‘Nettes Tip Off 2017-18 Season With Road Win Over Chestatee

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Last night, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team traveled to Gainesville to take on the Lady War Eagles of Chestatee High School in the opening game of the 2017-18 season. Not only was it the first game of a new season, it was the first game for new ‘Nettes head coach Brandon Thomas, who made his return to PHS after several years as the head coach of the Winder-Barrow Lady Bulldogs.

 

These two teams went back and forth all evening and it started in the first quarter. The ‘Nettes were able to get out to a 13-7 lead over the Lady War Eagles after picking it up late in the quarter. In the 2nd, Both teams used defense to lead to success offensively. Chestatee would outscore Pickens in the 2nd, 15-14, but the ‘Nettes still held the advantage at the half, 27-22.

 

The 3rd quarter saw the action continue on where it left off in the 2nd. The Lady War Eagles used a 16-12 3rd quarter run to cut the Pickens lead to 39-38 going to the 4th and final period. In the 4th, with the help of a 15-11 run, clutch free throws, & a late technical, the ‘Nettes were able to hold onto the lead, & the win taking this one, 54-49.

 

Leading the way in points for the ‘Nettes were:

Torie Williams: 16

Mykenzie Weaver: 14

Shelby Cook: 10

 

The ‘Nettes will be back in action on Saturday afternoon as they head to Ellijay for the annual Thanksgiving Tip-Off Tournament featuring Pickens, Gilmer, Fannin, & Hiwassee Dam. Pickens, will be taking on the host team, the Gilmer Lady Cats on Saturday at 3 pm.

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Nettes’ Season Comes To An End Have Eyes On The Future

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Yesterday, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team traveled to Southeast Whitfield for the 7-AAAA Region Tournament, looking for a 2nd straight state tournament appearance. To do that, they had to get past the #4 seed, and host school, Southeast Whitfield. These two teams split during the regular season. The rubber match, would be the most important one.

 

In the opening quarter, things were back and forth for the majority of the frame. Southeast Whitfield took the upper hand going to the 2nd, 13-8. The Nettes’ came back in the 2nd quarter, keeping this one close. Pickens outscored the Lady Raiders 10-9, to cut the Southeast Whitfield lead to 22-18 going into the break.

 

In the 3rd, the Nettes’ looked to again chip away at the lead. The Lady Raiders again pulled away towards the end of the quarter, taking a 40-29 advantage to the 4th. In the 4th, while Pickens fought hard, Southeast Whitfield grew the lead and got the win, 64-42, ending the Nettes’ season.

 

Leading the way for the Nettes’ were:

Mackenzie Hampton: 13 points, 1 assist, & 5 rebounds

Autumn Young: 11 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, & 2 steals

Shelby Cook: 9 points, 1 rebound, & 1 block

Madison McClure: 3 points, 1 assist, & 7 rebounds

Torie Williams: 3 points, 3 assists, & 2 rebounds

Shae Chadwick: 2 points, 4 rebounds, & 1 steal

Ashley Nelson: 1 point, 2 assists, 10 rebounds, & 2 steals

 

While their season may have ended in tough fashion, there is a lot to be excited about with this Nettes’ team. Every girl that was on the varsity team this season will be back, not to mention the up and coming young ladies on the JV & 9th grade teams. The future is definitely bright for the Pickens Dragonettes.

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Nettes’ Defeat LaFayette One Win From State Tournament

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Last night, PHS Dragonettes’ varsity basketball team traveled to Southeast Whitfield to take part in the opening round of the 7-AAAA Region Tournament. Pickens, came into the ball game as the #5 seed and needed two wins if they wanted to make it to state. First, they had to get past LaFayette.

 

In the 1st quarter, the Nettes’ got off to a quick start. The Lady Ramblers got back into things by the end of the frame as Pickens held a 13-6 advantage going into the 2nd. In the 2nd quarter, both teams were pretty much evenly matched. The Nettes’, outscored LaFayette 9-8, to take a 22-14 lead into the break.

 

Starting with the 3rd, the 2nd half belonged to Pickens. The Nettes’ used a 20-5 quarter run to break their lead wide open, 42-19 going to the 4th. Pickens used a 17-11 run in the 4th to close things out and advance, 59-30.

