Dragons Fall To Southeast Whitfield, Turn Attention To Region Tournament

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After the Nettes’ big win, the Dragons took the floor to take on the Raiders of Southeast Whitfield in their final game of the regular season. Coming into the game, Pickens knew where they would be next week when the region tournament starts, but looked to get some momentum built going into it.


Southeast Whitfield, got off to the quick start in the opening quarter, but the Dragons were able to cut into the lead & the Raiders held a 14-9 advantage going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, the Raiders outscored Pickens 16-9, to extend their lead to 30-18 going into the break.


In the 3rd, the Raiders outscored the Dragons slightly, 14-12, to extend their lead to 44-30, going to the 4th and final quarter. In the 4th, Pickens, did what they’ve done lately & made things interesting at the end. Trailing by 14 to start the frame, the Dragons stormed back and got within a couple of points of Southeast Whitfield. Pickens, outscored the Raiders 21-14 in the 4th, but Southeast Whitfield was able to hit a few late free throws to seal it, 58-51.



Zach Goss: 22 points, 2 assists, 8 rebounds, 2 steals

Hunter Hermann: 10 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 3 blocks

Brady Moore: 7 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 block

Seth Bishop: 6 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds

Owen Moss: 2 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal

Tucker Lowe: 2 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds

Hayes Pickett: 2 points


Pickens, will now look towards the 6-AAAA Region Tournament being held at Southeast Whitfield next week. The Dragons, will come in as the 6th seed, & take on the 3rd seeded Heritage Generals in the 1st round on Tuesday. Pickens & Heritage split their two regular season meetings with each winning on the others floor. Tip off is set for 6 pm.


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.



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.


Dragons Battle With Christian Heritage In Close Game

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The Dragons, like their Nettes’ contemporaries, have had an up & down week. On Tuesday, they fell at the last second to their rival Gilmer. On Friday, they went on the road to Northwest Whitfield, & stunned the Bruins after being down 14 in the 3rd quarter. Saturday, they went back on the road to take on a 17-4 Christian Heritage team in the final non-region game for the regular season.


In the first quarter, the Dragons started off on a 6-0 run. The Lions, closed the quarter on a 15-6 run to take a 15-12 lead over Pickens, going to the 2nd. In the 2nd, Christian Heritage was able to extend their lead using a 23-12 quarter run. Going into halftime, the Lions held a 38-24 lead over the Dragons.


In the 3rd, Pickens slowly started to make a comeback. Outscoring the Lions 16-14, the Dragons trailed Christian Heritage 52-40. In the 4th, the Dragons were able to cut the Lions lead all the way down to 4. However, Christian Heritage was able to hit some late free throws to pull away & get the win, 68-58.



Seth Bishop: 25 points, 1 assist, 8 rebounds, 1 steal

Hunter Hermann: 14 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds, 4 steals, 2 blocks

Tucker Lowe: 12 points, 1 assist, 1 steal

Owen Moss: 3 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal

Zach Goss: 2 points, 3 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks

Brady Moore: 2 points, 1 rebound


The Dragons, are scheduled to host the Southeast Whitfield Raiders for Senior Night on Tuesday at 7:30. However, that game might be moved due to the probability of some incoming winter weather. Keep an eye out for any game time changes this upcoming week.



















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.



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.


Dragons Drop Tough Game To War Eagles, Play Crucial Region Game At SE Whitfield Tuesday

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This past Saturday afternoon, the PHS Dragons varsity basketball team hosted the Chestatee War Eagles in a non-region contest. This day, was also recognized as Senior Night. Pickens, was fresh off of a big road win the previous night against Ridgeland, & looked to carry over the momentum built in that game over to their game against Chestatee.


In the 1st quarter, the scoring happened early and the pace quickened just as fast. Chestatee raced out to an early 22-13 lead, heading to the 2nd. The 2nd quarter saw both teams go back & forth, bucket for bucket, including a big time thrown down from Junior Zach Goss for the Dragons. After using a 20-16 quarter run, the War Eagles took a 42-29 lead over Pickens into the break.


