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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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