Dragons earn hard fought road region win to stay undefeated

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After the Nettes took home the big win in the first game of the varsity doubleheader, the Dragons came in looking to complete the region sweep, & remain unbeaten.


In the opening quarter, both teams would trade buckets for the most part. The Dragons would take a three point lead, then Ridgeland would tie it. The Panthers would take a three point lead, then the Dragons would tie it up. The Panthers, scored the final five points of the quarter to take an 18-13 lead into the 2nd.

In the 2nd quarter, the Dragons found themselves down 7 points, 6 points, & 5 points all at different times of the frame. Pickens, fought back all three times to not only tie it up, but take the lead. The Dragons, were led by Tucker Lowe, Noah Sutton, & Owen Moss in the 2nd quarter rally. Pickens, outscored the Panthers 23-15, to take a 36-33 lead into the break.








In the 3rd quarter, the game remained tightly played with both the Dragons & the Panthers going bucket for bucket. Pickens, remained in front by outscoring Ridgeland 20-19, to take a 56-52 lead into the 4th.

Late in the 4th quarter, the Dragons found themselves trailing 67-64. Needing a bucket, Pickens turned to Lowe, who hit nothing but net on a long three pointer to tie the game at 67. The Dragons got a big defensive stop & Ean Goodwin stepped to the line to try & give Pickens the lead. Goodwin hit the 2nd of the two shots, giving the Dragons a 68-67 advantage. With Ridgeland looking to reclaim the lead, Lowe was able to come up with the loose ball, & pass it to Moss for a layup. With one final chance remaining, The Panthers tried to throw up a potential game tying three, but Luke Rogers blocked it, & the Dragons held on to get the win, 70-67.


Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Noah Sutton: 20 points

Tucker Lowe: 18 points

Owen Moss: 16 points

Luke Rogers: 6 points

Ean Goodwin: 5 points


Pickens, moves to 6-0 on the early season & 2-0 in region play with the win. Next week, will be a busy week for the Dragons as they will play three games. First up for Pickens,  a home meeting with Morris Innovative in non-region action on Monday. Tip off set for 5:30 pm.


‘Nettes move to 2-0 in region after road win

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The Pickens Dragonettes took to the road on Friday to take on the Lady Panthers of Ridgeland in their 2nd region game of the season. After a big 67-58 win at home on Tuesday against Heritage, the Nettes looked to keep things rolling against the Lady Panthers.


In the first quarter, it was the home standing Lady Panthers getting off to a quick 6-0 start. Cassidy Richards for the Nettes, got them on the board with a three pointer & a two pointer to cut it to 6-5, then Mykenzie Weaver would give Pickens it’s first lead of the game at 7-6 with a bucket. Ridgeland, had a 13-10 lead late in the opening frame, but Weaver closed the quarter with 10 of the last 11 points ( Marlee McClure with a free throw) & gave the Nettes a 21-13 lead going to the 2nd.

In the 2nd quarter, the Pickens fast paced attack started to take over as they would hold a 36-17 lead over Ridgeland at one point in the frame. The Lady Panthers, would cut into the lead a little bit towards the end of the half as the Nettes were out in front at the break, 40-25.








In the beginning stages of the 3rd quarter, Weaver went on a person 9-3 run against Ridgeland. Pickens, would go on to score 18 more points in the frame as they outscored the Lady Panthers 27-16 in the 3rd to stretch their lead over Ridgeland to 67-41, going to the 4th.

The Nettes, were able to close this thing out behind great play by Sarah Morris, who had 8 4th quarter points, & great hustle & defensive plays by Amanda Nelson & Chloe Walker. Pickens, outscored Ridgeland 22-7 in the 4th, & 49-23 overall in the 2nd half to take this one, 89-48.


Leading the way for the Nettes were:

Mykenzie Weaver: 36 points

Sarah Morris: 15 points

Cassidy Richards: 8 points

Amanda Nelson: 7 points

Marlee McClure: 5 points


With the win the Nettes improve to 4-2 overall & 2-0 in 6-AAAA play. Tuesday, they’ll be back home as they host the Gordon Lee Lady Trojans in non-region action. The Lady Trojans, are out of region 6 in the Single-A classification. Tip off for this one is set for 5 pm.


Dragons remain unbeaten after region win

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After the Nettes got their win to open up region play, the Dragons took the floor looking to complete the sweep over Heritage. Pickens came in undefeated at 4-0. With a win, the Dragons would surpass their win total from the 2018-19 season.


In the opening quarter, the Dragons got off to an incredible start led by Noah Sutton. Sutton, scored the first seven points for Pickens. The Dragons, used that run to help propel them to an 18-9 lead over the Generals after one.