The 3rd saw the War Eagles extend their lead over the Dragons using an 18-12 advantage. Chestatee held the lead, 60-41 going to the 4th. Chestatee would take this one from Pickens, 75-54.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Seth Bishop: 14 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, & 1 steal

Hunter Fowler: 8 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds, & 1 steal

Hunter Hermann: 7 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, & 3 blocks

Zach Goss: 6 points, 1 assist, 6 rebounds, & 3 steals

Keinyuan Hooks: 6 points, 1 assist, & 1 rebound

Joseph Gossett: 5 points, 1 assist, & 1 rebound

Chase Simmons: 3 points, 3 rebounds, & 1 steal

Avonta Johnson: 3 points, 1 assist, & 2 rebounds

Evan Jones: 2 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, & 1 block


Tomorrow night, the Dragons will head to Dalton to take on the Southeast Whitfield Raiders, in what is most likely, the biggest game of the season so far. A win for Pickens, could mean that these same teams meet in the first round of the upcoming region tournament. Tip off time is scheduled for 7:30 pm.


Dragons Finish Regular Season At 5-5, Play In Mini-Game Monday For Playoff Spot

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On what was a rainy, turned foggy evening last night, the PHS Dragons varsity football team traveled to take on the Heritage Generals. Coming into the game, Pickens sat 3rd in the region at 3-2, while Heritage was just ahead at 4-1. The winner, would finish 2nd in the region, & host the 1st round of the state playoffs next week.


Pickens won the toss, but elected to differ to the 2nd half. Heritage, with the help of some costly penalties, got on the board first with a 1-yd TD run at the 9:51 mark of the opening quarter to take a 7-0 lead. That would be the only scoring done in the 1st quarter and we would head to the 2nd quarter with the Generals ahead, 7-0. Both teams were trading possessions back and forth in the 2nd quarter until Heritage intercepted a pass and took it all the way to the end zone to increase the lead to 14-0 with 5:22 left in the 1st half. The Generals again added to their lead at the 3:37 mark with a 9-yd TD run to make it 21-0. After nearly missing on several prior chances, Senior QB Jacob Brumby connected down the middle of the field to an open Zach Goss for a 56-yd TD pass at the 1:09 mark of the first half. However, Heritage would strike just before the half with a 35-yd TD pass to give us a halftime score of 28-7 in favor of the Generals.


The Dragons, came out battling in the 3rd quarter as they’re opening drive of the 2nd half lasted over 6 minutes, & was capped off by a 1-yd TD run from Sophomore C.J. Streicher to make it 28-14 with 5:46 left in the 3rd. Then, the Pickens defense would step up as Brady Moore picked off a pass attempt that was short of it’s intended target, & set up the Dragons with good field position after a nice return. The esuing drive stalled however & we would head to the 4th with Heritage leading, 28-14.


A pair of 1-yd TD runs from the Generals at the 11:47 & 7:13 marks of the 4th, gave Heritage a 42-14 lead over the Dragons. Pickens would not go quietly however as Brumby found fellow Senior Josh Cain on a well designed screen play & Cain would take it into the end zone from 28-yds out to make it 42-21 with 4:05 left in the game. The Generals, would score late in the game with a 13-yd TD run to give us a final of 49-21.



19 1st downs, 2/12 on 3rd down, 2/5 on 4th down, 399 total yards on 71 plays, 157 rushing yards, 242 passing yards. Defense forced 4 turnovers. 3 fumbles & 1 interception


Jacob Brumby: 16-27, 242 yards, 2 TD & 53 yards rushing on 14 carries


Robert Davis: 14 carries, 83 yards

C.J. Streicher: 7 carries, 49 yards


Josh Cain: 6 catches, 86 yards, 1 TD

Zach Goss: 2 catches, 62 yards, 1 TD

Kaleb Ray: 2 catches, 42 yards

Robert Davis: 3 catches, 20 yards

C.J. Streicher: 2 catches, 14 yards

Michael Burrell: 1 catch, 14 yards


Brady Moore: 8 total tackles, 6 solo, 2 assists, 1 TFL, 1 INT, & 1 fumble recovery

Hunter Hermann: 7 total tackles, 6 solo, 1 assist, 1 TFL, & 1 forced fumble

Kaleb Ray: 6 total tackles, 6 solo, & 1 forced fumble

Trevon Hawkins: 6 total tackles, 3 solo, & 3 assists

Alex Snelgrove: 5 total tackles, 5 solo, 1 TFL, 1 fumble recovery, & 1 pass break up

Special Teams:

