Dragons finish fourth in region, face St. Pius on Friday

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After weather pushed games back a couple of days, the Pickens Dragons traveled to Southeast Whitfield on Monday to take on the Heritage Generals in the boys third place game of the 6-AAAA Region Tournament. In the end, the Generals were able to come away with the win, 63-45.


The opening quarter saw a slow start for both teams to begin with. Heritage, got things going for themselves towards the end of the frame and raced out to a 13-4 lead over the Dragons going to the second.

Dragons on offense

Un the second quarter, it was much closer in terms of scoring as Pickens finally got something working. The Generals, outscored the Dragons 19-13 in the frame. Owen Moss, gave Pickens a little momentum heading into halftime as he hit a buzzer beating three from the other side of the floor. Heritage, took a 32-17 lead into the break.

Pickens on defense against Heritage








In the third, the bad luck on offense for the Dragons continued as the shots were just not falling on a consistent basis. The Generals extended their lead by outscoring Pickens 20-11, and taking a 52-28 lead into the fourth.

Ean Goodwin with the shot attempt

The fourth quarter, was the best quarter for the Dragons as they were able to outscore Heritage 17-11 in the fame. The Generals however would walk away with this one, 63-45.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Daniel Tetterton: 12 points

Owen Moss: 11 points

Noah Sutton: 10 points


With the loss, the Dragons will be the fourth seed out of 6-AAAA in the upcoming 4A State Tournament. They will travel to take on the top seed out of 8-AAAA, the St. Pius X Golden Lions in the first round of the 4A State Tournament. Game time is set for 7:30 pm and will be played on Friday.


Dragons to battle for third place on Monday

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The Pickens Dragons came into the 6-AAAA Region Tournament semifinals on Friday looking to continue the momentum built on Tuesday with their big quarterfinal win over Ridgeland. To earn a trip to the region championship and host a first State Tournament game, they’d have to get past the Northwest Whitfield Bruins. After a battle, the Bruins took this one 65-47.


The opening quarter, was very closely played with both teams finding success early. Going to the second quarter, Northwest Whitfield took a 15-11 lead.

Will Roland with the basketball

In the second quarter, the game stayed close with both teams trading shots like a heavyweight fight. Both the Dragons and the Bruins scored 17 points in the frame as Northwest Whitfield to a 32-28 lead over Pickens into the break.

Dragons defending the Bruins








In the third quarter, things started to get away from the Dragons a bit as they found very little luck on the offensive end. The Bruins, outscored Pickens 18-7 in the frame to take a 50-35 lead going to the fourth.

Luke Rogers with the basketball

In the fourth, the Dragons attempted to make a comeback, but the Bruins were able to stop any attempts at one and came away with the 65-47 win.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Noah Sutton: 13 points

Tucker Lowe: 9 points

Luke Rogers: 9 points

Daniel Tetterton: 8 points


The 6-AAAA Boys consolation game had been scheduled for today at 5:30 pm but do to weather, that has now been moved to Monday. The Dragons will battle the Heritage Generals for third place at Southeast Whitfield on Monday. Winner will travel to North Oconee for the first round of the 4A State Tournament.


Dragons win big to secure a state tournament spot

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On Tuesday, Feb, 4, the Pickens Dragons traveled to Dalton to take part in the 6-AAAA Region Tournament being held at Southeast Whitfield. Pickens, came into the tournament as the #3 seed and looked to do something they had only done six times in their history. That is, make the state tournament. The Dragons took on the #6 seed Ridgeland Panthers. The first two meetings between the two teams were very close. This time, Pickens picked up an 87-47 win.


In the opening quarter, the Dragons got off to a fast start knocking down shots from both inside and outside the paint. Pickens used that blazing start to amass a 25-12 lead over the Panthers going to the second.

Luke Rogers passing to Noah Sutton

In the second quarter, the Dragons continued their torrid pace they set in the first quarter. Grabbing rebound after rebound, diving for loose balls, and continuing to work hard on both ends of the floor. Pickens, outscored Ridgeland in the second, 21-8, to take a 46-21 lead into the break.

