Nettes battle Lady War Eagles in 4A Final Four

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Fort Valley, Ga — It was the year 2000. That was the last time the Pickens Dragonettes played in a Final Four game in the state basketball tournament. On Friday, March 4th, the Nettes made the nearly 3 hour trip south to Fort Valley State University to take on the Marist Lady War Eagles in the GHSA 4A Girls State Basketball Tournament. The Lady War Eagles came into the game with one of the better defenses in the state allowing 31.5 points per game. The Nettes defense, hadn’t been too shabby during the season either only allowing 34.9 points per game. This was expected to be a low scoring affair, and that is what it was. In the end, the Lady War Eagles were able to come away with a 38-35 win.

 

After a bit of a back and forth to start the first quarter, Amanda Nelson got the scoring started with a three pointer to give the Nettes an early 3-0 lead. After Marist made two layups and a free throw, Caroline Mullins went on a personal 4-0 run by making two free throws and a layup to make it 7-5 Pickens. Going blow for blow in this opening quarter, the Lady War Eagles tied it up at 7 with a bucket. Carmyn Mullins gave the Nettes the lead with a three pointer. Going to the second, Pickens led Marist 10-7.

Nettes with the ball in the first quarter

 

The Lady War Eagles opened the second quarter with a pair of free throws to cut the Nettes lead down to 10-9. Caroline Mullins answered with a three pointer to make it 13-9. After a layup by Marist, Caroline Mullins went on another 4-0 run with back to back buckets to make it 17-11. The Lady War Eagles ended the run with a bucket to cut it to 17-13. Bella Hopkins then split a pair of free throws to make it 18-13. Marist closed the first half with a bucket to make it 18-15 Nettes going to the break.

The Nettes on defense against the Lady War Eagles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third quarter began with Marist getting a layup to cut the lead to 18-17. Caroline Mullins carried over her strong first half into the third as she made a bucket to make it 20-17. After a pair of free throws by the Lady War Eagles, Caroline Mullins made a layup to make it 22-19. Marist, then hit a three pointer to tie things up at 22. It would not be tied for long as Caroline Mullins made a layup to give the Nettes a 24-22 lead going to the fourth quarter.

Nettes on offense in the third quarter

 

In the fourth quarter, the Lady War Eagles split a pair of free throws to cut the Pickens lead down to 24-23. Emma Gleason made a layup to make it 26-23. Marist, then went on a 7-0 run to take a 30-26 lead. After Carmyn Mullins split a pair of free throws, the Lady War Eagles made a layup to extend their lead to 32-27. Nelson, then hit a pair of free throws to make it 32-29. With just over 3 minutes left in the game, Marist held the ball till there was under a minute left. The Nettes, nearly had several steals while the Lady War Eagles were holding the ball, but with the time running down, they had to start fouling. Marist, made a pair of free throws to make it 34-29.

We then had an odd incident where as Caroline Mullins was going in for a layup, the horn blew. After a lengthy discussion between officials and coaches, 27 seconds were placed on the clock, the layup from Caroline Mullins counted, and went to the free throw line where she hit two free throws to make it 34-33 Lady War Eagles. The Nettes, then went for the steal on the ensuing in-bounds. Marist, got the ball in and Pickens fouled. The Lady War Eagles, again made a pair of free throws to extend the lead to 36-33. Using that never say die mentality that they’ve come to be known for, the Nettes cut the lead down to 36-35 after a tough layup by Nelson. The Nettes quickly fouled and sent Marist to the line. The Lady War Eagles, made both free throws again to make it 38-35. With one final chance, a three point shot would not fall for the Nettes and Marist held on to win, 38-35.

 

Scorers for the Nettes:

Caroline Mullins: 21 points

Amanda Nelson: 7 points

Carmyn Mullins: 4 points

Emma Gleason: 2 points

Bella Hopkins: 1 point

 

The Nettes finish the 2021-22 season with a 26-4 overall record. The 26 wins are tied for the second most in a season. The 35 points per game the Nettes gave up on defense ranks as the best in the Pickens High School history. The 21-game win streak that the Nettes went on during the season tied for the second longest streak in team history. The Nettes, won their 900th game in program history during the season. The Nettes, won their second straight 7-AAAA regular season championship during the season. Congrats to the Pickens Dragonettes on an incredibly historic season.

Nettes open state tournament with big first round win

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Jasper, Ga — It was state tournament time once again in Jasper as the Pickens Dragonettes welcomed the Riverdale Lady Raiders to the Dragons Den for the first round of the GHSA 4A Girls State Basketball Tournament. After a tough loss to Northwest Whitfield in the region championship, the Nettes came into the game as the #2 seed. The Riverdale Lady Raiders, came into the game as the #3 seed out of region 5. Using a big time team effort, the Nettes came away with an 83-44 win.

 

In the first quarter, the Nettes got off to a quick start as Madison Powell opened the scoring with a three pointer. Caroline Mullins then made a bucket and a free throw to make it 6-0 Pickens early. After a three by the Lady Raiders, the Nettes went on an 8-0 run as Caroline Mullins hit a pair of free throws, Emma Gleason made a layup, Caroline Mullins, Emmie Moore, and Amanda Nelson hit free throws to make it 14-3. Riverdale ended the run with a bucket and a free throw to make it 14-6. Then it was time for the Mullins sisters to takeover. After a three by older sister Carmyn, younger sister Caroline made a layup. Carmyn then followed it up with 4 consecutive free throws to make it 23-6 Nettes going to the second.

 

Nettes allowed just 6 first quarter points

 

The Lady Raiders got things going in the second quarter with a bucket to make it 23-8. Moore answered for Pickens with a three pointer making it 26-8. After a bucket by Riverdale, the Nettes went on an 8-0 run as Nelson split a pair of free throws, Carmyn Mullins made a layup and followed that up with a three pointer, then Gleason made a layup to make it 34-10. The two teams then traded buckets to end the first half as Pickens held a 40-15 advantage at the break.

 

Nettes on offense in the 2nd quarter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third quarter began with a steal by the Nettes and a nice finish at the basket by Bella Hopkins to make it 42-15. After a three by the Lady Raiders, Nelson and Caroline Mullins responded with back to back three pointers to make it 48-18. The two teams then traded buckets for a couple minutes as the Nettes led it 54-28. Pickens then went on a 5-0 run getting a layup by Emery Bryant, a free throw make by Carmyn Mullins, and a bucket by Caroline Mullins to make it 59-28. The two teams traded and-1 opportunities as we’d head to the fourth with Pickens leading Riverdale, 62-31.

 

Nettes running an in-bounds play

 

Moore opened the shortened fourth quarter with a three pointer to make it 65-31. After a free throw make by the Lady Raiders, Gleason made a layup to make it 67-32. Riverdale then went on a 4-0 run to make it 67-36. Jazmine Chastain made a layup after a nice offensive rebound and Bryant hit a pair of free throws to stretch the lead out to 71-36. The Lady Raiders came back down and made a layup to make it 71-38. The Nettes came back down the floor and Emery Steinhauer made a wide open three to make it 74-38. Riverdale responded with back to back three pointers to make it 74-44. Pickens ended the game on a 9-0 run as Bryant scored 4 points, Ashaela Buchanan scored 3 points, and Adrienne Plumley scored two points during the run. Your final score from Jasper, Nettes 83 Riverdale 44.

 

Scoring For The Nettes:

Caroline Mullins: 19 points

Carmyn Mullins: 16 points

Emery Bryant: 10 points

Emmie Moore: 7 points

Amanda Nelson: 7 points

Emma Gleason: 6 points

Madison Powell: 6 points

Ashaela Buchanan: 3 points

Emery Steinhauer: 3 points

Bella Hopkins: 2 points

Adrienne Plumley: 2 points

 

With the win, the Nettes advance to the Sweet 16. They will have a quick turnaround as they will head down to Albany to take on the Dougherty Lady Trojans on Friday, February 25th. Dougherty, is the #1 seed out of region 1. They had a bye to the Sweet 16 as region 3 did not have a #4 seed for them to match up against in the first round. The Lady Trojans are 17-7 on the season. Their last game was on February 15th in the region 1 championship game against Bainbridge. Tip off for the Nettes and Lady Trojans is set for 6 pm.

