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.

Dragons get road win, sweep Generals

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The Pickens Dragons (13-4, 5-2) traveled up to Ringgold to battle the Heritage Generals (7-11, 3-4) in a big 6-AAAA region meeting. Pickens, picked up a win earlier in the season against the Generals, and looked to earn the regular season sweep much like the Nettes did before them.

 

To open the ball game, the Generals went on a 5-0 run to take an early lead. Heritage, would race out to a 14-7 lead, but the Dragons made a run. Fueled by Tucker Lowe, Luke Rogers, and Noah Sutton, Pickens went on an 11-0 run to take an 18-14 lead. The Generals, closed out the quarter on a 5-2 run, but the Dragons held a slim lead of 20-19, going to the second.

Dragons moving the ball on offense

The second quarter saw both teams trade buckets as this one remained tightly contested. Just before the end of the first half, Zac Tetterton hit a big three pointer to put the Dragons up 37-33 over Heritage as we hit the break.

Dragons defending the in-bounds pass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the third quarter, the Generals would reclaim the lead, 38-37, after a quick 5-0 run. The two teams continued to trade buckets as the score would tied twice during the frame. The Dragons, closed the quarter on a 7-0 run after buckets from Owen Moss, Will Roland, and a three pointer by Lowe to give Pickens a 57-50 lead going to the fourth.

Tucker Lowe attempting a three

In the fourth quarter, the Dragons held a 10 point lead several times during the final frame. Heritage however, would not go quietly. After being down 10, the Generals cut the Pickens lead down to 72-71. The Dragons, extended their lead after five straight free throws to make it 77-71. The Generals cut the lead to 77-74 after a three. Lowe then made a pair of free throws to make it 79-74. After Heritage intentionally fouled Lowe, the Generals were called for a technical foul. Lowe, stepped up and hit four straight free throws to put the game away and give the Dragons the win, 83-74.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Tucker Lowe: 26 points (four three point makes, 11-12 from the free throw line)

Luke Rogers: 21 points, 12 rebounds

Noah Sutton: 14 points

Owen Moss: 8 points

 

Pickens will be at home on Friday as they host the Ridgeland Panthers in another big 6-AAAA game. Tip off is set for 7:30 pm.

Comeback attempt falls short for dragons against bruins

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After getting a much needed win on Friday against Southeast Whitfield, the Pickens Dragons (12-4, 4-2) looked to carry that momentum into their game against the Northwest Whitfield Lady Bruins (7-4, 5-1). As was the case in the girls game, this game had 2nd place in the region on the line with both teams at 4-1.

 

In the first quarter, both teams traded buckets as the Dragons got early buckets from Luke Rogers and Tucker Lowe. Northwest Whitfield went on a 5-0 run, to take a 9-4 lead. Ean Goodwin then nailed a three pointer to cut that lead down to 9-7. It would be a quarter of runs as the Bruins went on a 6-0 run, then Pickens would go on a 5-0 run. Going to the second, Northwest Whitfield held a 23-14 lead.

Dragons running a play on offense

In the second quarter, the Dragons kept trying to chip away before the half, but the Bruins seemed to have a counter for everything. Northwest Whitfield, outscored Pickens 16-11 in the frame, to take a 39-25 lead into the break.

Tucker Lowe attempting a three

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the third quarter, the Dragons cut the Bruins lead down to 10 after a bucket from Owen Moss. Northwest Whitfield, would go on a 9-0 run to stretch their lead out to 53-34. Pickens went on a 4-0 run to end the third as the Bruins took a 58-42 lead into the fourth.

Dragons defending Northwest Whitfield

In the fourth quarter, the Dragons tried to make a furious comeback. Down 20 at one point in the third, Pickens cut the lead down to 10. Pickens would get it down to single digits, but the Bruins held on to get the win, 71-62.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Luke Rogers: 15 points

Noah Sutton: 15 points

Tucker Lowe: 12 points

 

6-AAAA Boys Standings:

Lafayette: 14-2 (6-0)

Northwest Whitfield: 7-4 (5-1)

Pickens: 12-4 (4-2)

Heritage: 7-10 (3-3)

Gilmer: 6-7 (2-3)

Ridgeland: 4-11 (1-5)

Southeast Whitfield: 0-17 (0-6)

 

On Tuesday, the Dragons will be on the road as they take on the Heritage Generals. Third place will be on the line in this one. Earlier in the season, Pickens picked up a win over the Generals by a score of 52-45. Tip off for this one is set for 7:30 pm.

