Pickens Basketball Celebrates Season At Banquet

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Last night, the PHS Basketball program celebrated their seasons with their end of the year banquet. Coaches talked about the good things during the season, the growth of the players, & sang happy birthday to the birthday girl, Nettes’ varsity head coach Donna Enis.


The cheerleaders were up first to celebrate their season and recognize everyone that helped them throughout the year. After the cheerleaders were given their certificates, it was girls JV coach Jenna Shaw’s turn as she talked about her teams season. She had several freshman and young girls on the roster and sees great potential in the girls. Next up, was coach Beckham for the C-team (9th grade), while they did not win a game during the season, coach Beckham was very encouraged by the progress they made during the year.


After the C-Team, it was JV boys coach Bo Page’s turn to recognize his team and their season. He acknowledged his team for improving during the season and for helping the Varsity prepare for their games. It would be the Dragonettes turn to be recognized as coach Enis shared her thoughts on the season. She noted that while she had a young team, she was thrilled how they came together to be just one game shy of having back to back state tournament appearances.


Sophomore Mackenzie Hampton was recognized as an All-region player and Madison McClure, Ashley Nelson, & Autumn Young were recognized as Honorable Mentions for the All-Region team. Sophomore Shelby Cook took home the Biscuit Award given to the girl who drew the most charges. Ashley Nelson received the Academic Award for having the highest GPA on the team.


Kaitlin Redman then was awarded the Most Improved Award. The Offensive Player went to Mackenzie Hampton while the Defensive Player went to Madison McClure. The Coach Pruitt Award went to Taylor Wigington. Ashley Nelson was rewarded with the Sierra Stephens Heart of a Dragon Award & Madison McClure received the Sierra Stephens Memorial Scholarship. The MVP went to Autumn Young.


Last but not least, varsity boys coach Brad Steinhauer came up to the podium to talk about his team. He mentioned winning two games in one day to reach the state tournament and beating rival Gilmer four times in one season.


Holden Roop was recognized as All-Region for the Dragons & Trent Rizoti received All-Region Honorable Mention. Both players will be playing in the N. Ga All Star game on Thursday. Sam Davis was awarded the Defensive Player award while Holden Roop got the Offensive Player award.


Winner of the Academic Award was Avery Luke for having the team high GPA. The Best Rebounder Award went to Trent Rizoti. Tyler Garner took home the Jennings Key Memorial Award. The RJ Casey Spirit Award went to Joseph Gossett. The Heart of a Dragon Award went to Walker Lawrence. The Stephen Ledford Memorial Award went to DJ Walden. The Final award of the night was the MVP Award and was given to Holden Roop.


It was a great night celebrating everyone that had a part in making this season of PHS Basketball successful. Both teams have a lot of young talent and the future is bright for both the Nettes’ & Dragons.


Dragons Season Comes To A Close At State Tournament

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Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team traveled down to Atlanta to take on the #1 seed out of 6-AAAA, the Grady Grey Knights in the first round of the Boys 4A state tournament. This was the first appearance for the Dragons since 2012, and only the 2nd appearance since 2001, when they advanced to the elite 8.


In the opening quarter, Grady got out quickly with an 8-0 run. Pickens got things going themselves and had a 12-6 run to cut the Grey Knights lead to 14-12. Grady made a mini 5-0 run to end the quarter and take a 19-12 lead into the 2nd. In the 2nd, the Grey Knights had things working on both sides of the ball. Grady blew the lead open going into the break, 49-17.


In the 3rd, both teams were able to get their share of scoring. Both teams put in 19 points a piece as we went to the 4th, Grady leading, 68-36. In a shortened 4th quarter, both teams emptied out their bench, as the Dragons seniors walked off the court for the final time. The Grey Knights closed this one out to advance, 78-44.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Holden Roop: 13 points, 5 assists, 1 rebound, & 2 steals

Trent Rizoti: 13 points, & 4 rebounds

Tyler Garner: 6 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal & 1 block

Avery Luke: 6 points, 1 assist, & 1 rebound

Sam Davis: 2 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, & 1 block

Walker Lawrence: 2 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, & 1 steal

Chase Simmons: 2 points, & 1 steal


This team did a great job of competing and getting closer to where they want to be. Reaching the region semis after winning two game in one day, and reaching the state tournament despite the record. Losing six seniors like Holden, Trent, Tyler, Sam, Walker, & DJ will be tough. There is a good group of young talent in the system though. Things look to be turning around for this Pickens Dragons basketball program.


Dragons To Face Grady On Wednesday

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Yesterday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team made their final trip of the week to Southeast Whitfield for the last day of the 7-AAAA Region Tournament. After falling to Cartersville on Friday, Pickens looked to secure 3rd in the region as they took on the Bruins of Northwest Whitfield.


