Dragons shutout Indians to move to 4-0

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In a game that was pushed back to Wednesday due to weather, the Pickens Dragons welcomed the Lumpkin County Indians to PHS for some baseball action. In a game that only featured six combined hits between the two teams, it was the pitching performance by the Dragons that helped lead to a 6-0 victory.

Nothing was doing for either team in the first inning as both teams went down in order to start the game. In the top of the second, Lumpkin got a two-out hit, but the runner was left stranded. In the bottom half of the inning, back to back walks would come into score for the Dragons as they took a 2-0 lead going to the third.

Senior Colby James collected his second and third strikeouts in the top of the third to keep the Indians offense at bay. Pickens, had a potential threat going in the bottom of the third after first baseman Chad Pacas was hit by a pitch and catcher Austin Chester drew a walk with two outs. Lumpkin was able to get out of it to send us to the fourth with the Dragons still on top, 2-0.

In the top of the fourth, the Indians were looking to cut into the Dragons lead after Nick Turner got hit by a pitch and was able to swipe second base. After going to his first full count of the game, James ended the threat with his fourth strikeout of the game. James then led off the bottom of the fourth with a single, the first hit of the game for Pickens. The Dragons added to their lead when Alex Snelgrove drove in Colby Brooks to make it 3-0 going to the fifth.

In the top of the fifth, Lumpkin again was looking to cut into the Dragons lead after a walk and a single with two outs. James was able to get the ground out he needed to end the scoring chance and send us to the bottom of the frame. In the bottom of the fifth, Seth Densmore added to the lead for Pickens as he was able to bring in Tyler Vreeland. Going to the sixth, the Dragons led the Indians 4-0.

In the sixth, Snelgrove came on in relief of James and he would strikeout two of the three batters he faced as he sat them down in order to send us to the bottom of the inning. After a lead off single and a steal of second by Parker Rhodes, Snelgrove would drive him in with his second RBI of the game to make it 5-0. Snelgrove would also come into score as Hunter White would drive him in to make it 6-0 Dragons going to the seventh.

Drake Sutton came in for the Dragons in the top of the seventh to try and close this one out. A two-out walk is all Sutton would surrender as Pickens held on to defeat Lumpkin, 6-0.

 

Stats:

Brady Moore: two walks drawn

Hunter White: one RBI

Tyler Vreeland: one run scored

Chad Pacas: one walk, one hit-by-pitch, and one run scored

Austin Chester: three walks drawn

Seth Densmore: one RBI

Colby James: 1-3 with a single and five innings pitched, four K’s, one walk, one HBP, zero earned runs on 69 pitches

Drake Sutton: one walk drawn and one inning pitched with one walk, zero hits or runs on 22 pitches

Parker Rhodes: 1-1 with a single, one stolen base, and one run scored

Alex Snelgrove: 2-3 with two singles and 2 RBI and one inning pitched with two K’s, zero hits, runs, or walks on 12 pitches

Colby Brooks: one run scored

Jarod Whitmore: one run scored

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Dragons walk-off against Sonoraville

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It was a nice day for high school baseball on Tuesday as the PHS Dragons varsity baseball team welcomed the Phoenix of Sonoraville to Dragons Field for a non-region contest. Coming into the game, Pickens held a record of 6-1 while the Phoenix held a record of 2-1. Those two wins came against the only team to beat the Dragons so far, Dalton. After a classic pitchers duel for the entirety of the game, the Dragons were able to walk off with a 2-1 win.

 

 

Oglethorpe signee Colby James started off strong in the top of the first with his first strikeout of the game and sitting down Sonoraville on just 11 pitches. In the bottom of the inning, the Dragons had an early chance to put a run on the board after a two-out walk by Tyler Vreeland and a single by Chad Pacas. The Phoenix, were able to get out of the early jam and send us to the second, tied a zero.

Senior Colby James on the mound

We’ll take things to the fifth inning as this is where things picked up. James, picked up his ninth strikeout on the day in the fifth, but the Phoenix were able to pus across one run on two hits to make it 1-0 Sonoraville. In the bottom of the fifth, the Dragons had a runner on second base with two outs, but couldn’t bring him home as Pickens trailed Sonoraville 1-0 going to the sixth.

 

In the top of the sixth, James notched strikeout number 10 and 11 as his masterful performance kept rolling. In the bottom of the frame, Hunter White led off with a single, Vreeland followed him with a single, Pacas got the runners over on a fly ball, Austin Chester drew a walk, and then James helped himself out by driving in White on an RBI fly out to tie things up at 1-1 going to the seventh.