Aidan Sanchez working down low in the paint








The third quarter, was the most back and forth quarter of the game as the Panthers got things going on their end. After a slow start to the second half for the Dragons, they were able to pick it up as well. Ridgeland won the quarter 18-17, but Pickens continued to lead the game going to the fourth, 63-39.

Dragons working defensively against the Panthers

The Dragons ended the ball game strong scoring 24 fourth quarter points and holding the Panthers again to just eight. Pickens also got everyone in for playing time and they were productive as well. For the seventh time in school history, the Dragons punched their ticket to the state tournament with an 87-47 win.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Noah Sutton: 34 points

Tucker Lowe: 12 points

Luke Rogers: 10 points

Zac Tetterton: 6 points

Owen Moss: 6 points


Pickens, will now turn their attention to the Northwest Whitfield Bruins for the semifinal match up in the 6-AAAA Region Tournament. Winner of that one will earn not only a trip to the region championship, but the all important first round home game in the 4A state tournament. Game time is set for Thursday at 5:30 pm.


Dragons head into region tournament on a high note

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The Pickens Dragons (17-8, 7-5) came into their game last night against the Southeast Whitfield Raiders (0-25, 0-12) looking to create some big momentum after falling in their previous three games. Create momentum is exactly what the Dragons did as they took home the win, 86-51.

In the first quarter, the Dragons got off to a hot start with threes by Owen Moss, Tucker Lowe, and Will Roland to go up 9-1. The rest of the quarter, the Raiders outscored Pickens 16-11, but the Dragons held the lead 20-17 going to the second quarter.

Dragons on offense in the 1st quarter

In the second quarter, after Southeast Whitfield cut the Dragon lead down to 22-21, Pickens went on an 8-0 run to make it 30-21. Later in the quarter, the Dragons went on a 7-0 run courtesy of threes by Luke Rogers, Ean Goodwin, and a free throw by Noah Sutton to make it 37-22. Pickens outscored the Raiders 12-7 for the remainder of the frame to take a 49-29 lead into the half.

Pickens trapping on defense








The third quarter saw the Dragons continue to extend their lead over the Raiders getting buckets from Moss, Lowe, Sutton, Rogers, Roland, and Daniel Tetterton. Outscoring Southeast Whitfield 28-14 in the frame, Pickens took a 77-43 lead into the fourth.

Dragons in-bounding the ball in the fourth quarter

In the fourth, the Dragons closed the game by outscoring the Raiders 9-8. Four of those nine points came from Hays Pickett. Pickens picked up a much needed win, 86-51.

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Owen Moss: 19 points (five threes made)

Noah Moss: 18 points

Tucker Lowe: 16 points (four threes) 11 assists

Will Roland: 9 points

Hays Pickett: 7 points

Pickens, finishes the regular season 17-8 overall and 7-5 in region play. The Dragons, will be the 3rd seed in next week’s 6-AAAA region tournament and take on the 6th seeded Ridgeland Panthers in the 1st round on Tuesday. The game will be played at Southeast Whitfield and has a tip off time of 6 pm.


Dragons fall in another tough region game

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The Pickens Dragons (16-7, 6-5) took to the road on Friday night  to take on the Northwest Whitfield Bruins in a 6-AAAA region contest. Coming into the game, the Bruins held the 2nd seed, while the Dragons occupied the 3rd seed. Northwest Whitfield, came away with the win, 75-53.


In the first quarter, the Bruins came out on a 9-0 run to start the game. Pickens, got things going after that with buckets by Owen Moss, Noah Sutton, and a three pointer by Tucker Lowe to cut it to 9-7. A Moss jumper got the Dragons within one at 12-11. Northwest Whitfield made a bucket to close the quarter to take a 14-11 lead into the second.

Dragons trying to get the offense going

Early in the second quarter, a couple of Will Roland buckets cut the Bruins lead down to three on a couple of occasions. After a three by Northwest Whitfield, Luke Rogers cut it to 21-17 with a bucket. After both teams traded buckets, Northwest Whitfield went on a 4-0 run to make it 32-21 at the half.

