Late afternoon yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team traveled to Southeast Whitfield to begin their part of the 6-AAAA Region Tournament. Pickens, came in as the #6 seed, while their opponent, the Heritage Generals, came in as the #3 seed. Pickens & Heritage split their meetings during the regular season. The winner, would advance to the 4A State Tournament, & to the semifinals.
In the 1st, the Dragons came out aggressive, & making three pointers early. Tucker Lowe hit 3 three’s, & Andrew Smith nailed a three to lead Pickens to a 18-16 lead after the 1st quarter. In the 2nd quarter, the Generals made a run, but the Dragons were able to keep it close. Going into the break, Heritage led Pickens, 32-28.
The 3rd quarter saw the Generals pull away a little bit using a 20-9 quarter run, but remember, we have seen Pickens come back from down double digits in the 2nd half in games late this season. Going to the 4th, Heritage held a 52-37 advantage. In the 4th, both teams scored 11 points a piece, as the Generals came away with the win, 63-48.
Tucker Lowe: 15 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Zach Goss: 14 points, 2 assists, 5 rebounds
Andrew Smith: 10 points, 2 blocks
Hunter Hermann: 5 points, 3 assists, 13 rebounds, 6 steals
Owen Moss: 2 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 steals
Noah Sutton: 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal
After the JV Nettes’ & varsity Nettes’ picked up big wins, the Dragons varsity basketball team looked to complete the afternoon sweep over 7A Forsyth Central.
The Bulldogs, started the game on a 7-0 run. Pickens, fought back and after one, Forsyth Central led the Dragons, 21-16. In the 2nd quarter, the Dragons stayed within striking distance as the Bulldogs kept the lead going into halftime, 41-30.
The 3rd quarter, saw a career achievement reached as Senior Seth Bishop surpassed 1,000 points during his time at PHS. Forsyth Central, used a 23-12 quarter run to extend their lead going to the 4th, 64-42. The 4th quarter was closly contested with the Bulldogs barely outscoring the dragons, 17-15. Forsyth Central took the win however, 81-57.
Seth Bishop: 23 points, 2 assists, 8 rebounds
Zach Goss: 9 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds
Brady Moore: 7 points, 4 rebounds
Owen Moss: 3 points, 4 assists, 1 rebound, 1 steal
Tucker Lowe: 3 points, 3 assists, 1 steal
Alex Snelgrove: 3 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, 1 steal
Hayes Pickett: 3 points, 1 rebound
Noah Sutton: 3 points
Andrew Smith: 2 points
Hunter Hermann: 1 assist, 5 rebounds
The Dragons, will be back in region action on Tuesday as they host the Heritage Generals in a big region contest. Tip off is set for 7:30 pm.
After the Nettes’ took home an exciting win, the Dragons looked to pull off a big win as their 2018 home portion of their season came to a close. The Christian Heritage Lions, came in ranked in the top 10 in the A-Private classification.
In the first, it was the away team that got off to the quick start. The Dragons, got back into it just before the end of the frame as the Lions held a 14-6 lead going to the 2nd. The 2nd quarter, saw Christian Heritage get the three ball working. The Lions used a 26-14 2nd quarter run to take a 40-20 lead into the half.
The 3rd quarter, saw the Lions extend their lead on Pickens as they took a 65-29 advantage into the 4th and final quarter. In the 4th, the younger players for the Dragons got in and looked good. Pickens outscored Christian Heritage in the 4th, 11-8. The Lions would take this one however, 73-40.
Tucker Lowe: 14 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound
Seth Bishop: 12 points, 8 rebounds, 1 steal
Hayes Pickett: 4 points, 2 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 block
Zach Tetterton: 3 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound
Daniel Tetterton: 2 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, 1 steal
Alex Snelgrove: 2 points, 1 assist, 2 steals
Andrew Smith: 2 points
Zach Goss: 1 point, 3 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 block
Brady Moore: 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Noah Sutton: 2 rebounds, 1 block
Pickens, will be on the road tonight as they will head to Dawsonville to face the Dawson Tigers in a non-region contest. The Tigers, much like the Lady Tigers, are ranked in the top 10 of the AAA classification. Tip off set for 8:30.
After the Nettes picked up a big win earlier, the Dragons looked to complete the varsity sweep over a Southeast Whitfield Raider team that recently took down reigning 6-AAAA region champs Lafayette not too long ago.
In the 1st, both teams found scoring, mainly inside the paint. After one, the Southeast Whitfield Raiders led the Dragons 21-17. In the 2nd, the Raiders started getting the tree ball to go down, but Pickens stayed within striking distance. Going into the half, Southeast Whitfield held a 44-34 lead.
The 3rd quarter scoring again was close as the two teams went back and forth. The Raiders, outscored Pickens 18-15, & held a 62-49 lead going to the 4th. Southeast Whitfield used a 14-6 4th quarter run, to take this one from the Dragons, 76-55.
Seth Bishop: 18 points, 2 assists, 7 rebounds, 1 steal
Zach Goss: 10 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Tucker Lowe: 9 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal
Brady Moore: 6 points, 1 assist, 1 steal
Alex Snelgrove: 4 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Owen Moss: 2 points, 6 assists, 2 rebounds, 3 steals
Hayes Pickett: 2 points, 1 assist, 6 rebounds
Noah Sutton: 2 points
Pickens, will be back home on Thursday as they host the Lions of Christian Heritage in non-region action. Tip off scheduled for 7:30 pm.