Dragons at the plate against Sonoraville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the top of the seventh, James was still going strong. After a renewed sense of energy after tying the game up in the bottom of the sixth, James came out and struck out the side on 13 pitches giving him 14 for the game. In the bottom of the seventh, second baseman Drake Sutton led off with a walk, designated hitter Jarod Whitmore followed suit with a walk of his own. With a one ball, one strike count, Coastal Carolina signee Brady Moore said let’s go home as he smacked a walk off double into the left field corner to score Sutton and give the Dragons the 2-1 win.

 

Stats:

Brady Moore: 1-4 with a double and one RBI

Hunter White: 1-3 with a single and one run scored

Tyler Vreeland: 1-2 with a single and a walk

Chad pacas: 1-3 with a single

Austin Chester: one walk drawn

Colby James: seven innings, three hits, one run, 14 strikeouts on 103 pitches and one hit-by-pitch and one RBI

Alex Snelgrove: 1-3 with a single

Drake Sutton: one walk drawn and one run scored

Jarod Whitmore: one walk drawn

 

With the win, the Dragons are now 7-1 on the season. This win will mean a little more to head coach Adam Williams as last nights win was his 100th. These two teams are scheduled to meet on Thursday at Sonoraville with a first pitch time of 5:30 pm.

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Dragons split doubleheader with Dalton

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After defeating the Lumpkin County Indians on Friday 5-2, the Pickens Dragons welcomed the Dalton Catamounts, a 6A school to Pickens High School for a doubleheader. This was originally scheduled to be a four game day with Dominion Christian joining in but they had to drop out due to a sporting conflict. In a great afternoon of baseball, Dalton took game one, 6-1, and the Dragons took game two, 8-5.

Game one:

In the top of the 1st inning, Dalton looked to get on the board early with two hits and runners on first and third. Dragons starter Alex Snelgrove was able to work around the jam and send the Dragons up in the bottom of the frame. Coastal Carolina signee Brady Moore led off with a triple and Hunter White drove him in. After a two-out double by Chad Pacas and a walk by Austin Chester, the Catamounts were able to get out of a jam themselves and send us to the second, Dragons up, 1-0.

Alex Snelgrove pitching for the Dragons

Pickens held that 1-0 lead till the top of the fourth inning as Dalton would hit a 2-run home run to take a 2-1 lead. In the bottom of the frame, Seth Densmore picked up a 2-out single, but that would be all as we would head to the fifth, Catamounts now on top, 2-1.

In the top of the sixth inning, Dalton added to their lead with four runs. Half of those runs came on another 2-run home run. Chester drew his second walk of the game in the bottom of the inning, but again, Dalton got out of it and we headed to the seventh, Catamounts up 6-1.

Hunter White at the plate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the top of the seventh, Dalton looked to really blow it open as they had the bases loaded. Pacas, making his season debut on the mound, got out of the huge jam without giving up anything to send us to the bottom of the frame. Snelgrove drew a walk to start the bottom of the seventh and Moore drew a 2-out walk, but that would be it as the Catamounts took game one, 6-1.

Stats:

Brady Moore: 1-2 with a double, two walks, and one run scored

Hunter White: one RBI

Chad Pacas: 1-3 with a double

Austin Chester: two walks

Seth Densmore: 1-3 with a single

Alex Snelgrove: one walk

Game two:

Much like the Dragons in game one, Dalton started off the top of the first in game two with a triple. The Catamounts cashed in that lead off triple and took a 1-0 lead going to the bottom of the inning. Brady Moore led off with a walk, Hunter White followed with a walk, Moore advanced to third on a wild pitch, Chad Pacas got hit by a pitch, and Austin Chester drove in Moore with an RBI single to tie things up at 1-1 going to the second.

Tyler Vreeland batting for Pickens

In the bottom of the third, Pickens added to their lead after both White and Tyler Vreeland scored on a pair of wild pitches to make it 3-1. Seth Densmore drove in Pacas with a 2-out RBI single to make it 4-1 Dragons going to the fourth.

In the top of the fourth, Dragons starting pitcher Colby James continued his great outing with a 9-pitch fourth inning. In the bottom of the frame, Pickens had four straight 1-out hits as White drove in Moore with an RBI single, and Pacas plated White and Vreeland with a 2-RBI double. Going to the top of the fifth, the Dragons led Dalton 7-1.

Colby James pitching in game two

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After nothing doing for either team in the fifth, the Catamounts cut into the Dragons lead with a three run inning including a solo home run to make it 7-4 Pickens. The Dragons got one run back in the bottom of the frame as Pacas drove in Vreeland with an RBI single to make it 8-4 going to the seventh.

