going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, it remained close towards the end of the half when the Bobcats made a run. Gilmer, outscored the Dragons 21-12 to take a 34-23 lead into the break.
The scoring in the 3rd quarter remained close as the Bobcats barely outscored Pickens 12-11, but in the process stretched their lead by one, 46-34, going to the 4th & final quarter. In the 4th, the Dragons made a furious comeback. Down 12 to start the quarter, Pickens outscored the Bobcats 18-7 in the frame. As the clock was draining down to the final seconds, the Dragons had three opportunities for the the game winning shot. However, the shots wouldn’t fall, & the Bobcats escaped with a 53-52 win.
Seth Bishop: 23 points, 2 assists, 14 rebounds, 3 steals
Tucker Lowe: 12 points, 3 assists, 1 steal
Zach Goss: 11 points, 3 assists, 8 rebounds
Hunter Hermann: 4 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals
Owen Moss: 2 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block
The Dragons, will look to shake off that tough defeat as they head to Northwest Whitfield to take on the Bruins in another region match up. Tip off scheduled for 8:30.
After the Nettes’ took care of business in their game, it was the Dragons turn to take the court. Their opponent, the region leading LaFayette Ramblers who, coming into the game, had only lost one game the entire season. The Ramblers, took game one of the season series earlier in the year, & Pickens looked to even the series, & shock the region in the process.
In the opening quarter, the Dragons came out on fire. Pickens, used a great combination of offense & defense to jump out to a 21-11 lead over LaFayette going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, the Ramblers started getting things going for themselves. They used a 21-6 quarter run, to take a 32-27 lead over the Dragons going into halftime.
In the 3rd quarter, the scoring in the quarter remained close as LaFayette barely outscored Pickens 19-15. Going to the 4th, the away team held the lead, 51-42. In the 4th & final quarter, the Ramblers used a 21-18 run, & some late free throws to seal the win, 72-60.
Hunter Hermann: 16 points, 3 assists, 6 rebounds
Zach Goss: 12 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds
Tucker Lowe: 12 points
Seth Bishop: 10 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks
Brady Moore: 6 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds
Alex Snelgrove: 4 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds
Owen Moss: 4 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 steals
The Dragons, will kick off a 3 game road trip on Tuesday as they’ll head to Ellijay to take on the Gilmer Bobcats in a big time region game. Like the Lady Cats, the Bobcats sit in 2nd place in the region standings while the Dragons currently sit in 6th. Tip off is set for 7:30 pm.
This week’s #TeamFYNSports Sports Writer Basketball Players of the Week are freshman Amanda Nelson, & senior Hunter Hermann. Both had good games this week. Amanda against Heritage & Ridgeland, & Hunter against Heritage, Ridgeloand, & Forsyth Central. The Nettes’, went 2-0 this week while the Dragons went 2-1.
For Amanda Nelson, not only did she make an impact during this week’s games, she’s done it all season. Starting as a freshman, she routinely guards one of, if not the opposing teams best players & holds her own very well. Offensively, she does the dirty work. Grabbing rebounds & hustling for loose balls. Against Heritage, Nelson scored 3 points, had 5 assists, & grabbed 2 rebounds while defending a senior on the Lady Generals team that is one of their top two options. Against Ridgeland, she had 2 assists & 3 rebouns, while once again playing very well defensively.
Hunter Hermann, recently returned to the basketball court after sustaining an injury late during football season. Since his return, He’s done very well contributing to the Dragons. Against the Generals of Heritage, Hermann finished with 13 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, & 2 blocks. Against Ridgeland, He put up 12 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, & 3 steals. Yesterday against Forsyth Central, Hermann ended up with 3 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, & a steal.
The Nettes’ & Dragons only have one game next week as they will welcome the Lady Ramblers & Ramblers of LaFayette to the Dragons Den for big time region match ups. The Nettes’, will get it started at 7 pm, & the Dragons will follow at 8:30.
Yesterday afternoon, the Dragons varsity basketball team hosted the Forsyth Central Bulldogs out of the 7A classification for a non-region contest. Pickens, came into the ball game having won back to back region games against Heritage & Ridgeland, & looked to end the week with their 3rd straight win.
The first quarter of this game was much like the Dragons game against Ridgeland the other night, back & forth. The visiting Bulldogs, took a one point lead going to the 2nd, 13-12. In the 2nd quarter, the two teams remained close, but Forsyth Central was able to extend it’s lead slightly over Pickens going to the break, 28-22.
In the 3rd, the Bulldogs, would outscore the Dragons by ten, 20-10, to take a 48-32 lead going to the 4th & final quarter of play. The 4th quarter was closely played as Forsyth Central outscored Pickens 20-14, to seal the win, 68-46.
Seth Bishop: 23 points, 2 assists, 9 rebounds, 1 steal
Zach Goss: 7 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds
Tucker Lowe: 4 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound
Owen Moss: 4 points, 1 rebound
Hunter Hermann: 3 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal
Brady Moore: 3 points, 2 rebounds
Alex Snelgrove: 2 points, 1 rebound
Pickens, will be in action on Friday as they host the LaFayette Lady Ramblers & Ramblers for key region match ups. The Nettes’, will start things off at 7 pm, followed by the Dragons at 8:30 pm.