In the opening quarter, Northwest got out to a good start. Pickens came back a little by the end of the quarter as the Bruins held the lead, 31-15. In the 2nd, the Dragons got into a groove of their own and got back into it. Pickens outscored Northwest 20-17 in the frame to cut the Bruins lead to 48-35 going into the break.


In the 3rd, Northwest was able to capitalize on some opprotunities and stretch out their lead on the Dragons. The Bruins went on to outscore Pickens 21-12, to bring their lead to 69-47, going to the 4th and final quarter. In the 4th, Northwest capped off the win with a 23-12 run and take this one, 92-57. Northwest Whitfield will now be the #3 seed for 7-AAAA and will travel to face Lithonia in the 1st round of the 4A tournament next week.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Holden Roop: 26 pts, 4 asts, 2 rebs, & 2 stls (Averaged 24 pts, 5.3 asts, 3 rebs, & 2.5 stls during the tournament)

Avery Luke: 6 pts, 3 asts, 8 rebs, & 1 stl (Averaged 5.8 pts, 4 rebs, & 1.5 stls during the tournament)

Blake Gorth: 6 pts, & 5 rebs

Trent Rizoti: 5 pts, 7 rebs, & 1 stl (Averaged 9.5 pts, & 7 rebs during the tournament)

Walker Lawrence: 5 pts, & 2 rebs

Sam Davis: 4 pts, 3 asts, 2 rebs, & 1 blk

Joseph Gossett: 4 pts, 2 rebs & 1 stl

Tyler Garner: 4 pts, & 3 rebs (Averaged 7.5 pts, & 7.5 rebs during the tournament)

DJ Walden: 2 pts, 1 ast, & 3 rebs

Seth Bishop: 2 pts, 1 ast, & 2 rebs


Pickens will now enter the 4A state tournament as the #4 seed from 7-AAAA and will travel to take on the #1 seed out of 6-AAAA Grady on Wednesday at 7 p.m.


Dragons Defeat Bobcats For The Fourth Time This Season

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Yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team traveled to Southeast Whitfield looking to do something practically unheard of: win two games in one day to make it to the state tournament.

Due to the snow storm, Games were pushed back two days. Forcing four boys teams, (Pickens, Gilmer, Ridgeland, & LaFayette), the challenge of possibly playing two games in one day. For Pickens to get to that second game, they had to get past a familiar foe, the Gilmer Bobcats.


In the opening quarter, Pickens struggled getting things going as Gilmer raced out to an eight-point lead going to the second, 20-12. In the second quarter, the Dragons were able to outscore the Bobcats 14-10. Gilmer still held a 30-26 lead heading into halftime.


In the third, Pickens turned the intensity up on offense and defense. The Dragons outscored the Bobcats in the quarter, 14-5, to take a 40-35 lead going to the fourth and final quarter. In the fourth, both teams went back and forth trading bucket after bucket, Pickens was able to hold off Gilmer late, and come away with the win, 62-55. With that win, the Dragons now had to focus on their next opponent, the #4 seed in the tournament, and host school, Southeast Whitfield.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Tyler Garner: 16 points, three assists, 12 rebounds and four steals

Holden Roop: 14 points, six assists, three rebounds and three steals

Trent Rizoti: 12 points, one assist, eight rebounds and one steal

Blake Gorth: Eight points, two rebounds and one steal

Avery Luke: Four points, three rebounds and two steals

Walker Lawrence: Four points and one steal

Sam Davis: Two points, four assists, two rebounds, two steals and one block


Dragons Fall To Panthers On Senior Night Host Gilmer On Thursday

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Earlier tonight, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team hosted the Panthers of Ridgeland in the most important region game of the season. Coming into the ball game, Pickens held the 5th spot in the standings at 4-8 while the Panthers came in a game behind at 3-9. Prior to the game, seniors Mgr. Tucker Green, D.J. Walden, Sam Davis, Tyler Garner, Holden Roop, Trent Rizoti, & Walker Lawrence were honored.


In the opening quarter, things did not get off on the right foot for Pickens as Ridgeland shot out to and 8-0 lead. The Dragons however got back into it as the quarter progressed and found themselves down 5 going to the 2nd, 22-17. In the 2nd, both teams traded buckets back and forth. Both teams tied in the quarter with 13 a piece and Ridgeland led it going to the half, 35-30.


In the 3rd, both teams again remained tight. Both teams scored 12 points and we headed to the 4th with the Panthers still in front, 47-42. The 4th and final quarter saw crazy action. Ridgeland held an 11 point lead late in the game, but Pickens did not give up. with less than ten seconds left, and down 2, the Dragons thought they caused a turnover but would be called for a foul instead and the Panthers knocked down two free throws to seal a win, 67-63.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Holden Roop: 31 points, 4 assists, & 2 rebounds

Trent Rizoti: 11 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, & 1 steal

Avery Luke: 10 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds, & 1 steal

Tyler Garner: 6 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds, & 1 steal

Joseph Gossett: 3 points, 1 assist, & 1 rebound

Walker Lawrence had 2 points, & 1 rebound, & Blake Gorth had 1 assist & 4 rebounds.