 

Leading the way for the Nettes’ were:

Shelby Cook: 15 points, 1 assist, 7 rebounds, & 1 block

Mackenzie Hampton: 8 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, & 2 steals

Tessa Duncan: 8 points, 2 assists, & 1 rebound

Autumn Young: 6 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, & 1 block

Allie Stephens: 5 points, 1 rebound, & 3 steals

Shae Chadwick: 5 points, & 1 rebound

Torie Williams: 4 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal

Madison McClure: 3 points, 5 assists, 1 rebounds, 2 steals, & 1 block

Ashley Nelson: 3 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, & 2 steals

Kaitlin Redman: 2 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal

 

The Nettes’ will now prepare for their third match up of the season with the Region Tournament host team, the Southeast Whitfield Lady Raiders. The two teams split their regular season meetings but this match up, is the most important one as the winner advances to the state tournament. Tip off is scheduled for 4 p.m. tomorrow.

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Nettes’ Fall To Gilmer Will Face LaFayette On Monday

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Yesterday, the PHS Dragonettes’ varsity basketball team hosted the Gilmer Lady Cats in a make up game that was postponed due to a power outage. The two teams had already played the first half prior to the outage, and we set to play the 2nd half with the Nettes’ ahead, 28-24.

 

In the 3rd, both teams went back and forth as it was as intense as a rivalry game should be. Pickens and the Lady Cats each poured in 17 points a piece, and the Nettes’ still held the advantage going to the 4th, 45-41.

 

In the 4th and final quarter, Gilmer seized control. The Lady Cats used a 19-8 run and hit late free throws to take this one, 60-53. With the win, the Gilmer Lady Cats sealed up the #3 seed in next week’s region tournament.

 

Leading the way for the Nettes’ were:

Mackenzie Hampton: 18 points, 1 assist, 8 rebounds, & 2 steals

Autumn Young: 10 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, & 4 steals

Shelby Cook: 8 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, & 1 block

Madison McClure: 6 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal

Torie Williams: 6 points, & 2 assists

Ashley Nelson ended the night with 5 points, 2 assists, & 1 rebound & Kaitlin Redman added 4 rebounds.

 

The loss didn’t have any effect on the Nettes’ in the standings as they had already locked up the #5 seed in the upcoming region tournament. Their opponent will be the #8 seeded Lady Ramblers of LaFayette. The match up will take place at Southeast Whitfield and will be on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

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Nettes’ Sweep Ridgeland To Virtually Lock Up The 5th Seed

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Earlier this evening, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team hosted the Ridgeland Lady Panthers in a 7-AAAA region ball game. Coming into the game, Pickens were firmly in the 5th spot in the standings and looked to make that grip even tighter as they looked to get a repeat of their win in Rossville in early January and send the celebrating seniors and fans decked out in pink home happy.

 

In the 1st quarter, both teams came out slow on the offensive side of the ball. The scoring started quickly however as the Lady Panthers took a 13-9 lead into the 2nd. In the 2nd, the Nettes’ got things cranking. They outscored Ridgeland 17-12 to take a slim 26-25 lead going into the half.

 

As the 3rd quarter began, Pickens looked to add on to their lead. With the help of a 16-11 run, add on to their lead is exactly what they did as the Nettes’ took a 42-36 lead into the 4th. Holding a two possession lead going into the 4th and final quarter of play, Pickens sealed things with a 20-10 quarter run to come away with a 62-46 victory. The victory gives the Nettes’ a 7-6 record in region play and likely a 5th place region tournament seeding.

 

Leading the way for the Nettes’ were:

Autumn Young: 17 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds, & 3 steals

Mackenzie Hampton: 12 points, 1 assist, 9 rebounds, & 2 steals

Ashley Nelson: 10 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, & 2 steals

Shelby Cook: 9 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal, & 1 block

Kaitlin Redman: 8 points, 9 rebounds, & 2 steals

Madison McClure finished with 4 points, 10 assists, 3 rebounds, & 2 steals, while Torie Williams added 3 assists, and 1 rebound, & McKenna Kemp had 2 points.

 

The Nettes’ will have one more game before getting ready for the region tournament. Pickens will host the Gilmer Lady Cats on Thursday in a make up game originally planned for December. Tip off is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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Nettes’ Fall To Lady Cats; Prepare For Regular Season’s Final Week

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Last night, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team made the trek up 515 to take on their rival, the Gilmer Lady Cats. This game was the first of two make up games these teams have due to a power outage, and the snow storm.