Pickens playing defense in the second half








Pickens opened up the second half with a 4-0 run to cut the Bruins lead to 32-25. Northwest Whitfield responded with a 10-0 run to make it 42-25. A free throw by Lowe and buckets by Ean Goodwin and Sutton made it 42-30. After trading buckets for a bit, the Bruins closed the third with a 7-0 run to make it 55-35 going to the fourth.

Owen Moss driving in the lane

The fourth quarter, was pretty close scoring wise as the Dragons got a good run in the middle of the frame thanks to Lowe, Sutton, and Rogers. Northwest Whitfield came away with this one, 75-53.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Noah Sutton: 15 points

Tucker Lowe: 11 points

Luke Rogers: 8 points

Will Roland: 7 points


6-AAAA Boys Standings:

Lafayette: 20-2 (11-0)

Northwest Whitfield: 14-10 (9-2)

Pickens: 16-7 (6-5)

Heritage: 10-14 (6-6)

Gilmer: 9-9 (5-6)

Ridgeland: 6-16 (2-9)

Southeast Whitfield: 0-23 (0-11)


Pickens, will be back at it on Saturday afternoon as they head to Adairsville to take on the Tigers in non-region play. Tip off for this one is set for 5:30 pm.


Pickens Dragons fall to rival Gilmer Bobcats

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The Pickens Dragons (16-6, 6-4) hosted the Gilmer Bobcats (9-8, 5-5) in 6-AAAA play for the final time for a while on Tuesday night. The first region match up saw Pickens come away winners after a pair of last second free throws. Gilmer, had other plans for this game as they picked up a 68-47 win.


In the first quarter, the Bobcats got off to a fast start with back to back three pointers to take a 6-0 lead. Owen Moss hit a jumper to make it 6-2, then Tucker Lowe hit a free throw to make it 6-3. Gilmer hit a jumper to make it 8-3, then Noah Sutton hit back to back shots to make it 8-7 Bobcats. From then on Gilmer outscored the Dragons 12-4 to take a 20-11 lead going to the second.

Owen Moss looking to inbound the ball for Pickens

The second quarter, saw the Bobcats break things open a bit as they began the frame with an 8-0 run to make it 28-11. The Dragons, outscored Gilmer 6-5 the rest of the quarter, however the Bobcats were able to take a 33-17 lead into the break.

Gilmer running a play in the second quarter








In the third quarter, Gilmer opened up the frame with a three pointer to make it 36-17. After trading a couple of buckets and free throws, the Dragons went on a 7-0 run after buckets by Ean Goodwin, Luke Rogers, and a three pointer by Lowe to cut the Bobcat lead down to 39-27. Gilmer ended that run with an 8-0 run to make it 47-27. Pickens went on a 4-0 run to close the quarter as the Bobcats took a 47-31 lead into the fourth.

Tucker Lowe making a move into the lane

The Dragons, continued the run they started at the end of the third quarter with three free throws to start the fourth to make it 47-34. The Bobcats used a 5-0 run to make it 52-34. Gilmer, came away with the win 68-47 and the region season split.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Tucker Lowe: 14 points

Noah Sutton: 13 points

Luke Rogers: 8 points

Ean Goodwin: 6 points


Leading the way for the Bobcats were:

Braddy Jenkins: 28 points

Brady Sanford: 14 points

Cade Carter: 13 points

Lewis Mulkey: 8 points


6-AAAA Boys Standings

Lafayetter: 19-2 (10-0)

Northwest Whitfield: 12-10 (8-2)

Pickens: 16-6 (6-4)

Gilmer: 9-8 (5-5)

Heritage: 9-14 (5-6)

Ridgeland: 6-16 (2-9)

Southeast Whitfield: 0-22 (0-10)


Pickens, will head to Northwest Whitfield on Friday to take on the Bruins in 6-AAAA action. A win for the Dragons would help create a little separation between them and Gilmer as you see in the standings above. Pickens does have sweeps of Heritage and Ridgeland on their side whereas Gilmer has been swept by Heritage. Tip off for the Dragons and Bruins is set for 8:30 pm.


Dragons fall to Ramblers in region game

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Friday night, the Pickens Dragons (15-5, 6-3) hosted the Lafayette Ramblers (18-2, 9-0) in a big 6-AAAA region game. Prior to the game, the seniors were recognized from the dance team, the cheerleaders, and the basketball teams for Senior Night. The Ramblers, were able to walk away with this one, 61-33.