 

Dragons will be the #4 seed in next week’s region tournament

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Jasper, Ga — After the girls game was over, we were set for a big time battle between the Pickens Dragons and the visiting Cedartown Bulldogs. Coming into the game, the Dragons were 11-13 overall and 5-6 in 7-AAAA play. The Bulldogs, came in at 10-11 overall and 7-4 in 7-AAAA play. Cedartown defeated Pickens earlier in the season on December 7th in a close game, 55-52. In what was a physical game played by both teams, the Dragons came away with a 52-48 win.

 

Both teams struggled a bit to start the first quarter until Junior Kadyn Hampton broke the scoreless streak with a layup to make it 2-0 Pickens. Cedartown got it’s first points of the game after a three pointer to take their first lead, 3-2. The Dragons answered with a 7-0 run as Senior Luke Rogers and Sophomore Caleb Keith made layups and Sophomore Camden Dunn hit a three to make it 9-3. After the Bulldogs split a pair of free throws, the Dragons went on a little 3-0 run as Dunn hit a jumper and Rogers split a pair of free throws to make it 12-4. Cedartown made a bucket to make it 12-6 Pickens going to the second quarter.

Jaden Stewart with the ball for Pickens

 

The Bulldogs started the second quarter off on a 10-0 run to retake the lead, 16-12. A three pointer by Sophomore Marcus Pike cut the lead down to 16-15. After the two teams traded free throw makes, Pike made a layup plus the free throw after being fouled to give the Dragons a 20-18 lead. After Cedartown went down and tied the game up at 20, Pickens went on a 7-0 run Rogers made a layup, Junior Jaden Stewart hit a three, and Pike continued his hot quarter with another layup to make it 27-20. The Bulldogs countered that with a 14-0 run to reclaim the lead, 34-27. Stewart made a layup to make it 34-29 going into the break.

Dragons on defense in the second quarter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third quarter was a low scoring frame for both teams and that would end up benefiting the Dragons. Senior Caleb Bryant got things going by splitting a pair of free throws, Hampton, who had been battling foul trouble, made a layup to cut the Bulldog lead down to 34-32. Cedartown ended the mini 3-0 run with a three pointer to make it 37-32. Those would be the only points for the Bulldogs in the third as Pickens went on a 7-0 run to end the quarter capped off by Stewart beating the clock with a layup to give the Dragons a 39-37 lead going to the fourth.

Dragons on offense in the third

 

The fourth quarter began with the Dragons continuing their run from the third quarter as Stewart and Bryant made back to back layups to give Pickens a 43-37 lead. Cedartown came right back with a pair of three pointers to tie the game up at 43 a piece. Rogers then gave the Dragons the lead back with a pair of free throws to make it 45-43. After a technical foul was called on Pickens, the Bulldogs split the technical free throws and made a layup to give Cedartown a 46-45 lead. On the next trip down, Dunn hit a massive three pointer to give the Dragons a 48-46 lead. The Bulldogs, came right back down the floor and tied the ball game back up at 48. Rogers, came up clutch with another layup to give Pickens a 50-48 lead. Cedartown, then went to the line for a pair of free throws. The first one was no good. With little time left, the second one had to be missed intentionally. In a scramble for the ball, it went out of bounds last touched by the Bulldogs. Rogers would receive the in-bounds pass and was fouled. The Dragons big man went to the line and hit both free throws to give Pickens the 52-48 win.

 

Leading Scorers For The Dragons:

Jaden Stewart: 14 points

Luke Rogers: 13 points

Camden Dunn: 8 points

Marcus Pike: 8 points

Kadyn Hampton: 4 points

Caleb Bryant: 3 points

Caleb Keith: 2 points

 

7-AAAA Boys Region Standings:

Central-Carroll: 16-8 (10-2) #1 seed in region tournament

Northwest Whitfield: 21-3 (9-3) #2 seed in region tournament

Cedartown: 10-12 (7-5) #3 seed in region tournament

Pickens: 12-13 (6-6) #4 seed in region tournament

Heritage: 9-13 (5-7) #5 seed in region tournament

SE Whitfield: 11-14 (4-8) #6 seed in region tournament

Ridgeland: 8-16 (1-11) #7 seed in region tournament

 

With the win, the Dragons secured the #4 seed in next week’s 7-AAAA Region Tournament. They will take on the #5 seed Heritage Generals on Tuesday, February 15th in the first round. Heritage defeated the Dragons in both regular season match ups with the game in Jasper being very close. This game, and every other Region Tournament game next week will be played at Northwest Whitfield.

Nettes head into region tournament on 20-game win streak

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Jasper, Ga — On Thursday, February 10th, the Pickens Dragonettes took on the Cedartown Lady Bulldogs in what was not only the final region 7-AAAA game, and the final game of the regular season. This game, was supposed to take place a couple of weeks ago, but weather forced a postponement and it was moved to February 10th. These two teams first met on December 7th with the Nettes coming away with a 62-31 win at Cedartown. Pickens, continued it’s winning ways as they came away with a 73-32 victory in the regular season finale.

 

In the first quarter, Senior Amanda Nelson got things going for the Nettes as she made a nice move to the basket for the layup. After a steal on the other end, Pickens extended their lead to 4-0 after Sophomore Caroline Mullins found older sister, Senior Carmyn Mullins alone under the basket for the layup. Cedartown would then call an early timeout. Coming out of the timeout, the Lady Bulldogs got on the board with a three pointer to make it 4-3. Caroline Mullins then found Junior Emma Gleason leading the way on a fast break for the layup to make it 6-3. After a miss by Cedartown, Junior Madison Powell collected the rebound, passed it to Caroline Mullins, and she found Gleason again leading the fast break down the floor for another layup to make it 8-3.

After the Lady Bulldogs took another timeout, they were able to connect on an open layup to make it 8-5. Caroline Mullins was able to come away with a steal and took it all the way for the score to make it 10-5. Caroline Mullins then rebounded a missed shot by Cedartown and once again found an open Gleason for the layup to make it 12-5. The Lady Bulldogs then made a free throw line jumper to make it 12-7. Good ball movement by the Nettes led to Nelson finding an open Carmyn Mullins for the layup to make it 14-7. After several tries, Cedartown got a three pointer to go to make it 14-10. Pickens quickly answered as a cutting Freshman Brylee Deering found an open Nelson for the three to make it 17-10. Just as time was expiring in the first quarter, the Lady Bulldogs got a three pointer to fall to make it 17-13.

Nettes on offense in the first

 

The Nettes started off the second quarter with a score as Caroline Mullins found Gleason underneath the basket for the layup to make it 19-13. After a turnover by Cedartown, Pickens turned it into points as Nelson got it to Caroline Mullins and she made a nice fad away move for the score to make it 21-13. The Lady Bulldogs were able to break the 4-0 run with a short jumper to make it 21-15. After that, it was all Nettes. Pickens went on a 16-0 run for the remainder of the first half to take a 37-15 lead into the break.

The Nettes allowed just two 2nd quarter points

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third quarter started just like the first quarter with Nelson making an open layup to make it 39-15. Carmyn Mullins then was able to drive to the basket, make the layup, and get the foul. She completed the and-1 chance to make it 42-15. After a steal by Powell, she found an open Carmyn Mullins under the basket as the Nettes lead grew to 44-15. Caroline Mullins got a steal of her own and made the layup to make it 46-15. Another steal by Caroline Mullins led to a 2 on 1 fast break and Mullins dished it to Nelson with a nice behind the back pass for the layup to make it 48-15. Cedartown was able to get on the board with a pair of free throws to make it 48-17.

