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 fall in region semis, to play for third place

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After the 6-AAAA Region Tournament Semifinals were pushed back to Friday due to weather, the Pickens Dragonettes took to the road to take on the Northwest Whitfield Lady Bruins. The winner, would head to the championship game and secure a home playoff game in the 4A State Tournament. After a hard fought game, the Lady Bruins came away with a 56-46 win.

 

In the first quarter, both teams had things working for them early. Matching bucket for bucket, this one had the early making of a close one. Going to the second quarter, the Nettes held a slim lead over Northwest Whitfield, 16-15.

Nettes in-bounding the ball

In the second quarter, Pickens just couldn’t seem to get any shot to fall. The Lady Bruins, were able to take the lead in the second with a 9-2 quarter run. Heading into the half, Northwest Whitfield held a 24-18 advantage.

Pickens defending against Northwest Whitfield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the third quarter, the Nettes again ran into some bad luck as far as scoring went. Northwest Whitfield maintained, and even added to their lead over Pickens going to the fourth quarter.

Nettes working the ball around on offense

In the fourth, the Nettes went to their press style defense and had success with it cutting the Lady Bruins lead down to single digits at one point. Northwest Whitfield though was able to withstand the late charge and hit free throws down the stretch to get the win, 56-46.

 

Leading the way for the Nettes were:

Sarah Morris: 11 points

Mykenzie Weaver: 9 points

Cassidy Richards: 8 points

Allie Presley: 6 points

 

Pickens, is scheduled to play for third place this afternoon. The winner, will be the third seed in the 4A State Tournament and travel to Oconee County in the first round. Game time for the third place game is set for 4 pm. If it is postponed, it can be played no later than Monday.

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Dragonettes use big third quarter to help punch ticket to state

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Earlier tonight, Feb. 3, the Pickens Dragonettes traveled up to Dalton to take on the Southeast Whitfield Lady Raiders in the first round of the 6-AAAA Region Tournament. The Nettes, were the #3 seed, while the Lady Raiders came in a the #6 seed. The winner, would not only advance to the semifinals, but also to the 4A state tournament. After withstanding a tremendous effort by the Lady Raiders, Pickens pulled out the win, 70-53.

The Nettes, got off to a quick start in the first quarter getting several big buckets by Kealy Hillhouse and Mykenzie Weaver. Southeast Whitfield closed the gap to end the quarter as Pickens took a 16-12 lead into the second.

Nettes defending a fast break

The second quarter saw a ton of action by both teams. The frame saw the Nettes and Lady Raiders go bucket for bucket as this three versus six match up stayed very close. Southeast Whitfield outscored Pickens 19-18, as the Nettes took a slim 34-31 lead into the break.

Sarah Morris with the corner three

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the third quarter, the Nettes started to pull away. Combining great defense into offensive opportunities, and using a big 23-8 quarter run, Pickens took a 57-38 lead over the Lady Raiders heading to the 4th.

Mykenzie Weaver with the layup

In the fourth quarter, the Nettes were able to sustain any rally that the Lady Raiders had in mind and came away with the win over a very game Southeast Whitfield, 70-53.

Leading the way for the Nettes were:

Mykenzie Weaver: 27 points

Sarah Morris: 17 points (five three pointers)

Kealy Hillhouse: 6 points

Cassidy Richards: 6 points

Carmyn Mullins: 6 points

With the win, the Nettes will now move on to the 4A state tournament for the fourth year in a row, the eighth time in the last 10 years, and the 27th time overall. Before they can think about that though, they have a semifinal date with the #2 seed Northwest Whitfield Lady Bruins on Thursday. Winner advances to the region championship and secures a home game in the first round of the state tournament. Tip off is set for 4 pm with the game being played at Southeast Whitfield.

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Nettes’ end regular season strong

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Last night, the  PHS Dragonettes (17-8, 9-3) traveled up to Dalton to take on the Southeast Whitfield Lady Raiders (6-19, 2-10) in the final game of the regular season. Coming into the game, the Nettes knew they were going to be the 3rd seed in next week’s 6-AAAA region tournament. It was also a good possibility that their quarterfinal would be these same Lady Raiders. Pickens, gained momentum last night with an 80-39 win.

To start the game, Southeast Whitfield went on a 5-0 run. It seemed a lid was on the Nettes basket in the beginning, but a Reagan Harwood three helped start a 9-0 run to take a 9-5 lead. The teams would trade buckets in a very competitive opening quarter. Kealy Hillhouse, would hit a three to give the Nettes a 16-12 lead after one.

Nettes moving the ball early on

In the second quarter, after Southeast Whitfield cut the Nettes lead down to 27-19, Pickens went on a big run. Using a 10-0 run, the Nettes increased their lead to 37-19. Pickens, held a 40-21 lead going to the break.

Nettes defending the Lady Raiders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To begin the third, the Nettes went on an 8-0 run with threes by Mykenzie Weaver, Hillhouse, and a bucket by Chloe Walker. After a three by the Lady Raiders, Sarah Morris, Allie Presley, and Walker hit back to back to back threes to make it 57-24. Morris, would make another three, then just before the end of the quarter, Presley threw up a three point attempt and banked it in to make it 66-34 going to the fourth.