Dragons end skid with big region win

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The Pickens Dragons (12-3, 4-1 Region 6-AAAA) ended 2019 on a tough note by dropping games to Sonoraville and Lassiter. On Friday night, Jan. 3, 2020, they looked to get back on track as they hosted the Southeast Whitfield Raiders (0-17, 0-6) in a region battle.

To start the first quarter, the Dragons went on an 8-0 run with three made shots from Noah Sutton and one from Ean Goodwin. The rest of the frame was back-and-forth as Pickens outscored Southeast Whitfield 8-7 to take a 16-7 lead going to the second quarter.

In the second quarter, after a pair of made free throws by the Raiders, Pickens went on another 8-0 run fueled by Sutton and Luke Rogers. Later in the quarter, the Dragons went on an 11-0 run with Sutton making a couple of shots, Whit Pierce making a shot, Tucker Lowe hitting a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws, and Aidan Sanchez hitting a free throw to cap off the run. Going into the half, Pickens led Southeast Whitfield, 36-13.

In the third quarter, Sutton and Goodwin led a 6-0 run for the Dragons to make it 42-13 early. Later in the third, Owen Moss went on a personal 6-0 run with two made shots and a pair of free throws. To close out the quarter, Sanchez connected on a layup to make it 55-17 Pickens going to the fourth quarter.

The fourth quarter was shortened but productive for the Dragons as Clay Shoffer made two made shots, Will Roland connected on a shot, Daniel Tetterton made a shot, Spencer Moody made a free throw, and Hayes Pickett made two shots. The final in this one was 68-22 to Pickens.

Leading the way for the Dragons were: Noah Sutton (22 points), Luke Rogers (10 points), Owen Moss (nine points), and Tucker Lowe (six points).

Pickens will be back on the court Saturday, Jan. 4, as the Northwest Whitfield Bruins come to Jasper for an afternoon tilt. Both teams are close in the region and this game will be crucial to the standings going forward. Tip-off is set for 4:30.

Dragons fall to 7-A lassiter, prepare for region play

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The PHS Dragons (11-3, 3-1) looked to replicate what their classmates on the Dragonettes did and ring in the new year with a win to close out 2019. The Dragons, hosted the Lassiter Trojans (9-6, 0-2) for the final game of the Pickens Holiday Classic. Both teams came into the game having gone 1-1 so far in the round robin style tournament.

 

In the opening quarter, it was an early game of runs. Both teams went back and forth to begin the frame. Lassiter went on a 5-0 to take a 7-4 lead. The Trojans went on another 5-0 run later in the quarter to go up 16-8. The Dragons, went on a 4-0 run to close the first quarter and cut the Lassiter lead down to 16-12, going to the second.

Dragons working the ball on offense

The second quarter, was a tough one for Pickens. Nothing seemed to fall for them on a consistent basis, and Lassiter took advantage of the charity stripe. Of the 18 points the Trojans scored in the frame, 11 of those points came from the free throw line. Outscoring the Dragons 18-9 in the second, Lassiter took a 34-21 lead into the break.

Dragons looking for a stop on defense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third quarter, was a defensive battle for the most part. The Trojans, barely outscored the Dragons 9-8, to take a 43-29 lead into the fourth and final quarter.

Dragons inbounding the ball

The fourth quarter, the Dragons tried to get back into it, but Lassiter kept their scoring pace up. The Trojans outscored Pickens 24-14 in the frame to get the win, 67-43.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Noah Sutton: 9 points

Luke Rogers: 8 points

Owen Moss: 7 points

Daniel Tetterton: 5 points

Ean Goodwin: 4 points

 

The Dragons, will be home on Friday as they begin 2020 with a region game against the Southeast Whitfield Raiders. Tip off is set for 8:30 pm.

