Nettes take third in region, face Oconee County In playoffs

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After rain pushed the semi-finals back a day, snow decided that it wanted to push the 6-AAAA consolation and championship games to Monday. The first game up at Southeast Whitfield was the girls third place contest between the Pickens Dragonettes and the Lafayette Lady Ramblers. After a slow start for the Nettes, they took control of the game late and came away with a 68-61 victory.

 

The first quarter, started out a bit rough for the Nettes as getting anything to fall was proving to be quite the challenge. On the other hand, Lafayette got off to a hot start. At one point, the Lady Ramblers held a 14 point lead. Pickens cut it to 21-9 as we headed to the second.

Mykenzie Weaver driving in for a layup attempt

In the second quarter, things started to pick up for the Nettes both offensively and defensively. Pickens, outscored Lafayette 24-12 in the second including a buzzer beating three pointer by Sarah Morris to tie things up at 33 a piece going to the break.

Nettes defending Lafayette in the first half

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the third quarter, it was the Lady Ramblers getting off to a fast start again regaining the lead back. After that, the Nettes made another comebacke and took their first lead of the game at the four minute mark of the frame. Outscoring Lafayette 17–13 in the third, Pickens took a 50-46 lead into the fourth.

Nettes working the ball around

The fourth quarter was a back and forth frame as you would’ve expected with a game this close. The Nettes, outscored the Lady Ramblers 18-15 in the quarter and hit some timely free throws to pick up the win, 68-61.

 

Leading the way for the Nettes were:

Mykenzie Weaver: 35 points

Sarah Morris: 18 points

Allie Presley: 8 points

 

With the win, the Nettes will represent 6-AAAA as the third seed in the upcoming 4A State Tournament. They will travel to play the second seed from 8-AAAA, the Oconee County Lady Warriors in the first round. Game day and time are still to be determined.

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Nettes sweep Lafayette on senior night

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On Friday, the Pickens Dragonettes (14-7, 7-2) welcomed the Lafayette Lady Ramblers (12-8, 4-5) for a 6-AAAA contest. It was Senior Night in Jasper last night and the Nettes picked up another big win 59-56. Also, there was a little history made in the process.

 

The first quarter started out pretty evenly as we had a tie game, 6-6. From there, Pickens went on a 12-0 run to take an 18-6 lead before Lafayette hit a bucket. The Nettes, closed on a 5-0 run highlighted by a play by senior Mykenzie Weaver where she stole the ball in the corner, then turned around and shot a three pointer and sent the home crowd in a frenzy when it connected. Going to the second, Pickens led the Lady Ramblers 23-8.

Nettes setting up offense in the 1st

In the second quarter, Lafayette went on a run of their own and cut the Nettes lead down to 25-18 at one point. The Lady Ramblers would hit a layup just before the half ended to make it 28-21 Pickens as we went to the break.

Nettes looking to stop a drive through the lane

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the third quarter, again, Lafayette made a run. The Lady Ramblers had the Nettes lead down to just 32-29 at one time. During the third, we saw history made. Weaver, scored a bucket and that would be her 2,000th career point scored in a Dragonettes jersey. Time was called and she received a standing ovation from the home crowd and hugs from her teammates and coaches. After the mini celebration, Pickens had to refocus as they maintained their close lead on Lafayette. Going to the fourth, the Nettes held a 44-39 lead.

Mykenzie Weaver drawing a foul

Early in the fourth quarter, Lafayette hit one of two free throws to cut the Pickens lead to 44-40. Cassidy Richards stepped up and hit a big three for the Nettes to make it 47-40. With the score 47-46 Pickens, senior Sarah Morris got an open look and nailed a three to make it 50-46. After the Lady Ramblers made a free throw, Morris again launched a three point attempt that found it’s mark. Lafayette, would not go away as they again cut the Nettes lead down to 57-54. Another Nettes senior, Chloe Walker, calmly stepped to the line and hit two free throws to make it 59-54. Lafayette made a layup at the buzzer as Pickens came away with this one, 59-56.