Chloe Walker going in for a layup

In a shortened 4th quarter, some of the younger Nettes got a chance to shine. Madison Powell made a pair of free throws, Jazmine Chastain made a bucket, Lilly Simmons made a bucket, and Emma Gleason hit a three and a free throw. Pickens, picked up the win, 80-39.

Leading the way for the Nettes were:

Mykenzie Weaver: 24 points

Sarah Morris: 11 points

Allie Presley: 9 points

Chloe Walker: 7 points

Kealy Hillhouse: 6 points

Pickens, ends the regular season at 17-8 overall, and 9-3 in 6-AAAA play. They will next play on Monday at 6 pm at Southeast Whitfield in the 6-AAAA Region Tournament as the the 3rd seed when they take on the 6th seeded Southeast Lady Raiders. The entire tournament will be played at Southeast Whitfield. The winner earns a place in the 4A state tournament.

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Nettes drop road game against Northwest Whitfield

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After upsetting their rival and 6-AAAA num. 1 seed Gilmer Lady Cats 70-66 in overtime on Tuesday, the Pickens Dragonettes (15-8, 8-3) traveled to Tunnel Hill to take on the Northwest Whitfield Bruins (18-6, 10-1) in a game where a potential tie for second place in the region was on the line. In a tough game, it was the Lady Bruins who came away with the 40-28 win.

 

In the first quarter, it was Cassidy Richards who got the scoring started for the Nettes with a pair of free throws. Northwest Whitfield tied it with a bucket to make it 2 a piece. Sarah Morris, who came up big in the game against Gilmer, hit a three to make it 5-3 after the Lady Bruins took the lead with a free throw. After Northwest Whitfield went on a 5-0 run, Mykenzie Weaver hit a three to tie things up at 8 as we headed to the second quarter.

Cassidy Richards hitting her second free throw

In the second quarter, the Lady Bruins came out on a 4-0 run with a pair of free throws and a bucket. Weaver, hit another three to make it 12-11. A big point in the game came in the second quarter when Weaver was called for her third foul. After that occurred, Northwest Whitfield went on a 5-0 run and led the Nettes 17-11 at the half in a low scoring affair.

Nettes playing tough defense on the Lady Bruins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weaver got things going in the third quarter with a bucket to cut the Lady Bruins lead down to 17-13. Northwest Whitfield would then open up the game a little bit with a 12-0 run making it 29-13. The Nettes, outscored the Lady Bruins 6-3 for the rest of the quarter, but trailed going to the fourth, 32-19.

Amanda Nelson with the ball on offense

After a bucket by Weaver cut the Northwest Whitfield lead down to 34-21 in the fourth, the Lady Bruins went on a 6-0 run to make it 40-21. The Nettes closed the game out strong on a 7-0 run, but Northwest Whitfield came away with the win, 40-28.

 

Leading the way for the Nettes were:

Mykenzie Weaver: 14 points

Cassidy Richards: 7 points

Sarah Morris: 3 points

Amanda Nelson: 2 points

Chloe Walker: 2 points

 

6-AAAA Girls Standings:

Gilmer: 15-6 (10-1)

Northwest Whitfield: 18-6 (10-1)

Pickens: 15-8 (8-3)

Lafayette: 13-9 (5-6)

Heritage: 7-17 (3-9)

Southeast Whitfield: 6-17 (2-9)

Ridgeland: 5-18 (1-10)

 

The Nettes, will be back in action on Saturday afternoon as they will take on the Adairsville Lady Tigers in non-region action. This game is a makeup game after weather forced it to be postponed. Tip off is set for 4 pm.

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Pickens Dragonettes defeat Lady Cats in overtime

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On Tuesday, the Pickens Dragonettes (15-7, 8-2) hosted the Gilmer Lady Cats (14-6, (9-1) in a rivalry battle with big region implications. The Lady Cats, hadn’t lost in region play up until this point and the Nettes, were simply looking to keep pace with Northwest Whitfield. It was one of those classics last night as Pickens defeated Gilmer in overtime by a score of 70-66.

 

In the first quarter, Mykenzie Weaver got things going for the Nettes with an opening bucket. The Lady Cats, came back with a three by Hope Colwell, and a bucket by Elly Callihan to make it 5-2 early on. Weaver, went on a quick 5-0 run herself to make it 7-5 Pickens. Both teams played the opening quarter very close as no lead grew higher than three. Going to the second, Gilmer led, 17-16.

Weaver driving into the lane

To start the second quarter, the Lady Cats went on a 6-0 run to stretch their lead to 24-16. Carmyn Mullins, would make two layups back to back, to cut the Gilmer lead down to 24-20. Later on, Weaver connected on a three pointer to cut it to 27-26, then Marlee McClure stepped up and drained a three pointer as well to give the Nettes a 29-28 lead. Jalynn Ledford, would make two late free throws to give the Lady Cats a 30-29 lead going into the break.

