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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nettes earn sweep over Heritage after road win

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The Pickens Dragonettes (12-7, 5-2) were on the road last night as they took on the Heritage Lady Generals (4-13, 1-6) in 6-AAAA region play. The Nettes, had already defeated the Lady Generals once this season, and came into this one looking for the regular season sweep to keep third place all to themselves.

 

The first quarter started out with an early free throw by the Lady Generals. Allie Presley, gave the Nettes their first lead of the game with a bucket to make it 2-1. Heritage then went on a 5-0 run, to reclaim the early lead, 6-2. Pickens, went on a run themselves led by Cassidy Richards and Carmyn Mullins. Richards, hit two free throws, then Mullins went on a personal 5-0 run including two buckets and a free throw to make it 9-7 Nettes. Pickens, outscored Heritage 12-4 for the remainder of the quarter to take a 21-11 lead into the second.

 

Nettes working the ball inside 

Early in the second quarter, the Nettes went on a 7-0 run fueled by three pointers by Presley and Richards. After a bucket by Heritage, Marlee McClure stepped into a three pointer and connected and Mullins nailed a bucket to make it 33-14. The Lady Generals hit a pair of free throws to close out the half with Pickens ahead, 33-16.

Nettes looking to prevent a bucket

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Right out of the gates in the third quarter, Chloe Walker hit a three pointer to give the Nettes a 36-16 lead. Heritage, came right back with a three of their own and we were underway in the second half. Pickens went on a little 5-0 run after the Lady Generals three pointer with Mykenzie Weaver making a bucket and Richards hitting a three. Heritage, outscored the Nettes in the third. 13-9, but Pickens continued to lead, 45-29, going to the fourth.

Reagan Harwood attempting a three

In the fourth quarter, Heritage cut the Nettes lead down to 11 on two occasions, but a 9-0 sparked by five straight points from Sarah Morris helped put the game out of reach. The Nettes took this one, 67-47.

 

Leading the way for the Nettes were:

Mykenzie Weaver: 15 points

Cassidy Richards: 12 points

Carmyn Mullins: 10 points

Allie Presley: 10 points

Sarah Morris: 6 points

 

6-AAAA Girls Standings:

Gilmer: 12-5 (7-0)

Northwest Whitfield: 10-4 (6-1)

Pickens: 12-7 (5-2)

Lafayette: 11-6 (3-3)

Ridgeland: 2-13 (1-6)

Heritage: 4-14 (1-6)

Southeast Whitfield: 4-14 (1-6)

 

Pickens, will be back at home on Friday as they welcome the Ridgeland Lady Panthers to the Dragons Den. The Nettes, have already earned one victory over the Lady Panthers and will look to do so again. Tip off is set for 6 pm.

 

 

 

Nettes fall to lady bruins in region match up

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The Pickens Dragonettes (11-7, 4-2) hosted the Northwest Whitfield Lady Bruins (9-4, 5-1) on Saturday in a big time 6-AAAA ball game. Both teams came into the game tied for 2nd place in the region. For the Nettes, they came in riding a four game win streak as well and looked to build off of their win on Friday against Southeast Whitfield.

 

In the first quarter, the two teams trade three pointers to open the game. Allie Presley gave the Nettes their first lead of the game with a three pointer of her own. Northwest Whitfield, then went on an 11-0 run to reclaim the lead 14-6. Mykenzie Weaver went on a mini 4-0 run with two free throws and a bucket to cut the Lady Bruins lead down to four. Reagan Harwood and Presley would hit back to back three pointers to tie things up at 16. Northwest Whitfield would close the quarter on a 7-0 run, including a buzzer beating three, to take a 23-16 lead into the second.

Nettes looking for an open shot

In the second quarter, both teams would trade buckets for a time. The Lady Bruins were able to stretch their lead up to 11 at one point. Going towards halftime, the Nettes went on a 6-0 run to cut the Northwest Whitfield lead down to 37-32 at the break.

Nettes defending the pass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third quarter, would turn out to be the turning point in this game. Northwest Whitfield, outscored the Nettes in the third, 25-11, to take a 62-43 lead as we headed to the fourth.

Allie Presley looking to drive

The fourth quarter, was again close like the majority of the game really was. The Lady Bruins, barely outscored Pickens 11-10 in the final frame to get the win, 73-53.

