Pickens Basketball Celebrates Season At Banquet

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Last night, the PHS Basketball program celebrated their seasons with their end of the year banquet. Coaches talked about the good things during the season, the growth of the players, & sang happy birthday to the birthday girl, Nettes’ varsity head coach Donna Enis.

 

The cheerleaders were up first to celebrate their season and recognize everyone that helped them throughout the year. After the cheerleaders were given their certificates, it was girls JV coach Jenna Shaw’s turn as she talked about her teams season. She had several freshman and young girls on the roster and sees great potential in the girls. Next up, was coach Beckham for the C-team (9th grade), while they did not win a game during the season, coach Beckham was very encouraged by the progress they made during the year.

 

After the C-Team, it was JV boys coach Bo Page’s turn to recognize his team and their season. He acknowledged his team for improving during the season and for helping the Varsity prepare for their games. It would be the Dragonettes turn to be recognized as coach Enis shared her thoughts on the season. She noted that while she had a young team, she was thrilled how they came together to be just one game shy of having back to back state tournament appearances.

 

Sophomore Mackenzie Hampton was recognized as an All-region player and Madison McClure, Ashley Nelson, & Autumn Young were recognized as Honorable Mentions for the All-Region team. Sophomore Shelby Cook took home the Biscuit Award given to the girl who drew the most charges. Ashley Nelson received the Academic Award for having the highest GPA on the team.

 

Kaitlin Redman then was awarded the Most Improved Award. The Offensive Player went to Mackenzie Hampton while the Defensive Player went to Madison McClure. The Coach Pruitt Award went to Taylor Wigington. Ashley Nelson was rewarded with the Sierra Stephens Heart of a Dragon Award & Madison McClure received the Sierra Stephens Memorial Scholarship. The MVP went to Autumn Young.

 

Last but not least, varsity boys coach Brad Steinhauer came up to the podium to talk about his team. He mentioned winning two games in one day to reach the state tournament and beating rival Gilmer four times in one season.

 

Holden Roop was recognized as All-Region for the Dragons & Trent Rizoti received All-Region Honorable Mention. Both players will be playing in the N. Ga All Star game on Thursday. Sam Davis was awarded the Defensive Player award while Holden Roop got the Offensive Player award.

 

Winner of the Academic Award was Avery Luke for having the team high GPA. The Best Rebounder Award went to Trent Rizoti. Tyler Garner took home the Jennings Key Memorial Award. The RJ Casey Spirit Award went to Joseph Gossett. The Heart of a Dragon Award went to Walker Lawrence. The Stephen Ledford Memorial Award went to DJ Walden. The Final award of the night was the MVP Award and was given to Holden Roop.

 

It was a great night celebrating everyone that had a part in making this season of PHS Basketball successful. Both teams have a lot of young talent and the future is bright for both the Nettes’ & Dragons.

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Nettes’ Defeat LaFayette One Win From State Tournament

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Last night, PHS Dragonettes’ varsity basketball team traveled to Southeast Whitfield to take part in the opening round of the 7-AAAA Region Tournament. Pickens, came into the ball game as the #5 seed and needed two wins if they wanted to make it to state. First, they had to get past LaFayette.

 

In the 1st quarter, the Nettes’ got off to a quick start. The Lady Ramblers got back into things by the end of the frame as Pickens held a 13-6 advantage going into the 2nd. In the 2nd quarter, both teams were pretty much evenly matched. The Nettes’, outscored LaFayette 9-8, to take a 22-14 lead into the break.

 

Starting with the 3rd, the 2nd half belonged to Pickens. The Nettes’ used a 20-5 quarter run to break their lead wide open, 42-19 going to the 4th. Pickens used a 17-11 run in the 4th to close things out and advance, 59-30.

 

Leading the way for the Nettes’ were:

Shelby Cook: 15 points, 1 assist, 7 rebounds, & 1 block

Mackenzie Hampton: 8 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, & 2 steals

Tessa Duncan: 8 points, 2 assists, & 1 rebound

Autumn Young: 6 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, & 1 block

Allie Stephens: 5 points, 1 rebound, & 3 steals

Shae Chadwick: 5 points, & 1 rebound

Torie Williams: 4 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal

Madison McClure: 3 points, 5 assists, 1 rebounds, 2 steals, & 1 block

Ashley Nelson: 3 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, & 2 steals

Kaitlin Redman: 2 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal

 

The Nettes’ will now prepare for their third match up of the season with the Region Tournament host team, the Southeast Whitfield Lady Raiders. The two teams split their regular season meetings but this match up, is the most important one as the winner advances to the state tournament. Tip off is scheduled for 4 p.m. tomorrow.