Gilmer looking to inbound the ball underneath their goal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To start the third quarter, both Elly Callihan and Weaver traded buckets with Elly Callihan getting the slight upperhand, 6-4. Colwell added a free throw and the Lady Cats led 37-34. That lead disappeared quickly as Reagan Harwood hit a three to tie things up at 37. Emma Callihan came right back with a three of her own to make it 40-37 Gilmer. Sarah Morris then came down on the other end and knocked down a three as well as it was raining threes inside the Dragons Den. Just before the end of the quarter, Weaver put up a three pointer and it found it’s mark, giving the Nettes a 50-48 lead going to the fourth.

Coach Thomas going over strategy with the Nettes

Elly Callihan made two free throws to start the fourth, to tie things up at 50. Morris, came down and hit another big three to give Pickens a 53-50 lead. Elly Callihan then hit four consecutive free throws to give the Lady Cats the lead, 54-53. Morris connected on a two pointer and the Nettes were back in front, 55-54. Gilmer, went on a 4-0 run to take a 58-55 lead. Harwood, split a double team, and found a wide open lane to the basket and made the layup to make it 58-57. After a Weaver basket cut the Lady Cats lead to one, the Nettes got a big stop on defense. Weaver, drove into the lane for a potential game winner and was fouled on the attempt. She would hit one of two free throws to tie it at 61. Gilmer had one final chance to win it in regulation as a desperation heave nearly went in. To overtime we went, tied at 61.

 

In the overtime period, Beth Burnette got things going for the Lady Cats with a three to make it 64-61. Morris, hit another three to tie it up at 64 a piece. Weaver then connected on a layup and a pair of free throws to give the Nettes a 68-64 lead. Gilmer hit a two pointer to make it 68-66. With little time remaining, Amanda Nelson stepped to the line, and calmly knocked down a pair of free throws to make it 70-66. The Lady Cats wanted a foul called after a three point attempt, but it was not called and time ran out as the Nettes handed Gilmer their first region loss of the season, 70-66.

 

Leading the way for the Nettes were:

Mykenzie Weaver: 38 points

Sarah Morris: 16 points

Reagan Harwood: 7 points

 

Leading the way for the Lady Cats were:

Elly Callihan: 20 points

Bailey Teague: 15 points

Jalynn Ledford: 10 points

 

On Friday, the Nettes will travel to Tunnel Hill to take on the Northwest Whitfield Lady Bruins in another key region meeting with the region tournament looming. Pickens, still has an outside shot at the #2 seed in the region tournament. They will need to defeat both Northwest and Southeast Whitfield and hope that the Lady Cats can defeat the Lady Bruins again. Tip off for the Nettes and Northwest Whitfield is set for 7 pm.

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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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Nettes sweep Ridgeland on alumni night

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The Pickens Dragonettes (13-7, 6-2) were home last night hosting the Ridgeland Lady Panthers (2-14, 1-7) in 6-AAAA action. The Nettes, were coming off of a big road win over the Heritage Lady Generals on Tuesday, and looked to keep that momentum built to this game.

 

In the first quarter, the Nettes raced out to a big lead. After Ridgeland got the first bucket of the game, Senior Mykenzie Weaver went on a personal 8-0 run to give Pickens an 8-2 early advantage. The rest of the quarter saw the Nettes outscore the Lady Panthers 21-8. Pickens, got three pointers from Weaver, Sarah Morris, and Allie Presley in the frame. Going to the second quarter, the Nettes led, 29-10.

Sarah Morris about to hit a three

In the second quarter, the Nettes would go on a 6-0 run led by Presley and Cassidy Richards. Ridgeland went on a mini 4-0 run to cut the Pickens lead to 35-14. The Nettes, closed the half on an 18-0 run using great defense to turn into offense, as they led 53-14 at the break.

Nettes on defense against the Lady Panthers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pickens, started off the third quarter with a 7-0 run led by Weaver and Morris. The third quarter would be a close quarter scoring wise as the Nettes just did outscore the Lady Panthers, 21-18. Going to the fourth, Pickens continued to lead, 74-32.

Emma Gleason with the layup

In the fourth quarter, the Nettes mixed and matched some of the JV players with a couple of starters and they made the most of their opportunities. In a shortened quarter, Pickens outscored Ridgeland 15-4, to take home the win, 89-36.

 

Leading the way for the Nettes were:

Mykenzie Weaver: 38 points

Sarah Morris: 13 points

Allie Presley: 10 points

Emma Gleason: 8 points

 

After the game, Nettes alumni and coaches were honored. Members of Nettes teams from the 1960’s till now were recognized.

Nettes players and coaches on Alumni Night

6-AAAA Girls Basketball Standings:

Gilmer: 12-5 (7-0)

Northwest Whitfield: 11-4 (7-1)

Pickens: 13-7 (6-2)

Lafayette: 12-6 (4-3)

Southeast Whitfield: 4-15 (1-7)

Heritage: 4-15 (1-7)

Ridgeland: 2-14 (1-7)

 

Pickens, will be back on the road this afternoon as they head to Adairsville to take on the Lady Tigers in non-region action. jam packed afternoon with both boys and girls JV teams playing at 3 pm and 4:30 pm. The Nettes, will tip off at 6 pm.

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