In the top of the seventh, Dalton again was threatening as they had already plated one run to make it 8-5, and had runners at first and third with the potential tying run up. Moore came in and closed it out with a strikeout to give the Dragons the win in game two, 8-5.

Stats:

Brady Moore: 1-3 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored

Hunter White: 1-1 with a single, three walks, and two runs scored

Tyler Vreeland: 3-4 with two singles, one double, one RBI, and three runs scored

Chad Pacas: 2-2 with one double, one single, one hit-by-pitch, three RBI, and one run scored

Austin Chester: 1-1 with one single, two walks, one hit-by-pitch, and one RBI

Seth Densmore: 1-3 with a single and a walk

The Dragons are now 6-1 on the season after this week’s set of games. They have another full slate of games coming up next week as they will host the Sonoraville Phoenix on Tuesday, travel to Sonoraville on Thursday, and head to Murray County to take on the Indians on Saturday. Both games against Sonoraville will have a 5:30 first pitch time. The game against Murray County has a 1 pm first pitch time.

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Dragons shutout Indians to move to 4-0

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In a game that was pushed back to Wednesday due to weather, the Pickens Dragons welcomed the Lumpkin County Indians to PHS for some baseball action. In a game that only featured six combined hits between the two teams, it was the pitching performance by the Dragons that helped lead to a 6-0 victory.

 

Nothing was doing for either team in the first inning as both teams went down in order to start the game. In the top of the second, Lumpkin got a two-out hit, but the runner was left stranded. In the bottom half of the inning, back to back walks would come into score for the Dragons as they took a 2-0 lead going to the third.

Starter Colby James on the mound

Senior Colby James collected his second and third strikeouts in the top of the third to keep the Indians offense at bay. Pickens, had a potential threat going in the bottom of the third after first baseman Chad Pacas was hit by a pitch and catcher Austin Chester drew a walk with two outs. Lumpkin was able to get out of it to send us to the fourth with the Dragons still on top, 2-0.

 

In the top of the fourth, the Indians were looking to cut into the Dragons lead after Nick Turner got hit by a pitch and was able to swipe second base. After going to his first full count of the game, James ended the threat with his fourth strikeout of the game. James then led off the bottom of the fourth with a single, the first hit of the game for Pickens. The Dragons added to their lead when Alex Snelgrove drove in Colby Brooks to make it 3-0 going to the fifth.

Dragons at the plate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the top of the fifth, Lumpkin again was looking to cut into the Dragons lead after a walk and a single with two outs. James was able to get the ground out he needed to end the scoring chance and send us to the bottom of the frame. In the bottom of the fifth, Seth Densmore added to the lead for Pickens as he was able to bring in Tyler Vreeland. Going to the sixth, the Dragons led the Indians 4-0.

 

In the sixth, Snelgrove came on in relief of James and he would strikeout two of the three batters he faced as he sat them down in order to send us to the bottom of the inning. After a lead off single and a steal of second by Parker Rhodes, Snelgrove would drive him in with his second RBI of the game to make it 5-0. Snelgrove would also come into score as Hunter White would drive him in to make it 6-0 Dragons going to the seventh.

Dragons looking to get out of a jam

Drake Sutton came in for the Dragons in the top of the seventh to try and close this one out. A two-out walk is all Sutton would surrender as Pickens held on to defeat Lumpkin, 6-0.

 

Stats:

Brady Moore: two walks drawn

Hunter White: one RBI

Tyler Vreeland: one run scored

Chad Pacas: one walk, one hit-by-pitch, and one run scored

Austin Chester: three walks drawn

Seth Densmore: one RBI

Colby James: 1-3 with a single and five innings pitched, four K’s, one walk, one HBP, zero earned runs on 69 pitches

Drake Sutton: one walk drawn and one inning pitched with one walk, zero hits or runs on 22 pitches

Parker Rhodes: 1-1 with a single, one stolen base, and one run scored

Alex Snelgrove: 2-3 with two singles and 2 RBI and one inning pitched with two K’s, zero hits, runs, or walks on 12 pitches

Colby Brooks: one run scored

Jarod Whitmore: one run scored

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Dragons baseball wins two games on Saturday

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The PHS Dragons varsity baseball team recently broke in their brand new baseball facility and started the 2020 season on Thursday with a 6-5 win over the Murray County Indians. On Saturday, they hosted the Union County Panthers, the Lumpkin County Indians, and the Coosa Eagles for a day filled with baseball. The Dragons faced off against Union County and Coosa. First up, Union County. Pickens used a big fourth inning to get the win over the Panthers, 12-4.

In the top of the first, the Panthers got on the board first as they scored one run on three hits to take an early 1-0 lead. The Dragons came right back in the bottom of the first with two runs on one hit to take a 2-1 lead into the second inning.