In the 2nd quarter, the scoring in the frame was pretty tight. Pickens, outscored Heritage 15-11, after a furious rally towards the end of the half. Going to the break, the Dragons led the Generals, 33-20.








In the 3rd quarter, Heritage was looking to get themselves back into the game. Using a 15-10 quarter run, the Generals did just that. Going to the 4th, the Dragons lead was cut to 43-35.

In the 4th, the Generals did all they could to try to cut into the Dragons lead, shooting three after three. Pickens, held on and get the win, 52-45.

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Ean Goodwin: 15 points

Owen Moss: 14 points

Noah Sutton: 13 points

Tucker Lowe: 7 points

Luke Rogers: 3 points


Pickens moves to 5-0 now on the season after that win and, more importantly, 1-0 in region play. The Dragons will be on the road in Rossville this Friday night as they take on the Ridgeland Panthers. Tip-off is set for 7:30 pm.


Nettes’ come away with region win in home opener

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After 4 games either on the road or on a neutral floor, the PHS Dragonettes varsity basketball team was finally at home as they welcomed the Heritage Lady Generals in to begin region play. Pickens, came into the game 2-2, & looked to get region play started on the right foot with a big win over Heritage.


In the opening quarter, after starting off quickly, the Nettes, using their run & gun style of play, grabbed a 23-15 lead over the Lady Generals.

In the 2nd quarter, the offense for both teams picked up as 39 points were scored between the two squads. The Nettes, barely outscored Heritage in the frame 20-19, as Pickens took a 43-34 lead over the Lady Generals into the half.








In the 3rd quarter, both teams would find it difficult to sustain any sort of flow on offense. The Nettes, outscored Heritage, 9-4, to take a 52-38 lead into the 4th & final quarter.

In the 4th, the Lady Generals would make an attempt at a comeback outscoring Pickens 20-15 in the frame, but the Nettes were able to hold off Heritage & get the win, 67-58.


Leading the way for the Nettes were:

Sarah Morris: 17 points

Mykenzie Weaver: 14 points

Amanda Nelson: 7 points

Kealy Hillhouse: 7 points

Allie Presley: 5 points

Reagan Harwood: 5 points


The Nettes, are now 3-2 overall, & 1-0 in region play. Pickens, will be back on the road this Friday as they take on the Ridgeland Lady Panthers in another 6-AAAA match up. Tip off scheduled for 6 pm.


Dragons get a big road win to start the season

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After the heart pounding overtime classic in the girls game, it was the boys turn to take the floor. The Dragons, came in looking to complete the varsity sweep of Gordon Central, while the Warriors came in looking to earn a split.


The first quarter saw the Dragons get out to what they would almost call a perfect start. Playing great defense that turned into offense, Pickens jumped out to a 22-7 lead over Gordon Central at the end of one.

The 2nd quarter, the Dragons stalled a bit on the offensive side of things as nothing would seem to fall for them. The Warriors, outscored Pickens 13-8, to cut the Dragon lead down to 30-20 at the break.








In the 3rd, the Dragons offense picked up, as well as their defense. Pickens, showed a lot of hustle and determination going after rebounds, steals, & loose balls. The Dragons would outscore Gordon Central 23-7 in the 3rd, to take a 53-27 lead into the 4th.

In the 4th, the Dragons would go three crazy as every time you looked, someone new was hitting a three. Pickens closed out the game on a 21-6 quarter run to seal the season opening win, 74-33.

The Dragons, outscored Gordon Central 44-13 in the 2nd half. Junior Tucker Lowe led the Dragons with 25 points.

Much like the Nettes, the Dragons will also be in Blue Ridge this afternoon to begin day one of the annual Thanksgiving Tip-Off Tournament. They will also be playing Gilmer. Tip off for the Dragons & the Bobcats is set for 4:30.


Nettes’ win overtime thriller in season opener

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Last night, the PHS Nettes varsity basketball team took to the road to open the 2019-20 season against the Lady Warriors of Gordon Central. Gordon Central, is a AA school in Calhoun. Nettes coach Brandon Thomas, debuted a new style of play for this season. A more fast paced style of play. It was surely on display last night.


The opening quarter saw Pickens get off to a somewhat slow start. It picked up for the Nettes towards the end of the frame, but the Lady Warriors would take a 16-12 lead into the 2nd quarter.

In the 2nd quarter, things picked up for the Nettes on offense & that new fast paced style they implemented was a big part of that. Pickens, outscored the Lady Warriors 34-21 in the 2nd to take a 46-37 lead into the break.