Dragons drop tough, physical game against sonoraville

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The PHS Dragons (11-2, 3-1) welcomed the Sonoraville Phoenix (7-5, 4-2) for the second day of the Pickens Holiday Tournament. Pickens, was coming off of a win against Excel Christian Academy, while Sonoraville fell in a close game against Lassiter.

 

In the first quarter, it looked early on that these teams were evenly matched. Both squads had success scoring seemingly trading buckets every time down the floor. A combined 41 points were scored between the two teams as the Phoenix took a 21-20 lead over the Dragons going to the second quarter after a buzzer beating three pointer.

Dragons setting up their offense

In the second quarter, it seemed like every play the Dragons made, Sonoraville had a counter for it. The lead for the Phoenix got up to seven at one point, but a three pointer from Tucker Lowe cut it to one, 34-33. A 6-0 run by Sonoraville to close the quarter gave them a 40-33 lead as we hit the halfway point.

Sonoraville looking to inbound the ball

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the third quarter, Pickens kept trying their best at chipping away at the Phoenix lead. The Dragons, had the lead cut down to four at one point, but just like the second quarter, Sonoraville had an answer every time Pickens would get close. Going to the fourth, the Phoenix led the Dragons, 60-52.

Luke Rogers setting a screen for Tucker Lowe

In the fourth quarter, the Dragons just couldn’t seem to get anything to fall consistently as they tried making one last comeback attempt. Sonoraville, did not have their best quarter either as not many shots were falling for them as well. The Phoenix, were able to hold off Pickens and get the win, 70-58.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Tucker Lowe: 21 points

Noah Sutton: 13 points

Owen Moss: 11 points

Luke Rogers: 6 points

 

On Monday, the Dragons will host the Lassiter Trojans for the third and final day of the Pickens Holiday Tournament. Tip off is set for 5:30 pm

Dragons hold off eagles in tournament opener

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After the Nettes secured their win, the Pickens Dragons (11-1, 3-1) hosted the Excel Christian Academy Eagles (2-8, 1-1) for their day one match up in the Pickens Holiday Tournament. The last game for Pickens, was an emotionally thrilling win in Ellijay against Gilmer. That however, was ten days ago.

 

The first quarter saw the Dragons go on a 9-0 run to begin the ball game. Tucker Lowe started it off with a three pointer, then Noah Sutton scored six straight to spark the early run. The rest of the quarter, it was a tightly contested frame as both teams scored 11 points. Going to the second, Pickens led the Eagles, 20-11.

Noah Sutton attempting a layup

In the second quarter, the frame was mostly back and forth as both teams traded bucket for bucket. Both scored 13 points each, as Pickens kept their nine point lead over the Eagles at 33-24.

Dragons defending an Eagles inbound play

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To start the third quarter, the Dragons went on a 6-0. Owen Moss & Ean Goodwin got things going for Pickens and led them on that run. The Dragons again went on another run in the middle of the quarter. This time, it was a 7-0 run involving Goodwin, Lowe, and Sutton. Pickens, outscored Excel Christian 22-15 in the third, to take a 55-39 lead into the fourth.

Tucker Lowe driving in for a layup

In the fourth quarter, the Eagles made a run. Down 16 to start the frame, Excel Christian cut the Dragon lead down to 57-50 at one point. To the credit of the Dragons, they stayed calm, and outscored the Eagles 11-3 to close the game and pick up their 11th win of the season, 68-53.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Noah Sutton: 18 points

Tucker Lowe: 17 points

Owen Moss: 14 points (10 in the second half)

Luke Rogers: 8 points

Ean Goodwin: 6 points

Aidan Sanchez: 3 points

 

Tomorrow, the Dragons will be back on their home floor for day two of the Pickens Holiday Tournament when they take on the Sornoraville Phoenix. Tip off is set for 5:30 pm.

Moss’ late free throws help seal rivalry road win for the Dragons

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The Pickens Dragons (10-1, 3-1) took the short drive up 515 last night to take on the Gilmer Bobcats in Ellijay for a big rivalry game. Both teams came into the game tied for fourth in 6-AAAA at 2-1.