 

Leading the way for the Nettes were:

Mykenzie Weaver: 22 points

Allie Presley: 12 points

Reagan Harwood: 7 points

 

6-AAAA Girls Standings:

Gilmer: 11-5 (6-0)

Northwest Whitfield: 9-4 (5-1)

Pickens: 11-7 (4-2)

Lafayette: 11-7 (3-3)

Southeast Whitfield: 4-13 (1-5)

Heritage: 4-13 (1-5)

Ridgeland: 2-12 (1-5)

 

Pickens, will be on the road Tuesday as they head to Catoosa County to take on the Lady Generals of Heritage. The Nettes, have already defeated Heritage once this season by a score of 67-58. Tip off is set for 6 pm.

‘Nettes ring in new year with fourth-straight win

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On Friday, Jan. 3, the Pickens Dragonettes (11-6, 4-1 Region 6-AAAA) welcomed the Southeast Whitfield Lady Raiders (4-13, 1-5) to the Dragons Den to open up the 2020 portion of the schedule. Pickens came in winners of three straight to close out 2019 and looked to carry that momentum into the new decade.

The first quarter saw a really close contest as both teams seemed to trade made shots for the better portion of the frame. With the score tied early at six, the ‘Nettes went on a quick 6-0 run with 3-pointers from Kealy Hillhouse and Chole Walker to take a 12-6 lead. The Lady Raiders outscored Pickens 7-5 the rest of the quarter, but the ‘Nettes took a 17-13 lead going to the second.

The ‘Nettes started the second quarter with a 6-0 run thanks to a made shot by Cassidy Richards, a 3-pointer by Sarah Morris, and a free throw by Hillhouse. Southeast Whitfield went on an 8-0 run to cut the lead down to 23-21. Pickens followed that with a big 15-0 run to open the game up a little bit. Going into halftime, the ‘Nettes led the Lady Raiders, 38-23.

The third quarter mirrored the first quarter as the two teams went back-and-forth. Pickens outscored Southeast Whitfield 21-15 in the frame to maintain their lead at 59-38.

In the fourth quarter the ‘Nettes brought in a few reserve players to get more varsity experience, and they played well. Both teams scored 13 points in the fourth quarter as the ‘Nettes picked up their first win of the new decade and their fourth-straight overall by a score of 72-51.

Leading the way for the Nettes were Sarah Morris (17 points), Mykenzie Weaver (11 points), Kealy Hillhouse (nine points), Reagan Harwood (seven points), and Cassidy Richards (six points).

6-AAAA Girls Region Standings:

Gilmer: 11-4 (6-0)

Pickens: 11-6 (4-1)

Northwest Whitfield: 8-4 (4-1)

Lafayette: 10-6 (3-3)

Southeast Whitfield: 4-13 (1-5)

Heritage: 4-12 (1-5)

Ridgeland: 2-12 (1-5)

On Saturday, Jan. 3, the ‘Nettes will be right back at it as they host the Northwest Whitfield Lady Bruins in another big 6-AAAA game. Tip-off is set for 3 pm. During halftime, the 1999-’00 Dragons basketball team will be recognized.

Nettes end 2019 in big fashion

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The PHS Dragonettes, (10-6, 3-1) looked to end the decade on a high note as they hosted the Lassiter Lady Trojans (1-13, 0-2) in the third and final day of the Pickens Holiday Tournament. Coming into the game, Pickens won their first two games of the tournament, and looked to sweep the whole thing.

 

In the first quarter, the Lady Trojans were first on the board with a three pointer. Senior Mykenzie Weaver, would then go on a personal 7-0 run for the Nettes as Pickens claimed the lead. Lassiter would hit a shot, then the Nettes went on a 9-0 run courtesy of three pointers from Sarah Morris, Chloe Walker, and Kealy Hillhouse. From then on, Pickens outscored the Lady Trojans 11-2, to take a 27-7 lead going to the second.

Nettes setting up offense

In the second quarter, the Nettes would go to work offensively and defensively using a big 21-0 run in the frame to stretch the lead out. Lassiter went on a mini 4-0 run to close the half, but Pickens held a 48-11 advantage at the break.

Nettes defending against the Lady Trojans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the third quarter, the Nettes carried over their impressive first half into the second half. Pickens outscored Lassiter 19-8, to go into the fourth quarter with a 67-18 lead.