 

Leading the way for the Nettes were:

Mykenzie Weaver: 31 points

Sarah Morris: 13 points

Reagan Harwood: 5 points

Cassidy Richards: 4 points

Carmyn Mullins: 2 points

Amanda Nelson: 2 points

Chloe Walker: 2 points

 

6-AAAA Girls Standings:

Gilmer: 14-5 (9-0)\

Northwest Whitfield: 16-5 (9-1)

Pickens: 14-7 (7-2)

Lafayette: 12-8 (4-5)

Southeast Whitfield: 5-15 (2-7)

Ridgeland: 2-16 (1-9)

Heritage: 4-17 (1-9)

 

Pickens, will again be home on Tuesday as they welcome the Gilmer Lady Cats to the Dragons Den. The Lady Cats, as you see above, lead 6-AAAA and the Nettes are two games back in third. This will surely be another exciting installment in the Pickens/Gilmer rivalry. Tip off is set for 6 pm.

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Big Second Half Sends Nettes’ Into State Tourney, Region Semi-finals

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Earlier today the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team made their way up to Dalton for the first round of the 2019 6-AAAA Region Tournament being held at Southeast Whitfield. Coming into the game, the Nettes, were the #4 seed & their opponent, the LaFayette Lady Ramblers, were the #5 seed. The winner, would not only punch their ticket to the 4A State Tournament, but advance to the semi-finals against the defending region champions Northwest Whitfield.

 

The Lady Ramblers came out and took control of the game early. This one looked like it had the makings of a tight one as the two teams headed to the 2nd quarter tied at 17. The 2nd quarter saw it stay very competitive. The Nettes, outscored LaFayette 15-9, with Sarah Morris hitting a three right before the buzzer to give Pickens a 32-26 lead at the half.

 

In the 3rd quarter, the Nettes, started to get a handle on things. Using great defense in the frame, Pickens outscored the Lady Ramblers 15-10 to increase their lead to 47-36, going to the 4th. Powered by a tremendous effort of defense in the 2nd half, the Nettes got the win over LaFayette, 58-44.

 

Stats:

Mykenzie Weaver: 23 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block

Torie Williams: 16 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds

Sarah Morris: 12 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 block

Amanda Nelson: 5 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds

Reagan Harwood: 2 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal

 

As mentioned above, with the win, the Nettes now advance to the 4A State Tournament, & move on to the semi-finals where they will take on the #4 seed Northwest Whitfield Lady Bruins. Tip off is scheduled for 7 pm on Thursday.

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Nettes’ Close Out Regular Season With Big Win On Senior Night

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Last night, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team hosted the Southeast Whitfield Lady Raiders for the regular season finale & Senior night. This game, was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but winter weather forced it to be moved to last night. Prior to the game beginning, Senior Torie Williams was recognized for scoring her 1,000th career point last Friday at Northwest Whitfield. Williams, became the 21st Nettes player with 1,000 career points, & the 2nd this season to join the club (Junior Mykenzie Weaver hit the feat prior to Christmas).

 

In the first quarter, it was neck & neck with both teams. The home team held a 11-8 lead over the Lady Raiders going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, Pickens extended their lead turning great defense into offense as they outscored Southeast Whitfield 25-9 in the frame. Williams, also broke her own record for most three’s in a season with the two she made in the quarter, Going into the half, the Nettes led, 36-17.

 

In the 3rd, the Nettes’ carried over the defense they displayed in the 2nd quarter as it led to some great transition opportunities for Pickens. The Nettes’, outscored the Lady Raiders 18-5 in the 3rd to take a 54-22 lead into the 4th. The Nettes’, closed things out in the 4th taking this one, 67-31.