Dragons up to bat against Union

The second inning saw Pickens extend their lead to 3-1 over Union County after Hunter White drove in Drake Sutton. In the top of the third, the Panthers had runners on second and first after a two-out double and single. Dragon starter Alex Snelgrove was able to get out of the jam as Pickens kept their 3-1 lead.

Alex Snelgrove on the mound in game one

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fourth inning saw a lot of scoring. First, the Panthers retook the lead 4-3 with three big runs in the top of the frame. Not to be outdone, the Dragons would bat around in the bottom half of the inning scoring nine runs to take a 12-4 lead over Union.

Dragons looking to score runs in game one

Pickens held on to their 12-4 lead over the final three innings to get their second win of the young season.

Game 2:

After Lumpkin played Union and Coosa, the nightcap of the full day of games saw Pickens take on Coosa. Much like their game against Union earlier in the day, the Dragons used a big inning to propel themselves over the Eagles, 11-1 in five innings.

After nothing doing for either team in the first inning, both teams plated runs in the second inning. Coosa scored in the top of the second with one run to take a 1-0 advantage. In the bottom half of the inning, Pickens nearly batted around and scored four times to take a 4-1 lead going to the third.

Dragons batting against Coosa

In the bottom of the third, the Dragons again showed off the offense as they would bat around and plate seven runs to take an 11-1 lead over the Eagles.

Pickens battling Coosa under the lights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pickens held on over the final two innings to defeat the Coosa Eagles 11-1 in five innings.

Pickens, will have another busy week next week as they will have a home and home series with the Lumpkin Indians. The first game will be at PHS on Tuesday with a first pitch time of 5:30. The Dragons will then travel up to Lumpkin on Thursday with the same first pitch time. Pickens will end the week with games against Dalton and Dominion Christian on Saturday at PHS.

 

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Dragons finish fourth in region, face St. Pius on Friday

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After weather pushed games back a couple of days, the Pickens Dragons traveled to Southeast Whitfield on Monday to take on the Heritage Generals in the boys third place game of the 6-AAAA Region Tournament. In the end, the Generals were able to come away with the win, 63-45.

 

The opening quarter saw a slow start for both teams to begin with. Heritage, got things going for themselves towards the end of the frame and raced out to a 13-4 lead over the Dragons going to the second.

Dragons on offense

Un the second quarter, it was much closer in terms of scoring as Pickens finally got something working. The Generals, outscored the Dragons 19-13 in the frame. Owen Moss, gave Pickens a little momentum heading into halftime as he hit a buzzer beating three from the other side of the floor. Heritage, took a 32-17 lead into the break.

Pickens on defense against Heritage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the third, the bad luck on offense for the Dragons continued as the shots were just not falling on a consistent basis. The Generals extended their lead by outscoring Pickens 20-11, and taking a 52-28 lead into the fourth.

Ean Goodwin with the shot attempt

The fourth quarter, was the best quarter for the Dragons as they were able to outscore Heritage 17-11 in the fame. The Generals however would walk away with this one, 63-45.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Daniel Tetterton: 12 points

Owen Moss: 11 points

Noah Sutton: 10 points

 

With the loss, the Dragons will be the fourth seed out of 6-AAAA in the upcoming 4A State Tournament. They will travel to take on the top seed out of 8-AAAA, the St. Pius X Golden Lions in the first round of the 4A State Tournament. Game time is set for 7:30 pm and will be played on Friday.

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Nettes take third in region, face Oconee County In playoffs

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After rain pushed the semi-finals back a day, snow decided that it wanted to push the 6-AAAA consolation and championship games to Monday. The first game up at Southeast Whitfield was the girls third place contest between the Pickens Dragonettes and the Lafayette Lady Ramblers. After a slow start for the Nettes, they took control of the game late and came away with a 68-61 victory.

 

The first quarter, started out a bit rough for the Nettes as getting anything to fall was proving to be quite the challenge. On the other hand, Lafayette got off to a hot start. At one point, the Lady Ramblers held a 14 point lead. Pickens cut it to 21-9 as we headed to the second.

Mykenzie Weaver driving in for a layup attempt

In the second quarter, things started to pick up for the Nettes both offensively and defensively. Pickens, outscored Lafayette 24-12 in the second including a buzzer beating three pointer by Sarah Morris to tie things up at 33 a piece going to the break.

Nettes defending Lafayette in the first half

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the third quarter, it was the Lady Ramblers getting off to a fast start again regaining the lead back. After that, the Nettes made another comebacke and took their first lead of the game at the four minute mark of the frame. Outscoring Lafayette 17–13 in the third, Pickens took a 50-46 lead into the fourth.