On the next possession for Pickens, Sophomore Bella Hopkins found Nelson open in the corner for the three to make it 51-17. After a steal by Freshman Emmie Moore, Hopkins found a streaking Powell for the layup to make it 53-17. The Lady Bulldogs would then make another pair of free throws to make it 53-19. There was a Freshman to Freshman connection as Deering found Moore, who drove to the basket and hit a floater to make it 55-19. Cedartown answered with a nice turnaround move for the layup to make it 55-21. Another steal by Moore led to a bucket on the other end as Caroline Mullins laid it in to make it 57-21. The scoring in the third continued for the Nettes as Sophomore Emery Bryant found Moore for the layup to make it 59-21. After a steal by Powell, she found Deering, who found an open Moore for the three to make it 62-21 going to the fourth.

Nettes with the ball in the third quarter

 

The shortened fourth quarter saw Pickens get the first points as Deering found Powell for the three to make it 65-21. Cedartown got their first points of the fourth after a drive to the basket resulted in a layup to make it 65-23. The Lady Bulldogs followed that up with a pair of free throws to make it 65-25. Cedartown again got a layup as they were able to grab a tipped pass to make it 65-27. The Nettes were able to end the Lady Bulldog run after Junior Adrienne Plumley found Bryant for the layup and the foul. Cedartown came back on the other end to hit a three pointer to make it 67-30. After an offensive rebound by Bryant, good ball movement led to Plumley finding Bryant again for the layup to make it 69-30. The Lady Bulldogs were able to hit another pair of free throws to make it 69-32. After a steal, Sophomore Emery Steinhauer took it all the way for the score to make it 71-32. After another steal by the Nettes, Steinhauer found a wide open Plumley under the basket for the layup with just seconds left in the game as Pickens took this one, 73-32.

 

Leading Scorers For The Nettes:

Caroline Mullins: 16 points

Amanda Nelson: 12 points

Carmyn Mullins: 11 points

Emma Gleason: 10 points

Emmie Moore: 9 points

Madison Powell: 7 points

Emery Bryant: 4 points

Emery Steinhauer: 2 points

Adrienne Plumley: 2 points

 

7-AAAA Girls Region Standings:

Pickens: 22-2 (12-0) #1 seed in region tournament

Heritage: 16-7 (9-3) #2 or #3 seed in region tournament

Northwest Whitfield: 16-9 (9-3) #2 or #3 seed in region tournament

Central-Carroll: 10-14 (6-6) #4 seed in region tournament

Cedartown: 4-16 (3-9) #5 seed in region tournament

Ridgeland: 5-19 (2-10) #6 seed in region tournament

Southeast Whitfield: 1-23 (1-10) #7 seed in region tournament

 

With the win, Nettes head coach Brandon Thomas collected his 101st win since taking over. That moves him to 2nd all time in Nettes coaching wins. Only behind the man that the court is named after at Pickens High School, Roy Cowart. The 2021-22 season is Coach Thomas’ 5th as Nettes head coach. The Nettes, will await their next opponent as they prepare for their 7-AAAA Region Tournament Semifinal opponent on Thursday. While the opponent is to be determined, the game, and all of the tournament games will be at Northwest Whitfield.

Dragons pick up big region win against Raiders

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Jasper, Ga — After the girls game, the Senior Night festivities began as Seniors from both the Nettes and Dragons basketball teams, the dance team, and the cheerleading squad were recognized. As for the boys game, this was a must win for both the Dragons and the Raiders as both came in with identical 10-13 overall records, but Pickens came in with a better region record at 4-6 while Southeast Whitfield came in with a 4-7 region record. The Dragons, defeated the Raiders in Dalton on January 14th, 64-51 and were looking for the in season sweep. After a good, hard fought back and forth, Pickens came away with a 65-60 win.

 

Southeast Whitfield started the game off with a bucket to make it 2-0 early. Senior Collin Kellogg tied things up a 2 a piece, then fellow Senior Caleb Bryant gave the Dragons their first lead of the night with a layup to make it 4-2. Kellogg made a shot and hit the free throw to make it 7-2 Pickens. After a 5-0 run by the Raiders to tie things up at 7, Senior Luke Rogers gave the Dragons the lead back with a bucket to make it 9-7. Bryant extended the lead after splitting a pair of free throws to make it 10-7. A bucket by the Raiders cut the lead down to 10-9. Caleb Keith, then made two free throws to make it 12-9. After a bucket and a free throw make, Southeast Whitfield tied the game back up at 12. They would then retake the lead with a bucket to make it 14-12. Camden Dunn responded with a three pointer to give the Dragons a 15-14 lead. The Raiders then reclaimed the lead after a bucket to make it 16-15. Kellogg closed out the quarter with a bucket to give Pickens a 17-16 lead going to the second quarter.

Dragons looking for a stop defensively

 

Keith got things going in the second quarter as he hit a three pointer to make it 20-16 Dragons. The Raiders responded with an 8-0 run to take a 24-20 lead. Both teams then traded buckets until Southeast Whitfield went on a 5-0 run to make it 31-24. Pickens closed the first half on a 7-0 run as Marcus Pike got a tough layup to fall, Bryant got another bucket, and Jaden Stewart hit a three to tie things up at 31 going to the half.

Dragons looking for offense in the second

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third quarter started off much like the first quarter did with the Raiders getting the opening bucket to retake the lead, 33-31. A quick 4-0 run from Kellogg and Kadyn Hampton gave the Dragons a 35-33 lead. After Southeast Whitfield split a pair of free throw attempts, Rogers extended the Pickens lead to 37-34 after a bucket. After the Raiders made a three pointer to again tie the ball game up, the Dragons went on a 6-0 run as Rogers made a pair of free throws and made a shot, and Bryant also made a shot to make it 43-37. A three by Southeast Whitfield put an end to the run and cut the lead down to 43-40. The two teams then again traded buckets as Stewart got the last points of the quarter with a three to make it 48-42 Dragons going to the fourth.

Dragons with the ball in the second half

 

The fourth quarter began with the Raiders getting a bucket to make it 48-44. Hampton answered with a bucket to make it 50-44. After Southeast Whitfield connected on a bucket and the free throw attempt, Rogers made a bucket to make it 52-47. After both teams made shots, the Raiders went on a 4-0 run to cut the Dragons lead down to 54-53. Hampton then made another tough bucket to make it 56-53. A pair of free throws by the Raiders made it 56-55. After a Stewart layup, Southeast Whitfield responded with a bucket to make it 58-57. Pickens answered that with a 5-0 run as Stewart made a three pointer and Hampton made a bucket to make it 63-57. A three pointer by the Raiders then cut the lead to 63-60. After a turnover by the Dragons, Bryant came up big with a steal and a layup at the other end to give the Dragons a 65-60 win.

 

Leading Scorers For The Dragons:

Jaden Stewart: 13 points

Caleb Bryant: 11 points

Kadyn Hampton: 10 points

Luke Rogers: 10 points

Collin Kellogg: 9 points

Caleb Keith: 7 points

Camden Dunn: 3 points

Marcus Pike: 2 points

 

7-AAAA Boys Region Standings:

Central-Carroll: 16-8 (10-2) will be the #1 seed in the region tournament

Northwest Whitfield: 21-3 (9-3) will be the #2 seed in the region tournament

Cedartown: 10-11 (7-4) will be the #3 seed in the region tournament

Pickens: 11-13 (5-6) will be either the #4 or #5 seed in the region tournament

Heritage: 9-13 (5-7) will be either the #$ or #5 seed in the region tournament

Southeast Whitfield: 10-14 (4-8) will be the #6 seed in the region tournament

Ridgeland: 8-16 (1-11) will be the #7 seed in the region tournament

 

One more game to go in the regular season as the Dragons will host the Cedartown Bulldogs on Thursday, February 10th in a big time region game. This is the make up game from a few weeks back as the original game could not be played due to weather. A win for the Dragons will make them the #4 seed in the upcoming region tournament. Tip off set for 7:30.