 

Stats:

Torie Williams: 17 points, 7 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 steals

Sarah Morris: 11 points, 3 rebounds

Amanda Nelson: 10 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds, 1 steal

Mykenzie Weaver: 8 points, 1 steal

Olivia Simmons: 6 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal

Kealy Hillhouse: 4 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal

Cassidy Richards: 4 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block

Chloe Walker: 3 points, 1 assist, 2 steals

Ansley Parker: 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 1 block

Reagan Harwood: 2 points

Hattie Baker: 2 rebounds, 1 steal

 

Pickens, will now turn it’s attention to the 6-AAAA region tournament next week being held at Southeast Whitfield. The Nettes’, are the number 4 seed and will take on the number 5 seeded Lafayette Lady Ramblers in the first round on Monday. A win there puts you in the state tournament. Tip off is scheduled for 4:30.

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Weaver & Williams Power Nettes’ Past LaFayette, Showdown With Gilmer On Tuesday

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This past Friday night, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team hosted the Lady Ramblers of LaFayette in another key 6-AAAA meeting. Coming into the game, the Nettes’, firmly held onto the 4th spot in the region standings, with LaFayette behind them in 5th. Pickens, defeated a much improved LaFayette team earlier in the season, & came in looking for the sweep.

 

We saw a back & forth 1st quarter to start this ball game. In their last game, LaFayette gave the top team, Northwest Whitfield, all they could handle & this game had the makings of a tight one. Pickens, held a 12-10 lead going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, the Lady Ramblers made a run to take the lead from the Nettes’. Using a 16-12 quarter advantage, LaFayette grabbed a 26-24 lead into the break.

 

At the half, the 2018-19 PHS Athletics Hall of Fame inductees were recognized. The inductees included: former coach Harold Culbreth, baseball player Matthew Dunn, the Lawson Family, & former basketball/football/golf player & current Dragons assistant football & boys basketball coach Stephen Hunter.

In the 3rd, the offense for the Nettes’ came to life and reclaimed the lead from the Lady Ramblers. Using a 26-15 3rd quarter run, Pickens took a 50-41 lead over LaFayette going to the 4th & final quarter. In a close 4th quarter which saw the Nettes’ just outscore the Lady Ramblers 16-15, Pickens held on for a very important win, 66-56.

 

Stats:

Mykenzie Weaver: 32 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals

Torie Williams: 26 points, 7 assists, 2 rebounds, & 4 steals

Kealy Hillhouse: 4 points, 1 assist

Hattie Baker: 2 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, & 2 blocks

Ansley Parker: 2 points, 1 rebound

Olivia Simmons: 3 assists, 4 rebounds

Amanda Nelson: 1 assist, 5 rebounds

Reagan Harwood: 3 rebounds, 1 steal

Sarah Morris: 3 rebounds

Chloe Walker: 1 steal

 

The Nettes’, will have a busy week next week as they will have 3 games, all on the road. First up, the third & final regular season meeting with the Lady Cats of Gilmer. Gilmer, is currently in 2nd in the region standings at 7-2, just one game in front of Pickens who sit at 6-3. Tip off is set for 6 pm.

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Nettes’, Complete Season Sweep Of Ridgeland In A Big Way

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Last night, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team made the long trip up to Rossville to take on the Ridgeland Lady Panthers in 6-AAAA action. Pickens, came into the game coming off of a big upset over the Heritage Lady Generals, handing them their first region loss in the process, & were looking to keep momentum going with another region win.

 

The 1st quarter, started out slow for the road team until the 2nd unit came into the game. That 2nd unit, propelled the Nettes’ into the lead as we headed to the 2nd, Pickens up, 18-11. The Nettes’, extended their lead in the 2nd quarter with defense. The defense of the Nettes’ helped them to a 25-6 quarter run, to take a 43-17 lead going into the half.

 

In the 3rd, Pickens continued to lead as they used a 15-8 quarter run to extend their lead to 58-25 going to the fourth. In the 4th, the Nettes’, closed out the game with a 23-6 run to grab the win, 81-33.