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Nettes’ Fall To Gilmer Will Face LaFayette On Monday

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Yesterday, the PHS Dragonettes’ varsity basketball team hosted the Gilmer Lady Cats in a make up game that was postponed due to a power outage. The two teams had already played the first half prior to the outage, and we set to play the 2nd half with the Nettes’ ahead, 28-24.

 

In the 3rd, both teams went back and forth as it was as intense as a rivalry game should be. Pickens and the Lady Cats each poured in 17 points a piece, and the Nettes’ still held the advantage going to the 4th, 45-41.

 

In the 4th and final quarter, Gilmer seized control. The Lady Cats used a 19-8 run and hit late free throws to take this one, 60-53. With the win, the Gilmer Lady Cats sealed up the #3 seed in next week’s region tournament.

 

Leading the way for the Nettes’ were:

Mackenzie Hampton: 18 points, 1 assist, 8 rebounds, & 2 steals

Autumn Young: 10 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, & 4 steals

Shelby Cook: 8 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, & 1 block

Madison McClure: 6 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal

Torie Williams: 6 points, & 2 assists

Ashley Nelson ended the night with 5 points, 2 assists, & 1 rebound & Kaitlin Redman added 4 rebounds.

 

The loss didn’t have any effect on the Nettes’ in the standings as they had already locked up the #5 seed in the upcoming region tournament. Their opponent will be the #8 seeded Lady Ramblers of LaFayette. The match up will take place at Southeast Whitfield and will be on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

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Nettes’ Sweep Ridgeland To Virtually Lock Up The 5th Seed

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Earlier this evening, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team hosted the Ridgeland Lady Panthers in a 7-AAAA region ball game. Coming into the game, Pickens were firmly in the 5th spot in the standings and looked to make that grip even tighter as they looked to get a repeat of their win in Rossville in early January and send the celebrating seniors and fans decked out in pink home happy.

 

In the 1st quarter, both teams came out slow on the offensive side of the ball. The scoring started quickly however as the Lady Panthers took a 13-9 lead into the 2nd. In the 2nd, the Nettes’ got things cranking. They outscored Ridgeland 17-12 to take a slim 26-25 lead going into the half.

 

As the 3rd quarter began, Pickens looked to add on to their lead. With the help of a 16-11 run, add on to their lead is exactly what they did as the Nettes’ took a 42-36 lead into the 4th. Holding a two possession lead going into the 4th and final quarter of play, Pickens sealed things with a 20-10 quarter run to come away with a 62-46 victory. The victory gives the Nettes’ a 7-6 record in region play and likely a 5th place region tournament seeding.

 

Leading the way for the Nettes’ were:

Autumn Young: 17 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds, & 3 steals

Mackenzie Hampton: 12 points, 1 assist, 9 rebounds, & 2 steals

Ashley Nelson: 10 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, & 2 steals

Shelby Cook: 9 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal, & 1 block

Kaitlin Redman: 8 points, 9 rebounds, & 2 steals

Madison McClure finished with 4 points, 10 assists, 3 rebounds, & 2 steals, while Torie Williams added 3 assists, and 1 rebound, & McKenna Kemp had 2 points.

 

The Nettes’ will have one more game before getting ready for the region tournament. Pickens will host the Gilmer Lady Cats on Thursday in a make up game originally planned for December. Tip off is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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Nettes’ Fall To Lady Cats; Prepare For Regular Season’s Final Week

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Last night, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team made the trek up 515 to take on their rival, the Gilmer Lady Cats. This game was the first of two make up games these teams have due to a power outage, and the snow storm.

 

In the first quarter, both teams tried to find a groove on offense. The Lady Cats were able to get something going as they took a 12-6 lead going into the 2nd. In the 2nd, Gilmer stretched their lead out to double digits. Using a 15-7 quarter run, the Lady Cats went into the break, up 27-13.

 

In the 3rd, the Nettes’ were in comeback mode as they made a little run in the quarter. Pickens outscored Gilmer 14-11, to make it 38-27. In the 4th, the Nettes’ tried everything they could to get back into the it using the inside game to draw fouls on the Lady Cat players, cutting the lead to 7 at one point. It would not be enough however as Gilmer was able to hit key shots down the stretch to take this one, 50-41.

 

Leading the way for the Nettes’ were:

Mackenzie Hampton: 10 points, 1 assist, 11 rebounds, & 2 steals

Ashley Nelson: 10 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal

Shelby Cook: 7 points, 1 assist, 7 rebounds, & 1 steal

Kaitlin Redman: 3 points, 10 rebounds, & 2 steals

Madison McClure, Torie Williams, & Autumn Young each had 3 on the night.