Nettes roll against Southeast Whitfield on Senior Night

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Jasper, Ga — A big crowd was on hand as the Pickens Dragonettes 20-2 (10-0), welcomed the Southeast Whitfield Lady Raiders 1-21 (1-10) to the Dragons Den for Senior Night. The Nettes, came in riding an 18 game winning streak after defeating the 10th ranked team in Single-A Private, the Darlington Lady Tigers on Saturday. The Lady Raiders also had reason to be excited as they picked up their first win of the season against Ridgeland last week. Using a fantastic defensive effort, the Nettes came away with a 59-7 win.

 

Senior Carmyn Mullins got the scoring started for the Nettes in the first quarter as they took a quick 2-0 lead. Younger sister of Carmyn, Sophomore Caroline Mullins, followed that up with a steal for an easy layup to make it 4-0. After a nice set up from fellow Senior Amanda Nelson, Carmyn Mullins made another shot to make it 6-0. Junior Madison Powell nailed the first three pointer of the game to make it 9-0. Freshman Emmie Moore made an impact early on as she hit a three pointer to make it 12-0. Caroline Mullins got in on the three pointer party as she hit one to make it 15-0 Nettes going to the second quarter.

Nettes with the ball in the first quarter

 

In the second quarter, Pickens continued it’s great play on both sides of the court. To begin the scoring in the second quarter, Sophomore Bella Hopkins hit a three pointer to make it 18-0. Hopkins then nailed a floater after a nice dish from Caroline Mullins to make it 20-0. Senior Amanda Nelson then got her first points of the night as she hit a three pointer to make it 23-0. Hopkins, continued her stellar second quarter with another three pointer to make it 26-0. Carmyn Mullins then had a nice put back score after fighting for a rebound to make it 28-0. Another Freshman, Brylee Deering, got her first points of the game after a nice pump fake led to a nice make on a jump shot to make it 30-0. Junior Emma Gleason got her first points of the game late in the first half as Caroline Mullins found her wide open underneath the basket for a layup to make it 32-0. Just before the end of the first half, Junior Jazmine Chastain got a steal and took it all the way down the floor for the layup. Going into the break, the Nettes led the Lady Raiders, 34-0.

Nettes pitched a shutout in the first half

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second half, was a shortened half as both the third and fourth quarters were both 6 minute quarters instead of the usual 8 minute quarters. In the third quarter, the Nettes continued their scoring ways as the Senior to Senior connection was in play as Carmyn Mullins dished it to a cutting Nelson for the layup to make it 36-0. The Lady Raiders, got their first points of the game on a three pointer to make it 36-3. After a rebound by Hopkins, she found a sprinting Gleason down the floor who then laid it up an in to make 38-3. After getting fouled, Carmyn Mullins went 2-2 from the free throw line to make it 40-3. A nice in-bounds play set up a Moore jumper after a good pass from Nelson to make it 42-3. Good ball movement from the Nettes, and a pass from Moore,  led to a three pointer from Gleason to make it 45-3. A scramble for a loose ball on the next Lady Raider possession led to Southeast Whitfield getting an open layup to make it 45-5. On the next possession for Pickens, Moore had a nice drive and kick as she found an open Deering for the three to make it 48-5. A final shot before the buzzer would not fall for the Nettes as we’d head to the fourth with Pickens ahead, 48-5.

Senior Amanda Nelson with the ball

 

To start the fourth, Carmyn Mullins got fouled and hit both shots to make it 50-5. A little later on in the fourth, Hopkins found Nelson for a layup to make it 52-5. After the two teams traded possessions for a bit, the Lady Raiders got a jump shot to go to make it 52-7. After a steal by the Nettes, Carmyn Mullins found Nelson for the layup to make it 54-7. After grabbing the offensive rebound, and using good ball movement, Sophomore Emery Steinhauer found Deering who hit a bank shot three pointer to make it 57-7. A steal by Deering on the Lady Raiders next possession led to an open layup for Steinhauer as she made it 59-7. The final seconds would then tick away as the Nettes came away with their 19th straight win by defeating the Southeast Whitfield Lady Raiders, 59-7.

 

7-AAAA Girls Region Standings:

Pickens: 21-2 (11-0) will be the #1 seed in the region tournament

Heritage: 16-7 (9-3) will be either the #2 or #3 seed in the region tournament

Northwest Whitfield: 16-9 (9-3) will be either the #2 or #3 seed in the region tournament

Central-Carroll: 10-14 (6-6) will be the #4 seed in the region tournament

Cedartown: 4-15 (3-8) will be the #5 seed in the region tournament

Ridgeland: 5-19 (2-10) will be the #6 seed in the region tournament

Southeast Whitfield: 1-22 (1-11) will be the #7 seed in the region tournament

 

While they did already have Senior Night to recognize the Senior basketball players, cheerleaders, and dance team, there is still one more home game left to be played. Cedartown, will come to Jasper on Thursday, February 10th to close out the regular season. This is a make up game from several weeks back as the original game was canceled due to weather. Tip off for this one is set for 6 pm.

Nettes defeat Darlington for 18th consecutive win

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Jasper, Ga — On Saturday, February 5th, the Pickens Dragonettes put their 17 game win streak on the line as they welcomed the Darlington Lady Tigers to the Dragons Den for a late season non-region game. Coming into the game, the Nettes were 19-2, (10-0), and coming off a big 39-31 road win over Northwest Whitfield. The Lady Tigers, came in at 18-4 overall (5-2), and winners of three straight. After trailing in the first half, the Nettes used a big second half run to pick up a 50-44 win.

 

Darlington got things going early on as they made a bucket, then stole the ensuing in-bounds pass and made another basket to make it 4-0. Caroline Mullins got Pickens on the board with a three pointer to make it 4-3. After a bucket by the Lady Tigers, Amanda Nelson and Carmyn Mullins hit back to back three pointers to give the Nettes a 9-6 lead. Darlinton countered with a 7-0 run to retake the lead, 13-9. Carmyn Mullins split a pair of free throws and the Lady Tigers hit a pair of free throws to make it 15-10. Carmyn Mullins and Emma Gleason then went on a 4-0 run to make it 15-14 Darlington. The Lady Tigers then split a pair of free throws to give them a 16-14 lead going to the second.

 

Nettes with the ball in the first quarter

 

Caroline Mullins got things going in the second quarter as she hit a bucket to tie it up at 16 a piece. Darlington answered with a 9-0 run to give the Lady Tigers a 25-16 lead. Nelson, cut the lead to 6 with a three pointer to make it 25-19. Madison Powell then went 3 out of 4 from the free throw line to cut the Darlington lead down to 25-22 at the half.

 

Nettes displaying tough defensive play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nelson, began the second half by tying the game at 25 after hitting a three pointer. Darlington regained the lead after a 4-0 run to go ahead, 29-25. Caroline Mullins made a bucket to cut it to 29-27. After a bucket by the Lady Tigers, the Mullins sisters went on a 5-0 run as Caroline hit a three pointer, and older sister Carmyn made a layup to give Pickens a 32-31 lead. After Darlington made a basket to retake the lead, Gleason gave the Nettes the lead back with a late bucket. Going to the fourth, the Nettes led the Lady Tigers, 34-33.

 

Caroline Mullins passes to Amanda Nelson

 

Darlington opened up the fourth quarter with a three pointer to give the Lady Tigers a 36-34 lead. Caroline Mullins gave the Nettes the lead back with a 4-0 run, making it 38-36. After the Lady Tigers made a bucket and a free throw, Pickens went on a big 7-0 run as Powell hit a layup and a three pointer and Caroline Mullins added a pair of free throws to make it 45-39. Darlington then cut the lead down to 45-41. Caroline Mullins and Nelson went 2-4 on free throw attempts to make it 47-41. A three pointer by the Lady Tigers cut the Pickens lead down to 47-44. Nelson closed the game out going 3-4 from the free throw line to give the Nettes a 50-44 win.