With the loss, the Dragons and Panthers are now tied for the 5th spot in the region standings at 4-9. Both teams have a game on Thursday where Ridgeland will take on the Heritage Generals on the road while the Dragons will host 515 rival Gilmer Bobcats in a make up game. Tip off scheduled for 7:30 p.m.


Dragons Lose Tough Game To Bruins Set For Important Weekend

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Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team hosted the Bruins of Northwest Whitfield. After falling in heartbreaking fashion to Heritage, Pickens looked to get a big region win.


Early on in the ball game, the Dragons grabbed early momentum thanks to a thundering Tyler Garner breakaway dunk. The Bruins offense however kicked in thanks to a handful of threes. Northwest Whitfield took a 32-11 lead into the 2nd. In the 2nd, both teams kept trading buckets. The Bruins outscored Pickens 22-20, to take a 54-31 lead into the half.


In the 3rd quarter, Northwest Whitfield used a 20-10 run to stretch out their lead. Going to the 4th, it would be 74-41. The Bruins closed things out and came away with the win, 85-47.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Holden Roop: 16 points, & 2 rebounds

Tyler Garner: 8 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds, & 2 blocks

Trent Rizoti: 6 points, 7 rebounds, & 2 steals

Avery Luke: 6 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, & 1 steal

Sam Davis: 3 points, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal


The Dragons will look to get back on track as they take to the road this Friday night battling the Southeast Whitfield Raiders in a crucial region game. The Raiders are ahead of the Dragons in the standings, but Pickens has a win over Southeast and a sweep will go a long way in determining seeding. Tip off scheduled for 8:30 p.m.


Dragons Lose Heart Breaker To Heritage

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Yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team hosted the Generals of Heritage in a  7-AAAA game. Pickens, came into the game in 5th place in the region and looking for a big win going down the stretch of the regular season.


In the opening quarter, the Dragons got off to a good start with the help of Holden Roop & Tyler Garner. Pickens led the Generals after one, 15-10. In the 2nd, both teams went back and forth trading buckets. The Dragons outscored Heritage 11-10 in the quarter to take a 26-20 lead into the break.


In the 3rd, it was again closely contested much like the 1st half. The Generals outscored Pickens 14-13 to trim the Dragons lead down to 39-34, heading to the 4th and final quarter. After both teams traded the lead in the 4th, Trent Rizoti tipped in the go ahead bucket for the Dragons putting them ahead 48-47 with 7.5 seconds left. The dramatics were not over with however as Heritage drove down the court and hit the game winning layup with 1.5 seconds left to get the win, 49-48 over Pickens.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Holden Roop: 28 points, 2 assists, & 5 steals

Tyler Garner: 9 points, 1 assist, & 5 rebounds

Trent Rizoti: 7 points, & 8 rebounds

Joseph Gossett: 4 points, & 1 rebound

Sam Davis had 1 assist, 1 rebound, & 2 steals


The Dragons now will look to regroup and get ready for their 515 rival as they travel to Ellijay to take on the Gilmer Bobcats on Friday. Tip off scheduled for 8:30 p.m.


Dragons Comeplete Comeback For Third Straight Region Win

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Yesterday, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team traveled to take on the LaFayette Ramblers in a critical 7-AAAA game. Pickens, came into the ball game winners of two straight region games and looked to get the home and home split with LaFayette.


In the opening quarter, things got off to a slow start the Dragons. The Ramblers led things going to the 2nd, 12-7. In the 2nd, LaFayette stretched their lead out by using a 17-14 quarter run to take a 29-21 advantage over Pickens at the half.


The third quarter belonged to the Dragons. Pickens held the Ramblers to just 3 quarter points while putting up 15 to take a 37-32 lead. In the 4th, the Dragons were able to hit key shots and get stops on defense to leave LaFayette with a 55-46 win. Thier 3rd straight region win, 2nd straight on the road.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Joseph Gossett: 17 points, & 1 rebound

Trent Rizoti: 15 points, 2 assists, & 10 rebounds

Holden Roop: 8 points, 4 assists, & 3 rebounds

Tyler Garner: 5 points, 4 assists, & 11 rebounds

DJ Walden: 4 points, 1 assist, 5 rebounds, & 1 steal

Sam Davis had 2 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, & 3 blocks, Blake Gorth had 2 points, 2 assists, & 1 rebound, & Seth Bishop finished with 2 points, & 2 rebounds.


The Dragons will look to continue their winning ways in region road games when they travel to take on the Cartersville Purple Hurricanes on Friday night. Tip off scheduled for 8:30 p.m.


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