In the first quarter, Lafayette got things going on their end with a quick 4-0 start. Owen Moss scored the first points for the Dragons with a bucket to make it 4-2. Noah Sutton made the second bucket for Pickens as that cut to the Ramblers lead to 8-4. Lafayette outscored the Dragons 6-2 for the remainder of the quarter to take a 14-6 lead into the second.

Luke Rogers looking for the open man

In the second quarter, Tucker Lowe got going with a three pointer to the Ramblers lead to 16-9. A bucket by senior Aidan Sanchez, trimmed the Lafayette lead down to 21-13, but the Ramblers came right back with a bucket of their own. Lafayette would take control of the rest of the half as they grabbed a 35-16 lead over the Dragons, going to the break.

Dragons looking to defend the Ramblers








In the third, Lowe got the scoring going with another three pointer. Lowe would stop a Rambler 6-0 run with another three pointer to make it 41-22. Sanchez, made a layup before the quarter came to an end making it 50-27 Ramblers going to the fourth.

Tucker Lowe looking for a lane

In the fourth quarter, A 6-0 run by Lafayette was stopped by a Luke Rogers free throw and another Lowe three pointer to make it 56-31. The Ramblers, would outscore the Dragons 5-2 the rest of the way to take the win, 61-33.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Tucker Lowe: 12 points

Noah Sutton: 6 points

Owen Moss: 5 points

Aidan Sanchez: 4 points

Luke Rogers: 3 points


Pickens, will be back on the court this afternoon as they welcome the Pepperell Dragons to town for an afternoon tilt. Tip off is set for 2:30 pm.


Dragons sweep Panthers after close game

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The Pickens Dragons (14-4, 6-2) got a big win on Tuesday against Heritage on the road. Last night, they looked to treat the home crowd in the Dragons Den to another win when they took on the Ridgeland Panthers (5-13, 1-7) in a 6-AAAA match up. The last meeting between these two teams came down to the wire in Rossville, with the Dragons picking up the win. This one, would be tightly played as well.


Pickens, got off to a 7-0 start in the first quarter getting four points from Owen Moss, two points from Noah Sutton, and a free throw from Luke Rogers. The Panthers, countered that 7-0 run with a 7-0 run themselves to tie things up. The two teams traded buckets for the rest of the quarter with the Dragons getting a late bucket from Moss to take a 13-11 lead into the second.

Dragons looking for a shot on offense

In the second quarter, the game remained close with both the Dragons and Panthers taking turns holding slim leads. Pickens, went on a 7-0 run in the middle of the with a three by Tucker Lowe, and buckets from Sutton and Moss to take a 27-20 lead. Ridgeland closed the half on a 5-2 run as Pickens took a 29-25 lead into the break.

Dragons defending the drive inside








In the third, the Dragons started the quarter off with an 8-0 run fueled by five quick points by Ean Goodwin. Pickens, went on to hold a lead as high as 14 in the third. The Panthers, went on a 5-0 run to end the third and cut the Dragons lead down to 47-39 going to the fourth.

Dragons looking to in-bound the ball

In the fourth, after two free throws from Sutton gave Pickens a 49-39 lead, Ridgeland made their move. Using an 11-0 run, the Panthers took a 50-49 lead. The Dragons counter punched and went on a 9-0 run with help from Sutton, Lowe, and Will Roland to put Pickens back up 58-50. Pickens, held on and got the win over the Panthers, 59-55.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Noah Sutton: 22 points

Tucker Lowe: 16 points

Owen Moss: 12 points

Ean Goodwin: 5 points


6-AAAA Boys Basketball Standings:

Lafayette: 16-2 (7-0)

Northwest Whitfield: 10-8 (7-1)

Pickens: 14-4 (6-2)

Gilmer: 7-7 (3-4)

Heritage: 7-12 (3-5)

Ridgeland: 5-13 (1-7)

Southeast Whitfield: 0-19 (0-8)


Pickens, will be on the road today as they take on the Adairsville Tigers in non-region action. Tip off is set for 7:30 pm.


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