Nettes working the ball around

The fourth quarter was a back and forth frame as you would’ve expected with a game this close. The Nettes, outscored the Lady Ramblers 18-15 in the quarter and hit some timely free throws to pick up the win, 68-61.

 

Leading the way for the Nettes were:

Mykenzie Weaver: 35 points

Sarah Morris: 18 points

Allie Presley: 8 points

 

With the win, the Nettes will represent 6-AAAA as the third seed in the upcoming 4A State Tournament. They will travel to play the second seed from 8-AAAA, the Oconee County Lady Warriors in the first round. Game day and time are still to be determined.

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Dragons to battle for third place on Monday

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The Pickens Dragons came into the 6-AAAA Region Tournament semifinals on Friday looking to continue the momentum built on Tuesday with their big quarterfinal win over Ridgeland. To earn a trip to the region championship and host a first State Tournament game, they’d have to get past the Northwest Whitfield Bruins. After a battle, the Bruins took this one 65-47.

 

The opening quarter, was very closely played with both teams finding success early. Going to the second quarter, Northwest Whitfield took a 15-11 lead.

Will Roland with the basketball

In the second quarter, the game stayed close with both teams trading shots like a heavyweight fight. Both the Dragons and the Bruins scored 17 points in the frame as Northwest Whitfield to a 32-28 lead over Pickens into the break.

Dragons defending the Bruins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the third quarter, things started to get away from the Dragons a bit as they found very little luck on the offensive end. The Bruins, outscored Pickens 18-7 in the frame to take a 50-35 lead going to the fourth.

Luke Rogers with the basketball

In the fourth, the Dragons attempted to make a comeback, but the Bruins were able to stop any attempts at one and came away with the 65-47 win.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Noah Sutton: 13 points

Tucker Lowe: 9 points

Luke Rogers: 9 points

Daniel Tetterton: 8 points

 

The 6-AAAA Boys consolation game had been scheduled for today at 5:30 pm but do to weather, that has now been moved to Monday. The Dragons will battle the Heritage Generals for third place at Southeast Whitfield on Monday. Winner will travel to North Oconee for the first round of the 4A State Tournament.

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Nettes fall in region semis, to play for third place

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After the 6-AAAA Region Tournament Semifinals were pushed back to Friday due to weather, the Pickens Dragonettes took to the road to take on the Northwest Whitfield Lady Bruins. The winner, would head to the championship game and secure a home playoff game in the 4A State Tournament. After a hard fought game, the Lady Bruins came away with a 56-46 win.

 

In the first quarter, both teams had things working for them early. Matching bucket for bucket, this one had the early making of a close one. Going to the second quarter, the Nettes held a slim lead over Northwest Whitfield, 16-15.

Nettes in-bounding the ball

In the second quarter, Pickens just couldn’t seem to get any shot to fall. The Lady Bruins, were able to take the lead in the second with a 9-2 quarter run. Heading into the half, Northwest Whitfield held a 24-18 advantage.

Pickens defending against Northwest Whitfield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the third quarter, the Nettes again ran into some bad luck as far as scoring went. Northwest Whitfield maintained, and even added to their lead over Pickens going to the fourth quarter.

Nettes working the ball around on offense

In the fourth, the Nettes went to their press style defense and had success with it cutting the Lady Bruins lead down to single digits at one point. Northwest Whitfield though was able to withstand the late charge and hit free throws down the stretch to get the win, 56-46.

 

Leading the way for the Nettes were:

Sarah Morris: 11 points

Mykenzie Weaver: 9 points

Cassidy Richards: 8 points

Allie Presley: 6 points

 

Pickens, is scheduled to play for third place this afternoon. The winner, will be the third seed in the 4A State Tournament and travel to Oconee County in the first round. Game time for the third place game is set for 4 pm. If it is postponed, it can be played no later than Monday.

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Dragons win big to secure a state tournament spot

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On Tuesday, Feb, 4, the Pickens Dragons traveled to Dalton to take part in the 6-AAAA Region Tournament being held at Southeast Whitfield. Pickens, came into the tournament as the #3 seed and looked to do something they had only done six times in their history. That is, make the state tournament. The Dragons took on the #6 seed Ridgeland Panthers. The first two meetings between the two teams were very close. This time, Pickens picked up an 87-47 win.

 

In the opening quarter, the Dragons got off to a fast start knocking down shots from both inside and outside the paint. Pickens used that blazing start to amass a 25-12 lead over the Panthers going to the second.