In the opening quarter both teams traded buckets to begin the game with Cade Carter opening the scoring for Gilmer, and Tucker Lowe getting the first points for the Dragons. The Bobcats held a small, three-point lead for a time, but Pickens went on a 9-0 run to take the lead for the first time. Gilmer went on a 5-1 run to close the quarter, but the Dragons held the lead, 20-16.

In the second quarter, it was again back-and-forth throughout the frame. Aidan Sanchez brought the Pickens lead up to six with a pair of free throws early on. Brady Sanford went on a personal 5-0 run himself to cut the lead down to 22-21. From then on it was matching bucket for bucket. Gilmer did take a two-point lead two different times after buckets by Luke Wimpey, but a 6-0 run by the Dragons gave Pickens a 34-30 lead at the break.

In the third quarter, Gilmer got the upper hand. After tying things up at 35 after making a 5-1 run, the Bobcats used a 12-0 run to retake the lead. Gilmer outscored Pickens in the frame, 17-6, to take a 47-40 lead into the fourth.

The fourth quarter was exciting. Carter stepped up and knocked down two free throws to make it 58-55 Gilmer. With a little over three seconds left, the Bobcats fouled Lowe to send him to the line to shoot the one and one. Lowe made both to give the Bobcats a it 58-57 lead. On the ensuing inbounds play, the Bobcats tried to throw it deep. Owen Moss picked off the attempted pass, threw up a prayer, and was fouled with .5 seconds left. Moss hit the first one, missed the second one, but calmly knocked down the third free throw to give the Dragons the win, 59-58.

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Tucker Lowe: 20 points

Owen Moss: 10 points

Noah Sutton: 10 points

Luke Rogers: 9 points

Ean Goodwin: 7 points

6-AAAA Region Standings

Lafayette: 4-0

Pickens: 3-1

NW Whitfield: 3-1

Gilmer: 2-2

Heritage: 2-3

Ridgeland: 1-4

SE Whitfield: 0-4

The Dragons are off until Dec. 27th when they host a Christmas Tournament featuring a wide variety of teams. Pickens will play the Excel Christian Academy Eagles on Friday, Dec. 27th, to start the three-day affair. Tip off scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

 

Dragons have three score double figures to sweep Gordon Central

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After suffering their first loss of the season to Lafayette on the road the night before, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team looked to get back to their winning ways as they hosted the Gordon Central Warriors in non-region action. In their first meeting, Pickens won in impressive fashion, 74-33.

 

The first quarter saw a very competitive, back and forth start to the game by both teams. Towards the end of the frame, the Dragons went on a 9-4 run to take a 24-14 lead going to the 2nd.

Will Roland going in for a layup

In the 2nd quarter, the Dragons were able to maintain, & build on their lead from the first quarter. Getting big buckets from the likes of Ean Goodwin, Luke Rogers, Tucker Lowe, Owen Moss, Noah Sutton, Zack Tetterton, and Aidan Sanchez. Pickens, went into the half holding a 46-28 lead over Gordon Central.

Dragons looking to double team a Warrior player

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third quarter, saw more of the same from the Dragons as Lowe, Moss, and Sutton took over. Pickens, outscored the Warriors 21-11, to take a 67-39 lead, going to the 4th.

Owen Moss looking to inbound the ball

The fourth quarter, was a wild one to say the least. Gordon Central, down 28 to start the quarter, went on an incredible run. The Warriors went on a 21-0 run. You read that right. A 21-0 run to cut the Dragon lead to 67-60. Pickens, finally got things going and finished the game on a 14-4 run of their own to take the win, 81-64.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Tucker Lowe: 20 points

Noah Sutton: 19 points

Owen Moss: 15 points

Luke Rogers: 9 points

Ean Goodwin: 7 points

Will Roland: 5 points

 

Pickens, will be in Ellijay on Tuesday evening to take on the Gilmer Bobcats in a key 6-AAAA region game. Both teams are tied at 2-1 in the region. Tip off, is set for 8:30 pm.

 

 

Dragons suffer tough first loss at Lafayette

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After Pickens took the first three of the four match ups on the evening, the Dragons looked to make it a complete sweep as they took the floor against the Ramblers of Lafayette. Coming into the game, both teams were undefeated on the season with Pickens at 8-0 & Lafayette at 6-0. Both teams also came in tied atop the region standings at 2-0. This would be a good test for a much improved Dragons team.