 

The Nettes’ now will turn their focus on the final week of the regular season in hopes of moving up from the 5th spot in the standings prior to the region tournament. Pickens will host the Lady Panthers of Ridgeland on Tuesday for Senior Night in the Dragons Den. Tip off is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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Nettes’ Fall To Lady Bruins Prepare For Weekend On The Road

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Last night, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team hosted the Lady Bruins of Northwest Whitfield. Pickens, came into the game 3rd in the region while the Lady Bruins came in tied for 1st with Heritage, and ranked 10th in the 4A poll.

 

The first quarter started out back and forth with both teams feeling one another out. Northwest Whitfield took the lead by the end of the quarter 22-8. The Lady Bruins added to their lead in the 2nd quarter by using a 13-6 run. Northwest Whitfield found themselves ahead at the half, 35-14.

 

In the 3rd, the Lady Bruins used a 21-10 quarter run. They led the way going to the 4th, 56-24. In the 4th, both teams scored 7 points each. Northwest Whitfield took this one, 63-31.

 

Leading the way for the Nettes’ were:

Mackenzie Hampton: 9 points, 1 assist, & 6 rebounds

Ashley Nelson: 5 points, & 5 rebounds

Madison McClure: 4 points, 2 assists, & 3 steals

Autumn Young: 3 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, & 3 steals

Shelby Cook: 3 points, & 3 rebounds

Kaitlin Redman had 2 points, 1 assist, & 7 rebounds, & McKenna Kemp had 2 points, & 2 rebounds.

 

The Nettes now find themselves tied for 4th in the region with their next opponent, the Southeast Whitfield Lady Raiders. Pickens will travel to take on the Lady Raiders looking for the regular season sweep. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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Nettes’ Fall To Lady Generals Prepare For Rivalry Game

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Last night, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team hosted the Lady Generals of Heritage in a match up of two of the top 3 teams in the region. Pickens, came into the ball game winners of 5 straight games and 4 straight region games.

 

The 1st quarter got off to a a fast start for the Nettes’. Pickens raced out to a 24-16 lead going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, Heritage got back in it using a 13-6 quarter run. The Nettes’ still held the slight lead over the Lady Generals 30-29 heading to the break.

 

The 3rd quarter saw both defenses for each team play shut down basketball. A total of 11 points were scored between the two teams as Pickens outscored Heritage 7-4 to take a 37-33 lead into the 4th. In the 4th, the Lady Generals offense exploded and were able to take the lead from the Nettes’. A 28-10 quarter run helped Heritage get a 61-47 win, ending the Nettes’ 5 game win streak.

 

Leading the way for the Nettes’ were:

Autumn Young: 13 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, & 2 steals

Mackenzie Hampton: 11 points, 1 assist, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, & 2 blocks

Madison McClure: 8 points, 4 assists, & 5 steals

Kaitlin Redman: 6 points, 4 rebounds, & 1 steal

Shelby Cook: 6 points, & 2 rebounds

Ashley Nelson finished with 4 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, & 3 steals, & Torie Williams had 3 assists, 2 rebounds, & 1 steal.

 

Pickens will look to start a new streak as they travel up 515 to take on the Gilmer Lady Cats on Friday. This game will have extra meaning to it because the winner will likely have 3rd place at the end of the night. Tip off scheduled for 7 p.m.

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Nettes’ Blow Past Lady Canes For 5th Straight Win

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This past Friday evening, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team traveled to take on the Lady Canes of Cartersville in 7-AAAA action. The Nettes’, came in riding a 4 game win streak with 3 of those 4 wins coming in region play.

 

In the first quarter, things went back and forth. Pickens came away with the first quarter lead, 12-9. Again in the 2nd, the ball game was tightly contested. The Nettes’ outscored the Lady Canes 13-8 to stretch their lead to 25-17 going into the half.

 

In the third, Pickens began to pull away. The Nettes’ used a 23-8 quarter run to grab a 48-25 lead going to the fourth. Cartersville outscored the Nettes’ 15-14 in the 4th, but that would not be enough. Pickens came away with a 62-40 win for their 5th straight. With the win, Pickens has now evened up their overall record at 9-9 and improved their region record to 6-2.

 

Leading the way for the Nettes’ were:

Autumn Young: 15 points, 2 assists, & 1 steal

Mackenzie Hampton: 11 points, 6 rebounds, & 3 steals

Madison McClure: 8 points, 9 assists, 1 rebound, & 3 steals

Ashley Nelson: 7 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, & 1 steal

Kaitlin Redman: 6 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, & 1 steal

Torie Williams finished with 6 points, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal, Tessa Duncan had 5 points, & 2 rebounds, Shae Chadwick had 3 points, & 1 rebound, & McKenna Kemp had 1 point & 2 rebounds.

 

The Nettes’ will bring their 5 game winning streak back home on Tuesday as they host the region leading Heritage Lady Generals. Heritage is tied at the top with Northwest Whitfield at 7-2 with Pickens just one game back in third at 6-2. Tip off is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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