Luke Rogers passing to Noah Sutton

In the second quarter, the Dragons continued their torrid pace they set in the first quarter. Grabbing rebound after rebound, diving for loose balls, and continuing to work hard on both ends of the floor. Pickens, outscored Ridgeland in the second, 21-8, to take a 46-21 lead into the break.

Aidan Sanchez working down low in the paint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third quarter, was the most back and forth quarter of the game as the Panthers got things going on their end. After a slow start to the second half for the Dragons, they were able to pick it up as well. Ridgeland won the quarter 18-17, but Pickens continued to lead the game going to the fourth, 63-39.

Dragons working defensively against the Panthers

The Dragons ended the ball game strong scoring 24 fourth quarter points and holding the Panthers again to just eight. Pickens also got everyone in for playing time and they were productive as well. For the seventh time in school history, the Dragons punched their ticket to the state tournament with an 87-47 win.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Noah Sutton: 34 points

Tucker Lowe: 12 points

Luke Rogers: 10 points

Zac Tetterton: 6 points

Owen Moss: 6 points

 

Pickens, will now turn their attention to the Northwest Whitfield Bruins for the semifinal match up in the 6-AAAA Region Tournament. Winner of that one will earn not only a trip to the region championship, but the all important first round home game in the 4A state tournament. Game time is set for Thursday at 5:30 pm.

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Dragonettes use big third quarter to help punch ticket to state

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Earlier tonight, Feb. 3, the Pickens Dragonettes traveled up to Dalton to take on the Southeast Whitfield Lady Raiders in the first round of the 6-AAAA Region Tournament. The Nettes, were the #3 seed, while the Lady Raiders came in a the #6 seed. The winner, would not only advance to the semifinals, but also to the 4A state tournament. After withstanding a tremendous effort by the Lady Raiders, Pickens pulled out the win, 70-53.

The Nettes, got off to a quick start in the first quarter getting several big buckets by Kealy Hillhouse and Mykenzie Weaver. Southeast Whitfield closed the gap to end the quarter as Pickens took a 16-12 lead into the second.

Nettes defending a fast break

The second quarter saw a ton of action by both teams. The frame saw the Nettes and Lady Raiders go bucket for bucket as this three versus six match up stayed very close. Southeast Whitfield outscored Pickens 19-18, as the Nettes took a slim 34-31 lead into the break.

Sarah Morris with the corner three

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the third quarter, the Nettes started to pull away. Combining great defense into offensive opportunities, and using a big 23-8 quarter run, Pickens took a 57-38 lead over the Lady Raiders heading to the 4th.

Mykenzie Weaver with the layup

In the fourth quarter, the Nettes were able to sustain any rally that the Lady Raiders had in mind and came away with the win over a very game Southeast Whitfield, 70-53.

Leading the way for the Nettes were:

Mykenzie Weaver: 27 points

Sarah Morris: 17 points (five three pointers)

Kealy Hillhouse: 6 points

Cassidy Richards: 6 points

Carmyn Mullins: 6 points

With the win, the Nettes will now move on to the 4A state tournament for the fourth year in a row, the eighth time in the last 10 years, and the 27th time overall. Before they can think about that though, they have a semifinal date with the #2 seed Northwest Whitfield Lady Bruins on Thursday. Winner advances to the region championship and secures a home game in the first round of the state tournament. Tip off is set for 4 pm with the game being played at Southeast Whitfield.

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Nine Dragon wrestlers headed to state sectionals

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On Saturday, Feb. 1, Pickens High School and the PHS Wrestling team hosted the 6-AAAA Traditional Tournament. In a day filled with pins, takedowns, and reversals, a young Dragons team had a really good showing. With only two seniors, the Dragons finished 5th in total team points with 113.5 and will send nine wrestlers to the state sectionals.

126 lb: CJ Murphy (1st)

145 lb: Nate Davis (4th)

160 lb: Zak Price (3rd)

170 lb: Justin Buchanan (5th)

182 lb: Wesley Sultan (4th)

195 lb: Dalton Brunner (2nd)

220 lb: Kaleb Nicholson (4th)

Andrew Burrell: (4th)

Jack Flatt: (5th)

126 lb winner CJ Murphy of PHS

160 lb 3rd place Zak Price

170 lb 5th place Justin Buchanan

182 lb 4th place Wesley Sultan

195 lb 2nd place Dalton Brunner

220 lb 4th place Kaleb Nicholson

 

These nine wrestlers will represent the Dragons next weekend at Lanier High School.

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Dragons head into region tournament on a high note

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The Pickens Dragons (17-8, 7-5) came into their game last night against the Southeast Whitfield Raiders (0-25, 0-12) looking to create some big momentum after falling in their previous three games. Create momentum is exactly what the Dragons did as they took home the win, 86-51.

