Nettes’ Finish Fourth In Region, Face Flowery Branch In State Tournament

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This past Friday afternoon, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team was once again in Dalton to take part in the consolation game of the 6-AAAA Region Tournament. Their opponent, the Gilmer Lady Cats. This would be the 4th meeting between the two this season. The winner, would be the regions 3rd seed in the state tournament. The other, will represent the region as it’s 4th seed.

The Lady Cats, jumped out to a quick start over the Nettes in the opening quarter of this one. Going to the 2nd, Gilmer held a 21-8 lead over Pickens. The 2nd quarter scoring was very close as the Lady Cats just did outscore the Nettes 8-7. Going into the break, Gilmer maintained their lead over Pickens, 29-15.

In the 3rd, the Nettes’ began to bounce back. The 3rd quarter saw the Nettes’ outscore the Lady Cats 18-11, to cut the Gilmer lead down to 40-33, going to the 4th. The 4th quarter, saw the Lady Cats hold on to secure the win, 52-43.

Stats:

Torie Williams: 17 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound, 1 steal (All-Region Team)

Mykenzie Weaver: 17 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, 3 steals (All-Region Team)

Olivia Simmons: 3 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block

Cassidy Richards: 3 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block

Reagan Harwood: 2 points, 1 rebound

Sarah Morris: 1 point, 2 rebounds, 1 steal

Amanda Nelson: 3 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal

Hattie Baker: 1 assist, 4 rebounds

Pickens, will now turn it’s attention to the Girls 4-A State Tournament as they will travel to Gainesville to take on the #1 seed out of region 7, the Flowery Branch Lady Falcons. Game time & date are unknown as of this writing, but it will be next week.

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#TeamFYNSports Players Of The Week: Reagan Harwood & Tucker Lowe

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This Week’s #TeamFYNSports Players of the Week are Reagan Harwood & Tucker Lowe: The Nettes’ & Dragons each had three games this week as they went to Southeast Whitfield, hosted Christian Heritage, & traveled to Dawson.

 

Reagan Harwood, is an example of a younger player getting better as the season goes along. Harwood, comes off the bench for the Nettes’, but makes the most of the opportunities she’s given. Harwood, had 2 points, 5 rebounds, & a steal against Southeast Whitfield, 3 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, 1 steal, & 1 block against Christian Heritage. Harwood held her own against a good Dawson team as well.

 

Tucker Lowe, has grown more comfortable with varsity basketball in this, his sophomore season. Not only is Lowe a threat to knock down a three after he crosses half court, he’s gotten better defensively as the season has gone on & learning to use his quickness more to drive into the lane. Against Southeast Whitfield, Lowe had 9 points, 1 rebound, & 1 steal. Against Christian Heritage, he had 14 points, 1 assist, & 1 rebound. He finished with 3 points against a good Dawson squad.

 

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Big Second Half Sends Nettes’ Into State Tourney, Region Semi-finals

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Earlier today the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team made their way up to Dalton for the first round of the 2019 6-AAAA Region Tournament being held at Southeast Whitfield. Coming into the game, the Nettes, were the #4 seed & their opponent, the LaFayette Lady Ramblers, were the #5 seed. The winner, would not only punch their ticket to the 4A State Tournament, but advance to the semi-finals against the defending region champions Northwest Whitfield.

 

The Lady Ramblers came out and took control of the game early. This one looked like it had the makings of a tight one as the two teams headed to the 2nd quarter tied at 17. The 2nd quarter saw it stay very competitive. The Nettes, outscored LaFayette 15-9, with Sarah Morris hitting a three right before the buzzer to give Pickens a 32-26 lead at the half.

 

In the 3rd quarter, the Nettes, started to get a handle on things. Using great defense in the frame, Pickens outscored the Lady Ramblers 15-10 to increase their lead to 47-36, going to the 4th. Powered by a tremendous effort of defense in the 2nd half, the Nettes got the win over LaFayette, 58-44.

 

Stats:

Mykenzie Weaver: 23 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block

Torie Williams: 16 points, 9 assists, 7 rebounds

Sarah Morris: 12 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 block

Amanda Nelson: 5 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds

Reagan Harwood: 2 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal

 

As mentioned above, with the win, the Nettes now advance to the 4A State Tournament, & move on to the semi-finals where they will take on the #4 seed Northwest Whitfield Lady Bruins. Tip off is scheduled for 7 pm on Thursday.