 

Leading Scorers For The Nettes:

Caroline Mullins: 17 points

Amanda Nelson: 13 points

Madison Powell: 8 points

Carmyn Mullins: 8 points

Emma Gleason: 4 points

 

The Nettes, will get back into 7-AAAA play on Tuesday as they will host the Southeast Whitfield Lady Raiders. The Nettes, have already clinched a regular season region championship and will be the #1 seed in the upcoming 7-AAAA Region Tournament. Tip off against the Lady Raiders is set for 6 pm.

Generals defeat Dragons in tough region contest

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Jasper, Ga — After the game between the Nettes and Lady Generals was over, it was time for the Pickens Dragons and the Heritage Generals to take the floor. Coming into the game, the Dragons held a record of 9-11 (3-4) while the Generals came in at 8-9 (4-4). Both teams were looking for a win to stay in the thick of the 7-AAAA standings race with only a couple weeks left until the region tournament. The first meeting between these two in December went the way of the Generals as they defeated the Dragons 56-31 at Heritage. In what was a very physical game, a tough fourth quarter led to the Generals coming away with a 49-46 win.

 

The first quarter got off to a very rough start for both teams as turnovers and missed shots were the theme to begin the game. Heritage, finally broke the drought and went on a 4-0 run to give them the lead. A bucket by Collin Kellogg got the Dragons on the board and cut the Generals lead in half. Heritage would respond by going on a 6-0 run to make it 10-2. A free throw make by Luke Rogers made it 10-3 Generals going to the second.

Luke Rogers looking for a teammate

 

To start the second quarter, Rogers again split a pair of free throws to make it 10-4. After a three pointer by the Generals, the Dragons went on a 9-0 run powered by two three pointers from Jaden Stewart, and Rogers converting an and-1 to tie things up at 13. The tie didn’t last long as the Generals got an and-1 of their own to retake the lead, 16-13. The Dragons ended the first half on a 5-0 run as Stewart hit his third three pointer of the quarter and Caleb Keith made a layup just before the buzzer to give Pickens an 18-16 lead at the break.

Dragons defending the Generals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third quarter began with Caleb Bryant hitting two free throws to make it 20-16. Caleb Keith kept the run going with a three pointer to make it 23-16. All together, the Dragons went on a 10-0 run to take the first lead of the game. Heritage answered with a 4-0 run to make it 23-20. After the two teams traded buckets, Pickens went on a 7-0 run as Kadyn Hampton contributed 4 points, and Camden Dunn hit a three to make it 37-25 Dragons. The Generals then got a bucket to cut the lead down to 37-27. Rogers got a bucket to drop as Pickens took a 39-27 lead over Heritage into the fourth.

Dragons with the ball in the third

 

The Generals started the fourth quarter on a 7-0 run to cut the Dragons lead down to 39-34. Rogers then countered with a 5-0 run on his own as he made two field goals and made a free throw to make it 44-34. A 13-0 run from Heritage would flip the game and give the Generals their first lead since the second quarter at 47-44. Rogers and Hampton both split a pair of free throws to make it 47-46. A pair of free throws from Heritage made it 49-46. The Dragons had a couple final chances for a game tying three pointer, but they would fall short and the Generals would come away with the win, 49-46.

 

7-AAAA Region Standings:

Central-Carroll: 13-6 (7-1)

Northwest Whitfield: 17-3 (6-3)

Cedartown: 7-9 (5-3)

Heritage: 9-9 (5-4)

Pickens: 9-12 (3-5)

Southeast Whitfield: 8-12 (2-6)

Ridgeland: 7-12 (1-7)

 

A two game road trip for the Dragons starts on Friday, January 28th as they will travel up to Rossville to take on the Ridgeland Panthers. Earlier this month, the Dragons came away with a 61-58 win over the Panthers in Jasper. Tip off for this one is set for 7:30.

Nettes run winning streak to 15 games

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Jasper, Ga — It was a big game feel inside the Dragons Den on Tuesday, January 25th as the top two teams in 7-AAAA were set for a rematch in Jasper. Coming into the game, the Pickens Dragonettes held a record of 16-2 (7-0) and riding a 14 game win streak. The Heritage Lady Generals, came into the game with a record of 14-4 (7-1) and a 10 game win streak of their own. Both teams came in ranked in the top ten of the 4A poll in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution with the Nettes at #5 and the Lady Generals at #8. The previous match up between these two teams in December saw the Nettes come away with a 31-23 win in a defensive contest. Thr Nettes, used a hot shooting second period and tough defense to help earn a 46-35 win.

 

The first quarter was very much back and forth between these two teams as was expected. The Nettes, jumped out to a 5-2 lead, but the Lady Generals quickly answered and took the lead, 6-5. Two three pointers by Bella Howell and Madison Powell gave Pickens an 11-6 lead over Heritage going to the second.

Nettes with the ball late in the first

 

In the second quarter, the Nettes were lighting it up from beyond the arc. Caroline Mullins got it going with two three pointers in a row. After a bucket by the Lady Raiders made it 17-8, Pickens got three straight three pointers as Amanda Nelson connected for two three’s, and Powell hit her second three pointer of the game to give the Nettes a 26-8 lead over the Lady Generals going to the half.

Nettes allowed 2 points in the second

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the third quarter, Caroline Mullins got things going with a bucket to make it 28-8. After a pair of free throws from the Lady Generals made it 28-10, Carmyn Mullins got a point back after going 1 for 2 from the line. Heritage got their first field goal of the quarter, then Hopkins answered with a three pointer to make in 32-12 Nettes. Later on in the quarter, after a bucket by Heritage, Amanda Nelson hit another three pointer, and Emma Gleason went 1-2 from the line to make it 36-14. The Lady Generals closed the third quarter on a 6-0 run to make it 36-20 going to the fourth.

Nettes with the ball in the third quarter

 

The fourth quarter saw Caroline Mullins score 7 of her 17 points on the night. While Heritage outscored Pickens in the quarter, 15-10, the Nettes came away with the 46-35 win to earn an in season sweep of the Lady Generals. The win now gives the Nettes a 2 game lead in the loss column in the region for the top spot as we inch closer to region tournament time.

 

Leading Scorers For The Nettes:

Caroline Mullins: 17 points

Amanda Nelson: 12 points

Bella Hopkins: 7 points

Madison Powell 6 points

 

7-AAAA Region Standings:

Pickens: 17-2 (8-0)

Heritage: 14-5 (7-2)

Northwest Whitfield: 14-7 (7-2)

Central-Carroll: 7-12 (3-5)

Cedartown: 4-10 (3-5)

Ridgeland: 4-15 (1-7)

Southeast Whitfield: 0-19 (0-8)

 

The Nettes, will begin a quick two game road trip on Friday, January 28th when they head up to Rossville to take on the Lady Panthers of Ridgeland. These two teams met earlier this month, with the Nettes coming away with a 64-16 win. Tip off for this one is set for 6 pm.

Dragons fall to Bobcats in physical rivalry game

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Jasper, Ga — After the girls game, it was time for the Dragons and Bobcats to take the floor. The Dragons, were coming off of a 64-51 win over Southeast Whitfield on the road to run their win streak to 5 games in a row. The Bobcats, came into the game having won a tough back and forth game with West Hall on the road, 54-51. Gilmer, won the first two meetings of the season against Pickens by scores of 60-53, and 66-56. Pickens, got on the board with a 59-46 win last month. After much back and forth and very physical play from both sides, the Bobcats came away with a 53-46 win.

 

To open the ball game, the Bobcats got on the board first with a bucket to give themselves a 2-0 lead. Jaden Stewart answered for the Dragons with a three pointer to make it 3-2. After a bucket by Gilmer, Pickens went on a 5-0 run as Luke Rogers made a bucket and Collin Kellogg hit a three to make it 8-5. After a Bobcat bucket made it 8-7, the Dragons went on a 7-0 run with 5 of those 7 points coming from Kellogg to make it 15-7. Gilmer would then go 1 for 2 from the free throw line to make it 15-8. Marcus Pike hit a shot to give Pickens a 17-8 lead going to the second quarter.