In the first quarter, the Dragons got off to a hot start with threes by Owen Moss, Tucker Lowe, and Will Roland to go up 9-1. The rest of the quarter, the Raiders outscored Pickens 16-11, but the Dragons held the lead 20-17 going to the second quarter.

Dragons on offense in the 1st quarter

In the second quarter, after Southeast Whitfield cut the Dragon lead down to 22-21, Pickens went on an 8-0 run to make it 30-21. Later in the quarter, the Dragons went on a 7-0 run courtesy of threes by Luke Rogers, Ean Goodwin, and a free throw by Noah Sutton to make it 37-22. Pickens outscored the Raiders 12-7 for the remainder of the frame to take a 49-29 lead into the half.

Pickens trapping on defense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third quarter saw the Dragons continue to extend their lead over the Raiders getting buckets from Moss, Lowe, Sutton, Rogers, Roland, and Daniel Tetterton. Outscoring Southeast Whitfield 28-14 in the frame, Pickens took a 77-43 lead into the fourth.

Dragons in-bounding the ball in the fourth quarter

In the fourth, the Dragons closed the game by outscoring the Raiders 9-8. Four of those nine points came from Hays Pickett. Pickens picked up a much needed win, 86-51.

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Owen Moss: 19 points (five threes made)

Noah Moss: 18 points

Tucker Lowe: 16 points (four threes) 11 assists

Will Roland: 9 points

Hays Pickett: 7 points

Pickens, finishes the regular season 17-8 overall and 7-5 in region play. The Dragons, will be the 3rd seed in next week’s 6-AAAA region tournament and take on the 6th seeded Ridgeland Panthers in the 1st round on Tuesday. The game will be played at Southeast Whitfield and has a tip off time of 6 pm.

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Nettes’ end regular season strong

PHS Basketball, Sports, Team FYN Sports

Last night, the  PHS Dragonettes (17-8, 9-3) traveled up to Dalton to take on the Southeast Whitfield Lady Raiders (6-19, 2-10) in the final game of the regular season. Coming into the game, the Nettes knew they were going to be the 3rd seed in next week’s 6-AAAA region tournament. It was also a good possibility that their quarterfinal would be these same Lady Raiders. Pickens, gained momentum last night with an 80-39 win.

To start the game, Southeast Whitfield went on a 5-0 run. It seemed a lid was on the Nettes basket in the beginning, but a Reagan Harwood three helped start a 9-0 run to take a 9-5 lead. The teams would trade buckets in a very competitive opening quarter. Kealy Hillhouse, would hit a three to give the Nettes a 16-12 lead after one.

Nettes moving the ball early on

In the second quarter, after Southeast Whitfield cut the Nettes lead down to 27-19, Pickens went on a big run. Using a 10-0 run, the Nettes increased their lead to 37-19. Pickens, held a 40-21 lead going to the break.

Nettes defending the Lady Raiders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To begin the third, the Nettes went on an 8-0 run with threes by Mykenzie Weaver, Hillhouse, and a bucket by Chloe Walker. After a three by the Lady Raiders, Sarah Morris, Allie Presley, and Walker hit back to back to back threes to make it 57-24. Morris, would make another three, then just before the end of the quarter, Presley threw up a three point attempt and banked it in to make it 66-34 going to the fourth.

Chloe Walker going in for a layup

In a shortened 4th quarter, some of the younger Nettes got a chance to shine. Madison Powell made a pair of free throws, Jazmine Chastain made a bucket, Lilly Simmons made a bucket, and Emma Gleason hit a three and a free throw. Pickens, picked up the win, 80-39.

Leading the way for the Nettes were:

Mykenzie Weaver: 24 points

Sarah Morris: 11 points

Allie Presley: 9 points

Chloe Walker: 7 points

Kealy Hillhouse: 6 points

Pickens, ends the regular season at 17-8 overall, and 9-3 in 6-AAAA play. They will next play on Monday at 6 pm at Southeast Whitfield in the 6-AAAA Region Tournament as the the 3rd seed when they take on the 6th seeded Southeast Lady Raiders. The entire tournament will be played at Southeast Whitfield. The winner earns a place in the 4A state tournament.

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Dragons fall in another tough region game

PHS Basketball, Sports, Team FYN Sports

The Pickens Dragons (16-7, 6-5) took to the road on Friday night  to take on the Northwest Whitfield Bruins in a 6-AAAA region contest. Coming into the game, the Bruins held the 2nd seed, while the Dragons occupied the 3rd seed. Northwest Whitfield, came away with the win, 75-53.