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Nettes’ Close Out Regular Season With Big Win On Senior Night

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Last night, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team hosted the Southeast Whitfield Lady Raiders for the regular season finale & Senior night. This game, was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but winter weather forced it to be moved to last night. Prior to the game beginning, Senior Torie Williams was recognized for scoring her 1,000th career point last Friday at Northwest Whitfield. Williams, became the 21st Nettes player with 1,000 career points, & the 2nd this season to join the club (Junior Mykenzie Weaver hit the feat prior to Christmas).

 

In the first quarter, it was neck & neck with both teams. The home team held a 11-8 lead over the Lady Raiders going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, Pickens extended their lead turning great defense into offense as they outscored Southeast Whitfield 25-9 in the frame. Williams, also broke her own record for most three’s in a season with the two she made in the quarter, Going into the half, the Nettes led, 36-17.

 

In the 3rd, the Nettes’ carried over the defense they displayed in the 2nd quarter as it led to some great transition opportunities for Pickens. The Nettes’, outscored the Lady Raiders 18-5 in the 3rd to take a 54-22 lead into the 4th. The Nettes’, closed things out in the 4th taking this one, 67-31.

 

Stats:

Torie Williams: 17 points, 7 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 steals

Sarah Morris: 11 points, 3 rebounds

Amanda Nelson: 10 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds, 1 steal

Mykenzie Weaver: 8 points, 1 steal

Olivia Simmons: 6 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal

Kealy Hillhouse: 4 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal

Cassidy Richards: 4 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block

Chloe Walker: 3 points, 1 assist, 2 steals

Ansley Parker: 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 1 block

Reagan Harwood: 2 points

Hattie Baker: 2 rebounds, 1 steal

 

Pickens, will now turn it’s attention to the 6-AAAA region tournament next week being held at Southeast Whitfield. The Nettes’, are the number 4 seed and will take on the number 5 seeded Lafayette Lady Ramblers in the first round on Monday. A win there puts you in the state tournament. Tip off is scheduled for 4:30.

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Nettes’ End Tough Week With Comeback Win Over Christian Heritage

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Yesterday afternoon, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team traveled back up towards the Dalton area to take on the Christian Heritage Lady Lions in their final non-region game of the regular season. After tough region losses to Gilmer & Northwest Whitfield this week, Pickens looked to end the week on a high note going into the final week of the regular season.

 

The Lady Lions got off to a quick start in this one, running out to a 12-5 lead after one. The Nettes’, were able to cut into the Christian Heritage lead ever so slightly in the 2nd quarter outscoring the Lady Lions 9-8. Going into the break, Christian Heritage held a 21-14 lead over Pickens.

 

In the 3rd, the Nettes’ were able to chip away again at the lead of the Lady Lions. Outscoring Christian Heritage 15-12 in the frame, Pickens only trailed 33-29 going to the 4th. In the 4th, Pickens took full control of the game. Outscoring the Lady Lions 17-8, the Nettes’ were able to pull off the comeback and get the win, 46-41.

 

Stats:

Mykenzie Weaver: 21 points, 1 assist, 7 rebounds, 2 steals

Torie Williams: 10 points, 4 assists, 6 rebounds, 1 steal

Olivia Simmons: 6 points, 1 assist, 6 rebounds, 1 steal

Sarah Morris: 4 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, 1 steal

Kealy Hillhouse: 3 points, 3 rebounds, 2 blocks

Reagan Harwood: 2 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block

 

Pickens, is scheduled to host the Southeast Whitfield Lady Raiders on Tuesday at 6 for the regular season finale & Senior Night. As you might be aware of, there is a winter storm system on the way that is set to make it’s way in this area on Tuesday. As of now the game is still set for Tuesday, but it may very well change. Be on the lookout for any time changes for any games this week.

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Nettes’ Fall To Region Leading Lady Bruins, Face Christian Heritage This Afternoon

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Last night, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team made the trip up to the Varnell/Tunnel Hill area to take on the Northwest Whitfield Lady Bruins. Coming into the game, the Lady Bruins were leading the region, while the Nettes’ were slotted into the 4th spot, but came in looking to bounce back after a tough loss in Ellijay on Tuesday.

 

The home team got off to a quick start in the opening quarter as the Nettes’ just couldn’t get anything to go into the basket. After one, the Lady Bruins led Pickens, 14-3. In the 2nd quarter, the Nettes’ offense found a little more consistency, but Northwest Whitfield maintained their lead going into the half, 30-12.