Dragons on offense

Just like the first quarter, the second quarter began with a bucket by Cade Carter of the Bobcats. Caleb Keith quickly answered with a bucket of his own to make it 19-10 Dragons. After a pair of free throws from Gilmer, Rogers made a bucket to again keep the Pickens lead at 9. A free throw make and a bucket by the Bobcats cut the lead down to 21-15. A pair of free throws from Chanler Dunn made it 23-15 Dragons. Gilmer, would then close the first half on an 8-0 run to tie this game up at 23 heading to the break.

Dragons on defense in the second quarter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To start the second half, Gilmer again put the first points on the board as they hit a three pointer to make it 26-23. Caleb Bryant would then hit a pair of free throws and Rogers made a bucket to give the Dragons a 27-26 lead. After a bucket and an and-one conversion by the Bobcats, Rogers made another bucket to tie it up at 29. After a three pointer gave Gilmer the lead back, Rogers hit another shot to cut it to 32-31. An Ethan Banks bucket made it 34-31. Rogers, continued his scoring surge in the third as he again made another bucket to make it 34-33. A 4-0 run from the Bobcats to close out the third made it 38-33 going to the fourth.

Dragons with the ball in the second half

The scoring run from the third quarter carried over to the fourth quarter for Gilmer as they opened with a three pointer to make it 41-33. Keith then answered with a three to make it 41-36. After a bucket by the Bobcats, Kadyn Hampton made two free throws to make it 43-38. A Mark Tyson bucket made it 45-38. Hampton, got the hoop and the harm as he would complete the three point play to make it 45-41. After a free throw from Banks, Kellogg hit a three pointer to make it 46-44. From then on it would become a free throw game as the Bobcats scored 5 of their last 7 points from the charity stripe, while the Dragons could only manage a late Stewart bucket in the late stages of this one. The final in this one, 53-46 Gilmer.

 

Leading Scorers For Gilmer:

Ethan Banks: 17 points

Mark Tyson: 13 points

Lewis Mulkey: 6 points

Will Kiker: 6 points

Christian Somner: 6 points

 

Leading Scorers For Pickens:

Luke Rogers: 14 points

Collin Kellogg: 11 points

Jaden Stewart: 5 points

Caleb Keith: 5 points

Kadyn Hampton: 5 points

 

7-AAAA Boys Region Standings:

Central-Carroll: 11-5 (6-0)

Heritage: 8-7 (4-2)

Northwest Whitfield: 13-3 (3-3)

Cedartown: 5-8 (3-3)

Pickens: 9-10 (3-3)

Southeast Whitfield: 7-10 (2-4)

Ridgeland: 6-10 (0-6)

 

Weather permitting the Dragons will be back in action on Tuesday, January 18th as they host the Cedartown Bulldogs in a key 7-AAAA match up. As you can see from the standings above, both teams are tied for third in the region currently. Pickens holds a win over Northwest Whitfield, Northwest Whitfield holds a win over Cedartown, and Cedartown holds a win over Pickens. The Dragons will look to earn a season split with Cedartown after the Bulldogs survived after a late rally to beat Pickens 55-52 earlier this season. Tip off set for 7:30.

Nettes sweep season series from Gilmer

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Jasper, Ga — After coming off of a big 75-18 win over Southeast Whitfield on the road on Friday, the 14th, the Pickens Dragonettes turned right back around and welcomed the Gilmer Lady Cats to the Dragons Den for a non-region contest on Saturday, January 15th. Coming into the game, the Nettes were riding a 12-game winning streak. The Nettes won the prior two meetings with the Lady Cats this season and were looking to complete the season sweep. The first meeting saw the Nettes come away with a 56-50 win in Blue Ridge. The second meeting saw Pickens again come away with a 55-49 win in Ellijay. The Nettes, outscored the Lady Cats, 37-22 in the second half in route to a 53-38 win.

 

The Nettes got the first quarter going early with a bucket by Carmyn Mullins to make it 2-0 early. After Gilmer tied it up a 2, Pickens went on a 5-0 run after a three by Carmyn Mullins and a bucket by Emma Gleason to give the Nettes a 7-2 lead. A 4-0 run from the Lady Cats cut the lead down to 7-6. The Nettes would go on an 8-0 run to close the quarter as Amanda Nelson and Bella Hopkins both hit three’s, and Caroline Mullins nailed a jumper just as times expired to make it 15-6 Nettes, going to the second.

Nettes with strong defense early on

In the second quarter, after the teams traded a foul each, Caroline Mullins would go 1 for 2 from the line. Her sister, Carmyn, got the rebound and made the bucket to make it 18-6 Pickens. After a 4-0 run by the Lady Cats was stopped by a bucket from Gleason, Gilmer went on another 4-0 run to cut the Nettes lead down to 20-14. Hopkins, answered with a three to make it 23-14. After a bucket by the Lady Cats, Madison Powell got in on the act with a three of her own to make it 26-16 Pickens at the half.

Nettes with the ball on offense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To start the third quarter, Caroline Mullins hit a three pointer to make it 29-16. After a bucket and a free throw by Gilmer, Hopkins hit two free throws of her own to make it 31-19. After the two free throws, the Nettes turned on the defense and Caroline Mullins went on an 8-0 run by herself to make it 39-19. After a bucket by the Lady Cats to stop the run, Nelson hit a free throw to make it 40-21. The two teams then traded three pointers to make it 43-24 Nettes. A bucket by Gilmer to close the third quarter made it 43-26 Pickens going to the fourth.

Madison Powell with the basketball

A pair of free throws by the Lady Cats started the scoring in the fourth quarter. After a bucket from Caroline Mullins, Gilmer went on a 4-0 run to make it 45-32. A bucket by Gleason and a free throw make from Caroline Mullins made it 48-32. The teams traded free throws for a bit, then Gilmer made a bucket to make it 49-36. The Nettes, then got back to back buckets from Caroline Mullins and Powell to make it 53-36. The Lady Cats would make two final free throws before the end of the quarter to make it a 53-38 Pickens win.

 

Leading Scorers For Gilmer:

Elly Callihan: 9 points

Lucy Ray: 8 points

Charley Poteet: 6 points

Aliza Chastain: 5 points

 

Leading Scorers For Pickens:

Caroline Mullins: 20 points

Bella Hopkins: 8 points

Madison Powell: 8 points

Carmyn Mullins: 7 points

Emma Gleason: 6 points

Amanda Nelson: 4 points

 

7-AAAA Girls Region Standings:

Pickens: 15-2 (6-0)

Heritage: 12-4 (5-1)

Northwest Whitfield: 10-7 (4-2)

Central-Carroll: 7-9 (3-3)

Cedartown: 3-8 (2-4)

Ridgeland: 4-12 (1-5)

Southeast Whitfield: 0-16 (0-6)

 

The Nettes, will be back at it on Tuesday, January 18th (weather permitting) as they welcome the Cedartown Lady Bulldogs to Jasper for a 7-AAAA match up. Pickens defeated Cedartown earlier in the season, 62-31 at Cedartown. Tip off for this one is set for 6 pm.

Dragons pick up big region win over Northwest Whitfield

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Jasper, Ga — After the Nettes thrilling win over the Lady Bruins, it was time for the Pickens Dragons and the Northwest Whitfield Bruins to take the floor. Coming into the game, the Dragons had won two straight, and came in with a record of 7-9 (1-3). The Bruins, came into the game with a record of 10-2 (2-2). During halftime of the girls game, Pickens High School recognized Dragons head boys basketball coach Mike Duffie on achieving 500 wins in his career. Duffie accomplished the feet on the road at North Murray during a Christmas Tournament in December. The ball was painted by PHS Art teacher Nikki Towery. The ball featured every school that Duffie has coached throughout the years as well as the trademark cowboy boots he wears during games.