After the exciting girls game finished, it would be the guys turn as the Dragons hosted the Gilmer Bobcats. Much like the Lady Cats, the Bobcats came into the game 8-1 on the season. Pickens, came in looking to gain some momentum by defeating their rival, & moving to 2-2 in region play.
In the first, both teams traded bucket for bucket, going back and forth. Gilmer, was able to gather a 15-14 lead over the Dragons, going to the 2nd. The 2nd quarter, was much like the 1st quarter as it was very much even at times. While the Bobcats outscored Pickens 19-16 in the frame, the Dragons remained in striking distance going to the half down 34-30.
In the 3rd, the defense for the Bobcats picked up a bit. Gilmer, outscored the Dragons 22-14 in the 3rd, to stretch their lead to 56-44, going to the 4th. Gilmer, used a 16-7 4th quarter run to seal the win, 72-51.
Zach Goss: 20 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds, 1 block
Seth Bishop: 12 points, 2 assists, 6 rebounds, 1 steal
Tucker Lowe: 9 points (3 three point shots), 1 assist, 2 rebounds
Brady Moore: 5 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds
Owen Moss: 2 points, 2 assists, 5 rebounds
Noah Sutton: 2 points, 2 rebounds
Alex Snelgrove: 7 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals
The Dragons, will be back at home on Friday as they host the Northwest Whitfield Bruins. Tip off scheduled for 8:30 pm.
Much like the Nettes’, the PHS varsity Dragons basketball team was looking for their 2nd straight win. After getting their first win of the season against Ridgeland last Friday, Pickens came in looking for back to back wins before heading back into region play.
In the 1st quarter, much like the girls game, it was the visitors that got off to the quick start. After one, the Bulldogs held a 19-9 lead. In the 2nd quarter, the offense for the Dragons flowed much better, they were able to outscore Cedartown 17-15, to cut the lead to 34-26, going into the break.
The 3rd quarter, was not very friendly to the home team. The Bulldogs outscored Pickens, 21-8, as they built up a 55-34 lead going to the 4th. When this one finished, the final score would be 74-47.
Seth Bishop: 27 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block
Zach Goss: 9 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds, 1 block
Tucker Lowe: 7 points, 1 assist
Owen Moss: 3 points, 3 assists, 4 rebounds, 6 steals
Hayes Pickett: 1 point, 1 assist, 1 rebound
Brady Moore: 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
Alex Snelgrove: 1 assist, 2 rebounds
Noah Sutton: 1 rebound
The Dragons will be in action next on the road this Friday as they take on the LaFayette Ramblers in region play. Tip off scheduled for 8:30.
After the Nettes’ & the Lady Cats finished up their game, it was time for the nightcap as the Dragons took on the Bobcats. Gilmer, had already won both of their games from Saturday & Monday, while Pickens looked to gain some momentum heading into region play next week.
The first quarter was highly contested with both teams finding buckets early. The Bobcats had a 4 point lead until the Dragons’ Brady Moore made a 3-point bucket right as the horn sounded to cut the Gilmer lead to 18-17, going to the 2nd. The 2nd quarter mirrored the 1st as it seemed both teams were evenly matched. Pickens outscored the Bobcats 13-10, to take a 30-28 lead into the break.
In the 3rd, the action was still high paced and neither team could not pull away. Gilmer outscored the Dragons slightly in the frame, 13-11, to tie things up at 41, going to the 4th. Things went down to the wire in the 4th as the Dragons took a 2-point lead late in the period. Not to be outdone however, the Bobcats were able to get a bucket just before the final horn rang to send us into overtime. In the overtime period, Gilmer was able to make free throws late to pull away and pick up the win, 67-57.
Seth Bishop: 15 points, 12 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block (All-Tournament Team selection)
Alex Snelgrove: 11 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 steal
Brady Moore: 9 points, 2 rebounds
Tucker Lowe: 8 points, 1 assist
Owen Moss: 6 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 4 steals (All-Tournament Team selection)
Zach Goss: 5 points, 7 assists, 9 rebounds, 1 steal (All-Tournament Team selection)
Noah Sutton: 3 points
The Dragons, will look to get more practice time together & get ready for region play next week as they travel to take on the Heritage Generals on Tuesday. Tip off is scheduled for 7:30.
After the thrilling win for the Nettes’, it was the Dragons turn to take the floor. This was the first game for the Dragons in this freshly new 2018-19 season. As you may know, the Dragons have a new coach on the sidelines in Mike Duffie, who comes to Pickens after several years at Dalton High School.
Pickens, came out of the game looking strong in their season opener. The Dragons used good offensive execution to build up a 13-8 lead after the 1st frame. In the 2nd quarter, Pickens at one point built up a double digit lead. The Rebels, used a late run to end the quarter, and cut the Dragon lead to 26-22, going to the half.
In the 3rd, Fannin carried over the momentum they built late in the 1st half to propel them to the lead using a 19-9 run. Going to the 4th, the Rebels led Pickens, 41-35. In the 4th, Pickens made a run by outscoring the Rebels 19-18, but it would not be enough. Fannin takes this one, 59-54.
Pickens, will be back in action on Monday afternoon at 4:30 pm when they face the Hiwassee Dam Eagles
Seth Bishop: 18 points
Zach Goss: 16 points
Noah Sutton: 7 points
Owen Moss: 5 points
Andrew Smith: 3 points
Tucker Lowe: 3 points
Jordan Pendley: 2 points