Courtside coverage provided by Reagan Young, TeamFYNSports Reporter
This past Friday at the Mountaintop Holiday Classic, the White County Warriors and the Pickens County Dragons traveled to Fannin County for their match up on day two of the tournament. Both teams were coming off of a loss from the first day of the tournament and ready to walk away with a win.
It was a high action and fast paced game from the start. The Dragons made the majority of their points from down low while the Warriors did most of their damage from driving the lane. Dragon post, Seth Bishop, led Pickens in scoring from the block with twenty-one points. Warrior guard, Austin Harris, led his team in scoring with twenty-four points due to his hustle. Warrior post, Austin Rowland, had the hustle on defense to make steals and contribute twelve points for his team. With the Warriors in the lead near the end of the third quarter, Pickens makes a buzzer beater shot to tie the game 17-17.
The hopes were high at the beginning of the second quarter. Both teams had the same chances of winning and were not giving up. The lead went from team to team and it became unpredictable on who would have it next. Warrior, Chandler Harris’s outside shooting came alive which put eleven points on the board for White County. Warriors, Reece Dockery and J. Ben Haynes, also had a good game above the key by each adding five points to White County’s score. The Warriors took a seven point lead over the Dragons at the end of the second quarter by making the score 29-22.
With Pickens down more than they had been the entire game, they were determined to make a come back. Both teams applied heavy defensive pressure on the other by putting a full court press into action. The press resulted in both teams getting steals and adding onto their score. At the end of the third quarter, White County doubled their lead over Pickens with a score of 47-33.
Pickens picked up the pace at the start of the fourth quarter. The Warriors start to put even more defensive pressure on the Dragons and draw fouls. Warrior, Jay Lepkoske, contributed one of his five points from the free throw line. The Warriors also started to have good looks inside which resulted in Kaleb Crane’s overall four points. Warriors, Daniel Rowland and Cooper Turner, followed the trend and each added four points onto White County’s score. However, the Warriors were not the only ones adding onto their score. The Dragons came back at the end of the fourth quarter with a score of 53-53, putting the game into overtime.
The intensity came alive at the beginning of the quarter. Both teams had four minutes to win the game. Pickens finally took the lead that they had been working for the whole game just to have the score tied once again at 63-63, putting the game into double overtime.
Four more minutes were put on the clock as both teams gave the game their all. The quarter was filled with hustle after loose balls, fouls from attempting to keep the other team from scoring, and heart. The back and forth of the game had everyone on their feet as they watched with anticipation. Although both teams played to the best of their ability, the White County Warriors had a 74-67 victory over the Pickens County Dragons.
The White County Warriors win puts their overall record at 9-4 while the Pickens County Dragons stand at 4-9. Catch the Warriors next game on January 2 at 5:45 as they travel to take on North Cobb Christian!
Last night, the PHS basketball team held the end of season banquet at PHS. It was a night to celebrate and look back on what was a great year for Pickens basketball. (more…)
Yesterday, the Nettes varsity basketball team hosted the Lady Ramblers of LaFayette High School in a big region 7AAAA match up. Pickens, looked to get the season sweep of LaFayette and came in tied for third in the region with Southeast Whitfield at 4-3. (more…)
Last Saturday, the Nettes varsity basketball team traveled to Blue Ridge to take on the Lady Rebels of Fannin in non region action. Pickens, coming off of a big region win against Ridgeland, looked to move their win streak to three. In what turned to an exciting game in the end, it was Fannin who came away the winner. (more…)
Friday, the Nettes varsity basketball team hosted the Lady Panthers of Ridgeland in 7AAAA region play. It was the first home game for the Nettes in the new year. Pickens got the win in big fashion. (more…)
Last Tuesday, the Nettes varsity basketball team traveled up to Dalton to take on the Lady Raiders of Southeast Whitfield in what was a big region game for both teams. Before this game, the varsity girls saw their JV teammates defeat the JV Lady Raiders and looked to get a win of their own. Pickens indeed did just that. (more…)
Last Tuesday, the Nettes varsity basketball team hosted the Lady Eagles of Collins Hill in the third and final day of the Pickens Holiday Classic. Pickens looked to end the Classic and 2014 with a big win as they get ready to get back to region play. Collins Hill proved to be a tough challenge for the Nettes. (more…)
Yesterday, the Nettes varsity basketball team hosted the Lady Mustangs of Kennesaw Mountain in second day of the Pickens Holiday Classic. The Lady Mustangs are out of 6A and Pickens is in the 4A classification. The Nettes, after getting a win over Riverwood on Saturday, looked to continue their better play lately against these Lady Mustangs. (more…)
On Saturday, the Nettes varsity basketball team welcomed teams from different parts of Georgia and different classifications to PHS for the Pickens Holiday Classic. This tournament features teams from A all the way to 6A. The Nettes opening game came against a 5A school, the Riverwood Lady Raiders. (more…)
This past Friday, the Nettes varsity basketball team traveled to Hall County to take on the Lady Spartans of West Hall in non region action. Pickens, who came into the ball game carrying a several game losing streak, looked to get a win prior to their Christmas tournament. In what was a back and forth battle, the Nettes pulled through. (more…)
Yesterday, the Dragons varsity basketball team traveled to take on the Purple Hurricanes of Cartersville in 7AAAA region play. This was the make up to a game that had to be rescheduled due to the football team of Cartersville hosting Buford in a AAAA semi-final game. And just like on the gridiron, this one was very physical.
Yesterday, the ‘Nettes varsity basketball team traveled to Cartersville to take on the Lady Canes in 7AAAA action. This game was rescheduled from several weeks ago due to Cartersville’s football team hosting Buford in a AAAA semi-final playoff game. It was a back and forth game the whole way.
Last Saturday, the Nettes varsity basketball team traveled to Dawson County to take on the Lady Tigers in non region action. Pickens, coming off of a tough defeat at the hands of their rivals the Lady Cats of Gilmer, had to block that out and focus on a good team in Dawson not even 24 hours later. This would be the 2nd game in a home and home series between these two teams. (more…)
Last night, the Nettes varsity basketball team came back home to play host to the Lady Bruins of Northwest Whitfield in 7AAAA action. It was the first meeting of the season between the two teams and the Nettes were trying to right the ship after two tough losses. (more…)
Yesterday, the Nettes varsity basketball team hosted 515 rival, the Gilmer Lady Cats in region 7AAAA action. The two teams second match up of the season, but the first to count in the region standings. As always, this game was very entertaining.
Last Tuesday, The Nettes were back in action as they hosted the Lady Generals of Heritage in region action in the Dragons Den. Pickens, coming off a non region win against West Hall, looked to continue their good play and move above .500 on the season and stay perfect in region play. The Nettes were able to do just that.