500 win ball presented to coach Mike Duffie

As for the game, the Dragons got off to a fast start in the first quarter as Luke Rogers went on a 4-0 run to give Pickens the early lead. After a pair of free throws from the Bruins, Rogers made a third bucket of the first quarter to make it 6-2. Northwest Whitfield would cut the lead to 6-4, but Rogers and Collin Kellogg would respond with a 4-0 run to make it 10-4. A bucket and a free throw by the Bruins made it 10-7. Rogers, stayed hot as he went on a 3-0 run to make it 13-7. Northwest Whitfield chipped away at the Dragons lead again with a pair of free throws to make it 13-9. There went that man again as Rogers made a bucket and the free throw to make it 16-9. After a bucket by the Bruins, Jaden Stewart hit a three and Caleb Keith made a bucket to make it 21-11 Dragons going to the second.

Dragons on offense in the first quarter

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the second quarter, the Bruins started off on an 8-0 run to cut the Pickens lead down to 21-19. Kellogg and Isaiah Williams made back to back buckets to make it 25-19. A 5-0 run by Northwest Whitfield cut the lead to 25-24. The pair of Williams and Kellogg again stretched the lead out for the Dragons as the 4-0 run closed the first half, giving the Dragons a 29-24 lead going into the break.

Dragons defending the Bruins

The 4-0 run to close the first half by the Dragons turned into a 9-0 run overall as Stewart hit a three and Kellogg made a bucket to start the third quarter with a 5-0 run, and make it, 34-24. After a three pointer by the Bruins, Kadyn Hampton hit a pair of free throws to make it 36-27. A 5-0 run by Northwest Whitfield then cut the Dragons lead to 36-32. Pickens, answered with a 9-0 run with 6 of those 9 points coming off of three straight Hampton buckets. Caleb Bryant capped off the run with a three pointer to make it 45-32. After a bucket by the Bruins ended that run, the Dragons started a new one as they went on a 7-0 run with 6 of those 7 points coming from Bryant as he made two baskets and two free throws. Rogers also made a free throw during the run to make it 52-34. The Bruins made a free throw to close out the scoring in the third and we’d head to the fourth quarter with Pickens ahead, 52-35.

Dragons on offense in the second half

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the fourth quarter, the Bruins got the scoring started with a bucket to make it 52-37. A bucket by Stewart and a pair of free throws from Rogers made it 56-37. After a three by Northwest Whitfield, the Caleb’s (Keith and Bryant), combined for a 5-0 run as Caleb Keith hit a three and Caleb Bryant made a bucket to make it 61-40. Following a bucket by the Bruins, Hampton made a pair of free throws to make it 63-42. A 5-0 run from Northwest Whitfield made it 63-47. A pair of free throws by Stewart closed this one out as the Dragons came away with a 65-47 win.

 

Leading scorers for the Dragons:

Luke Rogers: 17 points, 12 rebounds

Kadyn Hampton: 12 points, 12 rebounds

Jaden Stewart: 10 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists

Caleb Bryant: 9 points

Collin Kellogg: 8 points, 7 rebounds

Caleb Keith: 5 points

Isaiah Williams: 4 points

 

7-AAAA Region Standings:

Central-Carroll: 9-5 (4-0)

Heritage: 7-5 (4-0)

Cedartown: 4-6 (2-2)

Pickens: 8-9 (2-3)

Northwest Whitfield: 10-3 (2-3)

Southeast Whitfield: 5-9 (1-3)

Ridgeland: 5-8 (0-4)

 

The Dragons, will carry a 2 game region winning streak and a 3 game overall winning streak into next Friday as they head to Southeast Whitfield to take on the Raiders. Tip off for that one is scheduled for 8:30.

Nettes defeat Northwest Whitfield in 7-AAAA battle

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Jasper, Ga — It was a bitterly cold night in Jasper on Friday, January 7th as the Pickens Dragonettes welcomed the Northwest Whitfield Lady Bruins to the Dragons Den for a battle of the two undefeated teams in region play. Coming into the game, the Nettes were riding a 10 game win streak and brought in a record of 12-2 (4-0) while the Lady Bruins came in with a record of 8-5 (4-0). The Nettes, swept the Lady Bruins last season on their way to a 7-AAAA title and knew that Northwest Whitfield had revenge on their minds. In a back and forth game that saw multiple ties and lead changes, the Nettes came away with a hard fought 43-41 win.

 

In the first quarter, the Nettes got off to a 5-0 start. After a 5-0 run by the Lady Bruins to tie things up, Emma Gleason made a bucket to give the Nettes a 7-5 lead. After a pair of free throws by Northwest Whitfield to tie it back up, Amanda Nelson made a bucket to give Pickens the two point lead. Before the end of the quarter, the Lady Bruins were able to tie it back up and send this one to the second quarter all knotted up at 9.

Nettes with the ball on offense

In the second quarter, the Nettes retook the lead after a Caroline Mullins bucket to make it 11-9. The Lady Bruins, responded with a 5-0 run to make it 14-11 and to take the lead for the first time. Bella Hopkins then tied it back up with a three pointer. Carmyn Mullins followed that up with a bucket to make it 16-14 Pickens. A run by Northwest Whitfield had them out front, 24-19 with little time left in the first half. Nelson, cut the Lady Bruins lead down to 24-22 just before the half ended to send us to the break.

Nettes defending Northwest Whitfield

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Nettes, started off the second half much like they did the first half by coming out on a 5-0 run to retake the lead once again, 27-24. An 8-0 run by the Lady Bruins helped them reclaim the lead 32-27. After a pair of free throws from Nelson, Emmie Moore hit a three pointer to tie things up at 32. Bella Hopkins then gave Pickens the lead with a pair of free throws. A bucket by Northwest Whitfield tied things up at 34 as we headed to the fourth quarter.

Nettes with the ball in the third

The Lady Bruins started the fourth quarter off with a three pointer to retake the lead, 37-34. Nelson, would then go to the free throw line on a couple of occasions as she was able to tie things up at 37. Hopkins then went 1-2 from the line to give the Nettes a one point lead, and Nelson made a bucket to put Pickens up, 40-37. Northwest Whitfield would respond with a 4-0 run to take a 41-40 lead. Needing a score, Caroline Mullins delivered for the Nettes as she made the bucket, then made the free throw to give the Nettes a 43-41 lead. The Lady Bruins, had a couple of chances in the final seconds but the defense for the Nettes held strong and Pickens came away with a 43-41 victory.

 

Leading Scorers For The Nettes:

Amanda Nelson: 13 points

Caroline Mullins: 11 points

Bella Hopkins: 9 points

Emmie Moore: 3 points

Madison Powell: 3 points

Emma Gleason: 2 points

Carmyn Mullins: 2 points

 

7-AAAA Basketball Standings:

Pickens: 13-2 (5-0)

Northwest Whitfield: 8-6 (4-1)

Heritage: 9-5 (3-1)

Central-Carroll: 6-8 (2-2)

Cedartown: 2-7 (1-3)

Ridgeland: 1-11 (0-4)

Southeast Whitfield: 0-14 (0-4)

 

The Nettes, will be back on the road on Friday, January 14th as they travel to take on the Southeast Whitfield Lady Raiders in another 7-AAAA region game. Tip off for that one scheduled for 7 pm.

Dragons pick up first region win of the season

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Jasper, Ga — The Dragons came into their game against the Ridgeland Panthers with some momentum after defeating their rivals, the Gilmer Bobcats last Thursday and looked to carry that momentum over into 2022. These two teams had similar records coming into the game with the Dragons at 6-9 and the Panthers at 5-6. Both teams were looking for their first win in 7-AAAA play as well. Even after their fourth quarter lead fell apart, the Dragons were able to brush that aside and defeat the Panthers 61-57.

 

In the first quarter, both teams went back and forth as it looked to be one of those games that was going to be tightly contested. Pickens, got two late three pointers to end the first quarter and take a 15-12 lead over Ridgeland going to the second.

Dragons setting up offensively

The second quarter was much like the first quarter with both teams finding success offensively. Also like the first quarter, the Dragons went on a late run to close out the first half with a 31-24 lead over the Panthers.