Weaver driving on a fast break

In the fourth quarter, the Nettes outscored the Lady Trojans 9-5, getting three pointers from Allie Presley, Madison Powell, and Jazmine Chastain. The final score in this one, 76-23.

 

Leading the way for the Nettes were:

Mykenzie Weaver: 33 points

Allie Presley: 9 points

Sarah Morris: 8 points

Jazmine Chastain: 5 points

Madison Powell: 5 points

 

Pickens, will be back home on Friday to ring in the new decade with a home region game. They’ll host the Lady Raiders of Southeast Whitfield. Tip off is set for 7 pm.

‘Nettes tame lady mustangs for second tournament win

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The PHS Dragonettes (9-6, 3-1) welcomed the Kennesaw Mountain Lady Mustangs (6-8, 0-2) for the second day of the Pickens Holiday Tournament. The Nettes, were coming off of a win over Murray County, while the Lady Mustangs came back late against Lassiter to get a win of their own.

 

In the opening quarter, Kennesaw Mountain got the scoring started with an opening bucket. Pickens, came back with an 8-0 run highlighted by three pointers by Amanda Nelson and Sarah Morris. The Nettes, outscored the Lady Mustangs 5-3 for the rest of the quarter to take a 13-5 lead going to the second.

Amanda Nelson attempting a three pointer

In the second quarter, Pickens started it off with a 8-0 run with free throws by Mykenzie Weaver and Marlee McClure and three’s by Morris and Weaver. Kennesaw Mountain, outscored the Nettes 13-7 the rest of the quarter, but it was Pickens taking a 28-18 lead into the break.

Kennesaw Mountain setting up a play

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To begin the third quarter, Reagan Harwood opened the scoring with a three pointer. Kennesaw Mountain would connect on a free throw, then the Nettes countered with a 5-0 run with a three pointer by Cassidy Richards and a bucket by Weaver. The lead got up to as high as 19 for Pickens in the third as they went into the fourth quarter up 43-27.

Mykenzie Weaver on a fast break

The fourth quarter, saw some younger Nettes players get their name in score book as Jazmine Chastain hit a three pointer, and McKayla Kirchoff hit a pair of free throws. Pickens held on and picked up the win, 57-36. Defensively, the Nettes held Kennesaw Mountain to single digit scoring in three of the four quarters while scoring 13, 15, 15, and 14 each quarter respectively.

 

Leading the Nettes were:

Mykenzie Weaver: 15 points

Sarah Morris: 9 points

Reagan Harwood: 8 points

Amanda Nelson: 6 points

Cassidy Richards: 6 points

 

On Monday, the Nettes will compete in the third and final day of the Pickens Holiday Tournament as they host the Lassiter Lady Trojans. Tip off is set for 4 pm.

‘Nettes get day one win in holiday tournament

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The Pickens Dragonettes (8-6, 3-1), finally got back to there home court this afternoon after a 3rd place finish in the Gordon Lee Holiday Tournament last week. The Pickens Holiday Tournament tipped off this afternoon and the host team welcomed the Murray County Lady Indians (5-9, 2-4), for day one action.

 

In the first quarter, the Nettes got off to a quick start early with two buckets from senior Mykenzie Weaver. The Lady Indians clawed back after a back and forth beginning to the frame to take a one point lead. Towards the end of the first, right before the buzzer as a matter of fact, Allie Presley knocked down a three to give the Nettes a 23-16 lead over the Lady Indians.

Mykenzie Weaver on a fast break

In the second quarter, after a pair of free throws from Kerra Lowe of Murray County, Pickens went on an 8-0 run highlighted by two more three pointers by Presley to make it 31-18. The Lady Indians, did outscore the Nettes 16-15 to close the half, but Pickens took a 46-34 lead into the break.

Nettes on defense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third quarter, started off slow for both teams as neither squad could find points. The first point came from a free throw from Marlee McClure. The Nettes closed the quarter on a big run to extend their lead over Murray County to 63-44 after three.

Chloe Walker looking to inbound the ball

In the 4th quarter, the Nettes got in some younger girls to get some varsity experience. Pickens, held onto their lead and picked up a much needed win, 76-57.

 

Leading the way for the Nettes were:

Mykenzie Weaver: 29 points

Sarah Morris: 12 points

Allie Presley: 11 points

Cassidy Richards: 7 points

Reagan Harwood: 4 points

Amanda Nelson: 4 points

 

Tomorrow, Day two of the Pickens Holiday Tournament will take place. The Nettes, will take on the Kennesaw Mountain Lady Mustangs. Tip off, is set for 4 pm.