 

In the first quarter, the Bruins came out on a 9-0 run to start the game. Pickens, got things going after that with buckets by Owen Moss, Noah Sutton, and a three pointer by Tucker Lowe to cut it to 9-7. A Moss jumper got the Dragons within one at 12-11. Northwest Whitfield made a bucket to close the quarter to take a 14-11 lead into the second.

Dragons trying to get the offense going

Early in the second quarter, a couple of Will Roland buckets cut the Bruins lead down to three on a couple of occasions. After a three by Northwest Whitfield, Luke Rogers cut it to 21-17 with a bucket. After both teams traded buckets, Northwest Whitfield went on a 4-0 run to make it 32-21 at the half.

Pickens playing defense in the second half

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pickens opened up the second half with a 4-0 run to cut the Bruins lead to 32-25. Northwest Whitfield responded with a 10-0 run to make it 42-25. A free throw by Lowe and buckets by Ean Goodwin and Sutton made it 42-30. After trading buckets for a bit, the Bruins closed the third with a 7-0 run to make it 55-35 going to the fourth.

Owen Moss driving in the lane

The fourth quarter, was pretty close scoring wise as the Dragons got a good run in the middle of the frame thanks to Lowe, Sutton, and Rogers. Northwest Whitfield came away with this one, 75-53.

 

Leading the way for the Dragons were:

Noah Sutton: 15 points

Tucker Lowe: 11 points

Luke Rogers: 8 points

Will Roland: 7 points

 

6-AAAA Boys Standings:

Lafayette: 20-2 (11-0)

Northwest Whitfield: 14-10 (9-2)

Pickens: 16-7 (6-5)

Heritage: 10-14 (6-6)

Gilmer: 9-9 (5-6)

Ridgeland: 6-16 (2-9)

Southeast Whitfield: 0-23 (0-11)

 

Pickens, will be back at it on Saturday afternoon as they head to Adairsville to take on the Tigers in non-region play. Tip off for this one is set for 5:30 pm.

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Nettes drop road game against Northwest Whitfield

PHS Basketball, Sports, Team FYN Sports

After upsetting their rival and 6-AAAA num. 1 seed Gilmer Lady Cats 70-66 in overtime on Tuesday, the Pickens Dragonettes (15-8, 8-3) traveled to Tunnel Hill to take on the Northwest Whitfield Bruins (18-6, 10-1) in a game where a potential tie for second place in the region was on the line. In a tough game, it was the Lady Bruins who came away with the 40-28 win.

 

In the first quarter, it was Cassidy Richards who got the scoring started for the Nettes with a pair of free throws. Northwest Whitfield tied it with a bucket to make it 2 a piece. Sarah Morris, who came up big in the game against Gilmer, hit a three to make it 5-3 after the Lady Bruins took the lead with a free throw. After Northwest Whitfield went on a 5-0 run, Mykenzie Weaver hit a three to tie things up at 8 as we headed to the second quarter.

Cassidy Richards hitting her second free throw

In the second quarter, the Lady Bruins came out on a 4-0 run with a pair of free throws and a bucket. Weaver, hit another three to make it 12-11. A big point in the game came in the second quarter when Weaver was called for her third foul. After that occurred, Northwest Whitfield went on a 5-0 run and led the Nettes 17-11 at the half in a low scoring affair.

Nettes playing tough defense on the Lady Bruins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weaver got things going in the third quarter with a bucket to cut the Lady Bruins lead down to 17-13. Northwest Whitfield would then open up the game a little bit with a 12-0 run making it 29-13. The Nettes, outscored the Lady Bruins 6-3 for the rest of the quarter, but trailed going to the fourth, 32-19.

Amanda Nelson with the ball on offense

After a bucket by Weaver cut the Northwest Whitfield lead down to 34-21 in the fourth, the Lady Bruins went on a 6-0 run to make it 40-21. The Nettes closed the game out strong on a 7-0 run, but Northwest Whitfield came away with the win, 40-28.

 

Leading the way for the Nettes were:

Mykenzie Weaver: 14 points

Cassidy Richards: 7 points

Sarah Morris: 3 points

Amanda Nelson: 2 points

Chloe Walker: 2 points

 

6-AAAA Girls Standings:

Gilmer: 15-6 (10-1)

Northwest Whitfield: 18-6 (10-1)

Pickens: 15-8 (8-3)

Lafayette: 13-9 (5-6)

Heritage: 7-17 (3-9)

Southeast Whitfield: 6-17 (2-9)

Ridgeland: 5-18 (1-10)

 

The Nettes, will be back in action on Saturday afternoon as they will take on the Adairsville Lady Tigers in non-region action. This game is a makeup game after weather forced it to be postponed. Tip off is set for 4 pm.

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