In the 3rd quarter, it was very much back & forth. Both teams were playing at a fast pace as a total of 41 points were scored between the two teams in the frame. Gordon Central outscored the Nettes, 21-20, but Pickens continued to lead with a score of 66-58, going to the 4th.

The 4th quarter, saw the Lady Warriors start out on a big run to tie the ball game up. For the majority of the quarter, each team would trade bucket for bucket, gaining no more than a four or five point lead. With under a minute left, the Nettes, were down five. Senior Mykenzie Weaver, a 1,000 point career scorer, drained a three to cut it to two. Pickens, got the turnover they needed, & called timeout to set up a game tying or potential winning bucket. Weaver, would miss the shot as time expired, but an official called a foul on the shot, much to the displeasure of the home crowd. With the crowd getting on her, Weaver calmly sank the two free throws to send us into overtime tied at 82.


In the overtime, both teams had opportunities to possibly put the game away with free throws, but it seemed like none of them would fall. Tied at 90, the Nettes decided to play keep away. Pickens, held the ball for what seemed like the entire final minute of the overtime period. With 3 seconds left, Sarah Morris found an opening, drove to the bucket, & made the layup as time expired to give the Nettes the 92-90 win over Gordon Central in an epic battle.


Mykenzie Weaver led the way for the Nettes on this night with 50 points. A career game high for her & possibly a school record for a single game (searching through the record books for that answer).

This afternoon, the Nettes will bring their fast paced style to Blue Ridge as they participate in day one of  the annual Thanksgiving Tournament. Today’s opponent, the Gilmer Lady Cats. Tip off is set for 3 pm.


#TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player Of The Week — Num. 9 Alex Snelgrove

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This week’s #TeamFYNSports Writer’s Player of the Week is Senior wide receiver Alex Snelgrove. Snelgrove, made sensational catches all throughout the game against the North Oconee Titans in the 1st round of the GHSA 4A State Playoffs. Snelgrove, scored 3 total touchdowns catching two touchdown passes of 14 & 10 yards and also added a 1-yd touchdown run late in the game.



Dragons Season Ends In Playoffs At North Oconee

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Last night, the PHS Dragons varsity football team made the long trip down to Bogart Georgia to face the North Oconee Titans in the first round of the GHSA 4A State Playoffs. This, was this 6th consecutive season that the Dragons found themselves in the playoffs as they came into this game, looking for an upset. Pickens, came into the game as region 6-AAAA #3 seed & North Oconee came in as the #2 seed out of 8-AAAA.


Pickens, won the toss and elected to receive to begin the ball game. North Oconee, would force a punt, & it would be the Titans turn at offense. The Titans, struck first with a 45-yd touchdown run, to make it 7-0 North Oconee at the 9:31 mark of the opening quarter. The Dragons, with help from a spectacular catch by Senior Zach Tetterton, got on the board with a 40-yd field goal by Jose Sanchez, to make it 7-3, with 4:51 to go in the 1st. The Titans, would add to their lead with a 10-yd touchdown run to make it 14-3, going to the 2nd.

About halfway through the 2nd quarter, the Dragons cut into the Titan lead with a 14-yd touchdown pass from CJ Streicher to Alex Snelgrove, to make it 14-10 North Oconee with 6:32 left in the 1st half. A game changer occurred when the Titans took the ensuing kickoff back 91-yds for a touchdown, to make it 21-10 with 6:15 left in the half. As time expired in the 1st half, North Oconee would connect on a 32-yd touchdown pass to give them a 28-10 lead over the Dragons at the break.








Coming out in the 3rd, North Oconee had a long run to get into Dragon territory. The Pickens defense however, was able to hold the Titans to a 35-yd field goal, making it 31-10 with 9:27 left in the 3rd quarter. North Oconee would add a 21-yd touchdown pass at the 4:55 mark of the 3rd to make it 38-10 Titans. The Dragons, got on the board after Streicher threw a dart to Snelgrove & Snelgrove made a diving catch in the corner of the end zone for a 10-yd touchdown. Our score after 3 quarters was 38-17 North Oconee.

Both teams would find the end zone once in the 4th and final quarter. The Titans, scored on a 21-yd touchdown run at the 3:05 mark. Pickens, got their final score of the game with just under a minute left after Snelgrove ran it in from 1-yd out. The final score in this one, 45-24 North Oconee.


Things will be a little different in Jasper next year. Not only will the Dragons lose 22 seniors from this years team, but they will also be in a new region. Pickens will be in 7-AAAA with familiar faces like Heritage, Northwest Whitfield, & Ridgeland. But they’ll also be welcoming two new members to the region with Cedartown & Central-Carrollton.


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