‘Nettes fall in region meeting with Gilmer

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The Pickens girls basketball team (6-4, 3-1 Region 6-4A), came into the game against the Gilmer Lady ‘Cats looking to shake off a tough loss to Gordon Central last Saturday and to keep their region record spotless. Of the three region games the ‘Nettes have played, two have been on the road. Both teams came in with identical 3-0 region records.

Early on in the first quarter, both teams got some quick buckets. Mykenzie Weaver got the first five points for the ‘Nettes to give them an early 5-2 lead. From there the Lady ‘Cats made a big run. Gilmer went on a 15-0 run to give them a 17-5 lead. To their credit, Pickens battled back and outscored the Lady ‘Cats 9-7. Gilmer led 24-14 going to the second.

In the second quarter, the ‘Nettes battled back, cutting the Lady Cat lead down to four late in the first half. A 5-0 run by Gilmer to close the half made it 46-37 Lady ‘Cats going into the break.

In the third quarter the Lady ‘Cats were able to add to their lead by outscoring the ‘Nettes 25-15. The run was led by Elly Callihan, Jalynn Ledford, and Emma Callihan. Going to the fourth, Gilmer led Pickens, 71-52.

In the fourth, the Lady ‘Cats were able to keep their offensive output going on the way to a  94-67 win. Gilmer outscored Pickens 48-30 in the second half on the way to the win.

Leading the way for the ‘Nettes were:

Mykenzie Weaver: 36 points

Allie Presley: 10 points

Amanda Nelson: 5 points

Sarah Morris: 4 points

Chloe Walker: 4 points

 

6-AAAA Girls Standings:

NW Whitfield: 4-0

Gilmer: 4-0

Pickens: 3-1

Lafayette: 2-2

SE Whitfield: 1-3

Ridgeland: 1-4

Heritage: 0-5

 

Next up for the ‘Nettes is the Gordon Lee Holiday Tournament. This three-day event starts Thursday, Dec. 17. Pickens, will head to Chattooga to take on the Lady Indians on Thursday at Chattooga. Tip off for that one is set for 7 p.m. They will again play at Chattooga on Friday, with an opponent yet to be determined. To wrap the tournament up, they will play at Gordon Lee on Saturday. The opponent there is yet to be determined as well.

‘Nettes comeback attempt falls just short against Gordon Central

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After a tough, hard fought win last night at Lafayette, the PHS Dragonettes turned right around and hosted the Gordon Central Lady Warriors. The last time these two teams faced each other, it went into overtime with the Nettes coming away victorious 92-90.

 

To start the 1st quarter, the away team got off to a very fast start. The Lady Warriors kicked off the game on a 13-0 run. The Nettes, shook off their cold start to the game and got right back into it with a 10-0 run themselves. The run was powered by Kealy Hillhouse and Chloe Walker. Going to the 2nd quarter, Gordon Central took a 17-12 lead.

Nettes running on a fast break

In the 2nd quarter, the Lady Warriors went on an 11-2 run to begin the frame. Sarah Morris and Allie Presley helped the Nettes go on a 5-0 run, but Gordon Central maintained a 30-19 going to the break.

Dragonettes defending against the Lady Warriors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 3rd quarter, saw the Nettes offense finally come alive. Pickens, used a 23-17 quarter run to cut the Gordon Central lead down to five, 47-42. The Nettes got buckets from Marlee McClure, Amanda Nelson, Mykenzie Weaver, Walker, and Reagan Harwood in the frame.

Amanda Nelson going in for a layup

In the 4th and final quarter, the Nettes, got within three of the lady Warriors in the closing seconds. Pickens, had one last chance with 1.2 seconds left. The potential game tying three fell short and Gordon Central came away with a 55-52 win.

 

Leading the way for the Nettes were:

Amanda Nelson: 10 points

Kealy Hillhouse: 8 points

Sarah Morris: 7 points

Marlee McClure: 6 points

Allie Presley: 6 points

Chloe Walker: 5 points

Mykenzie Weaver: 5 points

 

Pickens, will be back on the road on Tuesday night as they head to Ellijay to take on the Lady Cats of Gilmer. The game, originally scheduled for 6 pm, has now been moved back to 7 pm due to the addition of a JV boys game.

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