Dragons on defense in the second

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the third quarter, the Dragons used a great mixture of offense and defense to push their lead out to 17 at one point in the frame. Ridgeland was able to cut it down to 51-37 as we headed to the fourth quarter.

Jaden Stewart with the three attempt

The fourth quarter, well the fourth quarter was just plain nutty. The Panthers, who started the quarter down 14, came all the way back to take a 1 point lead. That lead for Ridgeland wouldn’t last long as the Dragons were able to retake the lead with a bucket to make it a 1 point lead for them. With the lead, the Dragons went to the free throw line to try to extend their advantage. After a miss, players from both teams had a grasp on the ball. Ridgeland called a timeout. However, it was a timeout that they didn’t have. After going 1 for 2 on the technical free throw shots, the Dragons were again fouled to go to the line shooting the 1 and 1. After a miss on the front end of the free throw shots, Kadyn Hampton came away with the ball after a scramble, and was fouled. Hampton, made both free throws as the Dragons came away with a 61-57 win.

 

Leading Scorers For The Dragons:

Caleb Keith: 23 points

Luke Rogers: 14 points

Jaden Stewart: 9 points

Caleb Bryant: 5 points

Kadyn Hampton: 4 points

Collin Kellogg: 3 points

Isaiah Williams: 3 points

 

7-AAAA Region Standings:

Central-Carroll: 8-5 (3-0)

Heritage: 6-5 (3-0)

Northwest Whitfield: 10-2 (2-2)

Cedartown: 4-6 (2-2)

Southeast Whitfield: 5-8 (1-2)

Pickens: 7-9 (1-3)

Ridgeland: 5-7 (0-3)

 

The Dragons, will be back at it on Friday night as they welcome the Northwest Whitfield Bruins to the Dragons Den. A win for the Dragons could move them up from 6th place, to that 3rd-5th place spot depending on how other games go across the region. Tip off for this one is set for 8:30.

Nettes open ’22 with a big win over Ridgeland

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Jasper, Ga — After what seemed like an eternity, the Nettes were finally back in Jasper inside the Dragons Den for a basketball game as they welcomed the Ridgeland Lady Panthers for a 7-AAAA tilt. This was the Nettes first true home game since December 10th as they had been on the road facing non-region opponents and winning the Carpet Capital Christmas Classic that was held at Christian Heritage High School. Coming into the game, the Nettes had won their last 9 games in a row to push their record to 11-2 overall and 3-0 in 7-AAAA heading into the new year. The Lady Panthers, came in struggling a bit but as we know, anything can happen on any given day. The Nettes, used a fantastic combination of defense turing into offense to come away with a 64-16 win.

 

The Nettes, went on a 7-0 run to start the game as Madison Powell knocked down a three, Emmie Moore than made a free throw, then Brylee Deering hit a three. After the Lady Panthers answered with a 4-0 run, Pickens went on a 9-0 run to make it 16-4. The Nettes got two free throws from Carmyn Mullins, buckets from Deering and Bella Hopkins, as well as a three from Amanda Nelson during the run. Again after a bucket from Ridgeland, the Nettes closed the quarter out with a bucket from Emma Gleason and a free throw from Powell to make it 19-6 going to the second quarter.

Nettes with the shot attempt

In the second quarter, the Nettes continued their run from the end of the first quarter as Ashaela Buchanan hit a three and Caroline Mullins made a bucket to make it 24-6. After a bucket by the Lady Panthers, Pickens would go on a major run. The Nettes went on a 17-0 run to make it 41-8. Ridgeland, closed out the first half on a 5-0 run to make it 41-13 Nettes at the break.

Nettes on defense in the second

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third quarter got going with an 8-0 run from the Nettes as Caroline Mullins, Deering, and Moore helped make it 49-13. After a bucket by the Lady Panthers, Pickens went on an 11-0 run to close out the third and make it 60-15 going to the fourth.

Nettes looking to pass the ball

Not much scoring happened in the fourth as the Nettes got a free throw from Moore and a three pointer from Buchanan. The Lady Panthers were able to hit a free throw as the Nettes came away with their 10th straight win, 64-16.

 

Leading Scorers For The Nettes:

Ashaela Buchanan: 12 points

Brylee Deering: 12 points

Bella Hopkins: 8 points

Caroline Mullins: 8 points

Amanda Nelson: 7 points

Madison Powell: 7 points

Emmie Moore: 4 points

Carmyn Mullins: 4 points

 

7-AAAA Region Standings:

Pickens: 12-2 (4-0)

Northwest Whitfield: 8-5 (4-0)

Heritage: 8-5 (2-1)

Central-Carroll: 5-8 (1-2)

Cedartown: 2-7 (1-3)

Ridgeland: 1-10 (0-3)

Southeast Whitfield: 0-13 (0-3)

 

The Nettes, will be back at it at home once again as they welcome the Northwest Whitfield Lady Bruins to town. As you can tell from the standings above, this will be for sole possession of first place in the region. These two have gone back and forth the last several years and it appears no different this season. Tip off is set for 7 pm.

Dragons end 2021 with win over Bobcats

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Jasper, Ga — What better way to close out 2021 than with some 515 rivalry action am I right? That’s what we got in Jasper on Thursday, December 30th as the Pickens Dragons took on the Gilmer Bobcats in the final day of the Pickens Holiday Tournament. For the Bobcats, they came into this game having fell to Creekview on Tuesday, and having beaten Lassiter on Wednesday. For the Dragons, they came into the game looking to end their 2021 on a high note after tough losses to Lassiter and Sonoraville on Tuesday and Wednesday. After jumping on them quickly in the first quarter, the Dragons came away with a big 59-46 win over the Bobcats.

 

In the first quarter, the Dragons used a good balance of defense and offense to jump out to a quick 12-6 lead. Pickens would then go on an 8-0 run getting three pointers from Jaden Stewart and Caleb Keith, as well as a bucket from Luke Rogers to make it 20-6. After a free throw make from the Bobcats’ Britt Taylor, Keith hit three to make it 23-7 Dragons going to the second quarter.

Dragons on offense late in the 1st

The second quarter started out with several runs as Rogers went on a 3-0 run to make it 26-7, then Luke Wimpey of Gilmer made three free throws to make it 26-10. After another Rogers free throw and an Isaiah Williams bucket, Pickens went up 29-10. The Bobcats then went on a 6-0 run to cut the lead down to 29-16. Stewart would then make a free throw and Collin Kellogg would hit a three pointer to make it 33-16. Gilmer closed out the first half on a 6-0 run to make it 33-22 Dragons going into the break.

Dragons defending the painted area

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After getting the final bucket of the first half, Mark Tyson of Gilmer began the second half by getting a bucket and cutting the lead to 33-24. Stewart then countered with a three pointer to make it 36-24. Taylor, then made a bucket to make it 36-26. The Dragons then went on an 11-0 run as Stewart hit a three and two layups during the run. Kellogg and Rogers got the run started with a pair of buckets. After a three pointer from Wimpey, Keith and Stewart made back to back buckets to make it 51-29 Pickens going to the fourth.

Dragons looking for an open shot

Keith, continued his hot shooting as he opened up the fourth quarter with a three pointer to make it 54-29. Back to back three pointers from Christian Sumner and Ethan Banks cut the lead to 54-35. After a bucket by Rogers, Banks and Keith would trade three point field goals. The Bobcats ended the game on an 8-0 run, but the Dragons came away with the win, 59-46.

 

Leading Scorers For Gilmer:

Ethan Banks: 14 points

Britt Taylor: 6 points

Will Kiker: 6 points

Mark Tyson: 4 points

 

Leading Scorers For Pickens:

Luke Rogers: 19 points

Jaden Stewart: 16 points

Caleb Keith: 14 points

Collin Kellogg: 5 points

 

The Dragons finish the 2021 part of their schedule at 6-9. They will look to get on the board in region play on Tuesday, January 4th as they welcome the Ridgeland Panthers to the Dragons Den for a 7-AAAA match up. Tip off for that one is set for 7:30 pm.

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