Michael Burrell: 5 punts, 184 yards, 36.8 yard average, long of 47, & 1 inside the 20. 3/3 on PAT

Kaleb Ray: 2 kick returns, 51 yards

Josh Cain: 2 kick returns, 35 yards

Robert Davis: 2 kick returns, 31 yards


With the loss, Pickens finishes the regular season at 5-5, & in a tie for 3rd in the region at 3-3. Due to the 3-way tie, Pickens, Northwest, & Southeast Whitfield will play in a mini-playoff on Monday at 7 p.m. at North Murray. Pickens and Northwest Whitfield will play first. The winner, will be in the playoffs. The loser of that first game, will then play Southeast Whitfield. Winner of that game will be in the playoffs. The loser, will finish 5th in the region.



Dragons Use Defense, Running Game To Pull Away From Bobcats

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Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity football team made the short trip up 515 to Ellijay to take on the Bobcats of GHS in the annual rivalry match up. After having a bye week last week, Pickens came in playing their first of six straight region games.


Pickens won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff. The Dragons had a drive going, until Gilmer was able to force and recover a fumble deep in their own territory. The Bobcats turned that turnover into points when Kell Kiker scrambled 57-yds for the touchdown at the 4:37 mark of the 1st quarter. That would be the only points in the opening quarter as Gilmer took a 7-0 lead into the 2nd.


Pickens tied things up when Freshman CJ Streicher bullied his way in from the 2-yd line at the 9:08 mark of the 2nd quarter. For the rest of the 1st half, both teams traded possessions. Both teams went into the lockerooms tied at 7 at halftime.


In the 3rd quarter, the Pickens defense, and Chris Pittman took over. C. Pittman had two touchdowns runs during the frame. The first, came from 5 yards out at the 3:48 mark to give the Dragons their first lead of the ball game, 13-7. The 2nd, was a 52-yd rumble to the endzone with 12 seconds left, to give Pickens a 19-7 lead going to the 4th and final quarter.


In the 4th, the Dragons found pay dirt from the ground again as this time, Dylan Huffman got in from a yard out at the 7:34 mark to make it 25-7. At the 2:38 mark, Alex Pittman picked up a loose ball and took off for a 45-yd score, to make it 32-7. The annual rivalry game went to Pickens by a final of 32-7.


STATS for the game


Pickens went 12/22 on 1st downs, 6/12 on 3rd downs, & 1/5 on 4th down, totaled 489 yards of offense on 70 plays, 308 yards rushing, 181 yards passing


Jacob Brumby went 10-16 passing with 150 yards while C.J. Streicher went 1-1 for 31 yards

Chris Pittman led the Dragons in rushing with 152 yards on 19 carries and 2 tds, Brumby ran it 11 times for 60 yards, Dylan Huffman ran it 9 times for 48 yards and 1 td, Streicher ran it 8 times for 32 yards, & Kelton Gilbert ran it 4 times for 16 yards


Trevon Hawkins led Pickens in receiving with 55 yards on 4 catches, Zach Goss had 54 yards on 2 catches, Huffman caught 3 passes for 50 yards, Streicher caught a pass for 20 yards, & C. Pittman caught 1 pass for 2 yards


Defensively, the Dragons held the Bobcats to just 7 points, including a shutout in the 2nd half, 194 total yards, 137 rushing, 57 yards passing, & forced 4 turnovers


Jacob Gordon led Pickens in tackles with 9, collecting 2 TFL & forcing a fumble, Alex Pittman had 6 total tackles with 1 INT, & a fumble recovery for a td, Nick Southern had 5 total tackles including 3 TFL, Jordan Burton had 5 total tackles on the night, Will Wotring forced a fumble, Zach Swaim forced a fumble and collected a sack, Devin Grant collected a sack, & Michael Casey had an INT.


Pickens did not punt the ball once last night or had any kickoff or punt returns. Rudy Perez went 2/3 on PAT


Next week, the Dragons will be back home for the first time since September 2nd when they host the Raiders of Southeast Whitfield this coming Friday. After the win over Gilmer, Pickens finds themselves at 2-3 on the season but more importantly, 1-0 in region and tied for 2nd place. Southeast Whitfield is 4-2 after a loss to Heritage last night and is 1-1 in region play, tied for 4th. Kickoff is set for 7:30.


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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