 

In the first quarter, both teams tried to find a groove on offense. The Lady Cats were able to get something going as they took a 12-6 lead going into the 2nd. In the 2nd, Gilmer stretched their lead out to double digits. Using a 15-7 quarter run, the Lady Cats went into the break, up 27-13.

 

In the 3rd, the Nettes’ were in comeback mode as they made a little run in the quarter. Pickens outscored Gilmer 14-11, to make it 38-27. In the 4th, the Nettes’ tried everything they could to get back into the it using the inside game to draw fouls on the Lady Cat players, cutting the lead to 7 at one point. It would not be enough however as Gilmer was able to hit key shots down the stretch to take this one, 50-41.

 

Leading the way for the Nettes’ were:

Mackenzie Hampton: 10 points, 1 assist, 11 rebounds, & 2 steals

Ashley Nelson: 10 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal

Shelby Cook: 7 points, 1 assist, 7 rebounds, & 1 steal

Kaitlin Redman: 3 points, 10 rebounds, & 2 steals

Madison McClure, Torie Williams, & Autumn Young each had 3 on the night.

 

The Nettes’ now will turn their focus on the final week of the regular season in hopes of moving up from the 5th spot in the standings prior to the region tournament. Pickens will host the Lady Panthers of Ridgeland on Tuesday for Senior Night in the Dragons Den. Tip off is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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Nettes’ Split With Lady Raiders Ready For 515 Rivalry

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On Friday night, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team traveled to Dalton to take on the Lady Raiders of Southeast Whitfield in a big time region match up. Coming into the ball game, both teams found themselves tied for fourth in 7-AAAA. Pickens, came in, looking for the season sweep.

 

The first quarter, would turn out to be the deciding quarter in this one. Southeast Whitfield got out to a 23-7 lead over the Nettes’ going to the 2nd. The quarter totals in the 2nd were much closer as both teams went back and forth. The Lady Raiders still held the lead going to the half, 40-21.

 

In the 3rd, Southeast Whitfield doubled up the Nettes’ quarter total 16-8. Stretching their lead to 56-29, going to the 4th and final quarter. In the 4th, Pickens had their best quarter as they outscored the Lady Raiders, 18-14. Southeast Whitfield however got the win and the split with a 70-45 final.

 

Leading the way for the Nettes’ were:

Allie Stephens: 8 points, & 4 rebounds

Autumn Young: 8 points, & 2 steals

Ashley Nelson: 7 points, 1 assist, & 8 rebounds

Mackenzie Hampton: 5 points, 1 assist, & 8 rebounds

Shae Chadwick, Shelby Cook, & Madison McClure each had 4 points.

 

The Nettes’ will now turn around and travel to Ellijay to take on the Gilmer Lady Cats later today. Tip off is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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Nettes’ Fall To Lady Bruins Prepare For Weekend On The Road

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Last night, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team hosted the Lady Bruins of Northwest Whitfield. Pickens, came into the game 3rd in the region while the Lady Bruins came in tied for 1st with Heritage, and ranked 10th in the 4A poll.

 

The first quarter started out back and forth with both teams feeling one another out. Northwest Whitfield took the lead by the end of the quarter 22-8. The Lady Bruins added to their lead in the 2nd quarter by using a 13-6 run. Northwest Whitfield found themselves ahead at the half, 35-14.

 

In the 3rd, the Lady Bruins used a 21-10 quarter run. They led the way going to the 4th, 56-24. In the 4th, both teams scored 7 points each. Northwest Whitfield took this one, 63-31.

 

Leading the way for the Nettes’ were:

Mackenzie Hampton: 9 points, 1 assist, & 6 rebounds

Ashley Nelson: 5 points, & 5 rebounds

Madison McClure: 4 points, 2 assists, & 3 steals

Autumn Young: 3 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, & 3 steals

Shelby Cook: 3 points, & 3 rebounds

Kaitlin Redman had 2 points, 1 assist, & 7 rebounds, & McKenna Kemp had 2 points, & 2 rebounds.

 

The Nettes now find themselves tied for 4th in the region with their next opponent, the Southeast Whitfield Lady Raiders. Pickens will travel to take on the Lady Raiders looking for the regular season sweep. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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