 

In the first quarter, both teams really spent the majority of the frame going back and forth. Noah Sutton got the scoring going for the Dragons with a bucket to put them up 2-0. Lafayette tied it, then Owen Moss made a bucket to make it 4-2. The Ramblers then went on a 4-0 run, which was quickly halted by a Tucker Lowe three pointer. Lafayette went on another little run before Ean Goodwin would make a bucket. At the end of the 1st, the Ramblers led the Dragons, 17-11.

The 2nd quarter, would turn out to be a turning point in the overall scale of the game. Lafayette, went on an 8-0 run to start the frame before Sutton would connect on a layup. Later in the quarter, the Dragons went on a 4-0 run to try and cut the Rambler lead. Going to the half, Lafayette held a 40-21 advantage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To start the 3rd, the Dragons came out with energy on offense and defense. Pickens, went on a 7-0 run to start the quarter & caused a couple of turnovers in the process. The Rambler lead was cut down to 13 at one point as the Dragons looked to get back into the game. Lafayette would go on a run themselves during the quarter to help maintain their lead. Pickens, did outscore the Ramblers in the 3rd, 13-12, but still trailed going to the 4th, 52-34.

In the 4th, the Dragons, kept playing with energy & toughness just trying to get something going. Pickens went on a 6-0 run at one point. Lafayette would end up coming away with the win, 68-46.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Tucker Lowe: 18 points

Noah Sutton: 15 points

Owen Moss: 7 points

 

6-AAAA Boys Region Standings:

Lafayette: 3-0

NW Whitfielld: 3-1

Pickens: 2-1

Gilmer: 2-1

Heritage: 1-3

Ridgeland: 1-3

SE Whitfield: 0-3

 

Pickens, will be back home this afternoon taking on the Gordon Central Warriors. The Dragons, are looking for a season sweep of the Warriors as they defeated them 74-33 on the road to begin the season. Tip off is set for 2:30 pm.

Dragons earn hard fought road region win to stay undefeated

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After the Nettes took home the big win in the first game of the varsity doubleheader, the Dragons came in looking to complete the region sweep, & remain unbeaten.

 

In the opening quarter, both teams would trade buckets for the most part. The Dragons would take a three point lead, then Ridgeland would tie it. The Panthers would take a three point lead, then the Dragons would tie it up. The Panthers, scored the final five points of the quarter to take an 18-13 lead into the 2nd.

In the 2nd quarter, the Dragons found themselves down 7 points, 6 points, & 5 points all at different times of the frame. Pickens, fought back all three times to not only tie it up, but take the lead. The Dragons, were led by Tucker Lowe, Noah Sutton, & Owen Moss in the 2nd quarter rally. Pickens, outscored the Panthers 23-15, to take a 36-33 lead into the break.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the 3rd quarter, the game remained tightly played with both the Dragons & the Panthers going bucket for bucket. Pickens, remained in front by outscoring Ridgeland 20-19, to take a 56-52 lead into the 4th.

Late in the 4th quarter, the Dragons found themselves trailing 67-64. Needing a bucket, Pickens turned to Lowe, who hit nothing but net on a long three pointer to tie the game at 67. The Dragons got a big defensive stop & Ean Goodwin stepped to the line to try & give Pickens the lead. Goodwin hit the 2nd of the two shots, giving the Dragons a 68-67 advantage. With Ridgeland looking to reclaim the lead, Lowe was able to come up with the loose ball, & pass it to Moss for a layup. With one final chance remaining, The Panthers tried to throw up a potential game tying three, but Luke Rogers blocked it, & the Dragons held on to get the win, 70-67.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Noah Sutton: 20 points

Tucker Lowe: 18 points

Owen Moss: 16 points

Luke Rogers: 6 points

Ean Goodwin: 5 points

 

Pickens, moves to 6-0 on the early season & 2-0 in region play with the win. Next week, will be a busy week for the Dragons as they will play three games. First up for Pickens,  a home meeting with Morris Innovative in non-region action on Monday. Tip off set for 5:30 pm.

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