 

The 3rd quarter, turned out to be a special quarter for Nettes’ Senior Torie Williams as she surpassed the 1,000 career point mark in the frame. Willams, joins Seth Bishop of the Dragons, & her teammate Mykenzie Weaver as the third active player to enter the 1,000 career point club. The 3rd quarter was also the best quarter from an offensive standpoint as they put up 16 points to the Lady Bruins 20. Going to the 4th, Northwest Whitfield held a 50-28 lead. The Lady Bruins, took this one by a score of 65-34.

 

Stats:

Torie Williams: 21 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block

Reagan Harwood: 5 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound

Mykenzie Weaver: 4 points

Cassidy Richards: 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 block

Kealy Hillhouse: 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal

 

The Nettes’, will be right back at it this afternoon as they head to Dalton to take on the Christian Heritage Lady Lions in their final non-region game of the regular season. Tip off is set for 4 pm.

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Nettes Fall To Lady Cats, Travel To Northwest Whitfield Friday

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Last night the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team made the short trip up 515 to take on their rival, the Gilmer Lady Cats. Coming into the game, Gilmer, was a game ahead of Pickens in the region standings. Making this game, even more important than it already was.

 

These two rivals went back & forth in the opening quarter, matching bucket for bucket. After one, the Lady Cats held a 12-11 lead. In the 2nd quarter, the ball just would not fall in the hoop for the Nettes. Gilmer, went on a 14-5 quarter run to make it 26-16, going to the half.

 

The 3rd quarter saw Pickens continue to try to get their shots to fall while the Lady Cats extended their lead. Using a 20-8 run, Gilmer took a 46-24 lead into the 4th. The Lady Cats, were able to finish this one off & get the win, 65-31.

 

Stats:

Torie Williams: 8 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound

Mykenzie Weaver: 7 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound

Sarah Morris: 7 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal

Hattie Baker: 3 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, 2 blocks

Ansley Parker: 3 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal

Reagan Harwood: 3 points, 1 rebound

 

Pickens, will be back on the road again this Friday as they’ll head to Tunnel Hill to take on the region leading Lady Bruins of Northwest Whitfield. Tip off for that game is set for 7 pm.

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Weaver & Williams Power Nettes’ Past LaFayette, Showdown With Gilmer On Tuesday

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This past Friday night, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team hosted the Lady Ramblers of LaFayette in another key 6-AAAA meeting. Coming into the game, the Nettes’, firmly held onto the 4th spot in the region standings, with LaFayette behind them in 5th. Pickens, defeated a much improved LaFayette team earlier in the season, & came in looking for the sweep.

 

We saw a back & forth 1st quarter to start this ball game. In their last game, LaFayette gave the top team, Northwest Whitfield, all they could handle & this game had the makings of a tight one. Pickens, held a 12-10 lead going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, the Lady Ramblers made a run to take the lead from the Nettes’. Using a 16-12 quarter advantage, LaFayette grabbed a 26-24 lead into the break.

 

At the half, the 2018-19 PHS Athletics Hall of Fame inductees were recognized. The inductees included: former coach Harold Culbreth, baseball player Matthew Dunn, the Lawson Family, & former basketball/football/golf player & current Dragons assistant football & boys basketball coach Stephen Hunter.

In the 3rd, the offense for the Nettes’ came to life and reclaimed the lead from the Lady Ramblers. Using a 26-15 3rd quarter run, Pickens took a 50-41 lead over LaFayette going to the 4th & final quarter. In a close 4th quarter which saw the Nettes’ just outscore the Lady Ramblers 16-15, Pickens held on for a very important win, 66-56.

 

Stats:

Mykenzie Weaver: 32 points, 4 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals

Torie Williams: 26 points, 7 assists, 2 rebounds, & 4 steals

Kealy Hillhouse: 4 points, 1 assist

Hattie Baker: 2 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, & 2 blocks

Ansley Parker: 2 points, 1 rebound

Olivia Simmons: 3 assists, 4 rebounds

Amanda Nelson: 1 assist, 5 rebounds

Reagan Harwood: 3 rebounds, 1 steal

Sarah Morris: 3 rebounds

Chloe Walker: 1 steal

 

The Nettes’, will have a busy week next week as they will have 3 games, all on the road. First up, the third & final regular season meeting with the Lady Cats of Gilmer. Gilmer, is currently in 2nd in the region standings at 7-2, just one game in front of Pickens who sit at 6-3. Tip off is set for 6 pm.

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