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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

Dragons get road win, host Lafayette on Friday

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Dragons

On Monday, Jan. 13, the Pickens Dragons (15-4, 6-2 Region 6-4A) traveled to Dalton to take on Morris Innovative (1-7) in non-region competition. This game took place inside the old Dalton High School gym, which is now the gym for City Park Elementary. The Dragons came away with an 85-16 victory.

DragonsIn the first quarter, the Dragons got on the board first with a pair of baskets from Ean Goodwin and Will Roland. Morris Innovative came back with a made shot of their own from Jose Cru, to make it 4-2. Pickens then went on an 11-0 run sparked by seven points from Luke Rogers. Marco Andres stopped the Dragons run with a made basket  to make it 15-4. The Dragons then went on a 5-0 run highlighted by made shots from Roland and Daniel Tetterton and a free throw from Aidan Sanchez. Cruz scored just before the end of the quarter to make it 20-6 Dragons.

To start the second quarter, Pickens got made shots from Sanchez, D. Tetterton, and Whit Pierce to make it 26-6. Cruz again came back with a 3-pointer to make it 26-9. The Dragons got scoring from Clay Shoffer, Zach Tetterton, and Tucker Lowe to go along with Pierce, Rogers, Roland, and D. Tetterton. At the half, Pickens led, 52-9.

In the third, the Dragons began the half with a 9-0 run. Cruz got Morris Innovative on the board in the second half with a shot. Pickens closed the quarter on a 14-0 run to take 75-11 lead into the fourth.

In the fourth, Sanchez got things going for Pickens with a 4-0 run. Abdiel Negron stopped the run with a nice shot and then soon after Cruz hit another long 3-pointer. The Dragons came away with an 85-16 win.

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Tucker Lowe: 18 points

Luke Rogers: 14 points

Daniel Tetterton: 13 points

Will Roland: eight points

Aidan Sanchez: seven points

On Friday, Jan. 17, Pickens will welcome the Lafayette Ramblers to the Dragons Den for a big time region match up. The Ramblers currently sit atop the 6-4A standings at 7-0, while the Dragons are in third place at 6-2. Frida, will also be recognized as Senior Night. Tip off is set for 8:30 p.m.

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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