 

Stats:

Mykenzie Weaver: 29 points, 8 rebounds, 10 steals

Torie Williams: 12 points, 5 assists, 1 rebound, 3 steals

Chloe Walker: 9 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound, 4 steals

Cassidy Richards: 8 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals

Sarah Morris: 7 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, 2 steals

Kealy Hillhouse: 5 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, 1 steal

Reagan Harwood: 3 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound

Olivia Simmons: 2 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block

Ansley Parker: 2 points, 6 rebounds

Hattie Baker: 2 points, 2 rebounds

Amanda Nelson: 2 assists, 3 rebounds

 

Pickens, will have the majority of next week off as they get ready for a home game next Friday as they host the LaFayette Lady Ramblers. Tip off is set for 7 pm.

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Nettes’ Win Third Straight, Host Gilmer On Tuesday

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Last night, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team made the trip up to Walker County to take on the LaFayette Lady Ramblers in a 6-AAAA region match up. Pickens, came in winners of two straight, & looking to improve to 2-1 in the region.

 

In the 1st quarter, it was the home team that took control early. After one, the Lady Ramblers led Pickens, 13-10. In the 2nd, the offense & defense for the Nettes’ picked  up. Pickens, outscored LaFayette 15-13 in the frame to cut the Lady Rambler lead to 26-25 at the half. In the 2nd quarter, Junior Mykenzie Weaver reached the 1,000 point mark for her career.

In the 3rd, the Nettes’ would grab the lead from LaFayette. Outscoring the Lady Ramblers 18-16, Pickens held a 43-42 lead going to the 4th. The 4th saw the Nettes’ pull away. Pickens, outscored LaFayette 22-12 in the final frame to get the win, 65-54.

 

Stats:

Mykenzie Weaver: 32 points, 2 assists, 6 rebounds, 5 steals

Torie Williams: 17 points, 9 assists, 5 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 block

Ansley Parker: 4 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block

Amanda Nelson: 3 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals

Kealy Hillhouse: 3 points, 2 rebounds

Olivia Simmons: 2 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, 3 blocks

Sarah Morris: 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 block

Reagan Harwood: 2 points, 1 rebound

 

The Nettes’ will be back home on Tuesday as they will welcome the Gilmer Lady Cats to the Dragons Den. Tip off is scheduled for 6 pm.

 

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Weaver’s 34 Points Powers Nettes’ Past Cedartown

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Last night, the PHS varsity Dragonettes basketball team was once again at home as they hosted some out of region competition in the form of the Cedartown Lady Bulldogs. Cedartown, is out of region 5 in 4A, & used to be a region opponent for Pickens. The Nettes’ were looking to build off of a big win over Ridgeland last Friday.

 

In the first quarter, the Lady Bulldogs got off to a real fast start. Things started to pick up for the Nettes’ towards the middle of the quarter, especially for Junior Mykenzie Weaver. Weaver, scored all of the 15 1st quarter points for the Nettes’ as Pickens led Cedartown 15-10, going to the 2nd. Weaver, continued her hot streak into the 2nd quarter as she scored 8 of the 11 Pickens points in the frame. The Nettes’, outscored the Lady Bulldogs 11-7 in the quarter, to give themselves a 26-17 lead, going into the break.

 

In the 3rd quarter, Cedartown looked to get back into the ball game. The Lady Bulldogs, outscored Pickens 13-10, to cut the Nettes’ lead down to 36-30, going to the 4th. In the 4th, the Nettes’ turned things up. Pickens, would outscore Cedartown 21-12 in the final frame, to secure a 57-42 win.

 

Stats:

Mykenzie Weaver: 34 points, 2 assists, 8 rebounds, 4 steals

Olivia Simmons: 10 points, 2 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 blocks

Torie Williams: 9 points, 7 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal

Hattie Baker: 2 points, 1 assist, 6 rebounds, 3 steals

Kealy Hillhouse: 2 points

Amanda Nelson: 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals

Sarah Morris: 2 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steals

 

The Nettes’, will be back on the road on Friday as they head to take on the LaFayette Lady Ramblers in a region contest. Tip off is scheduled for 7 pm.

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