Oakwood, Ga — It was the final night of the regular season as the Pickens Dragonettes traveled down to Oakwood, Ga to take on the West Hall Lady Spartans on Friday, February 10th. The Nettes, defeated the Lady Spartans in Jasper on January 17th, and looked to complete the season sweep ahead of next week’s region tournament. In a great game by everyone involved, Pickens picked up a 61-8 win over West Hall.
The Nettes, started the game on fire going on a massive run. It began early on in the first quarter with a quick basket. Freshman Ellison Steinhauer, stole the ball, took it all the way down the court, made the layup, got fouled, and coverted the and-1 to make it 5-0. Pickens, would then force a shot clock violation on the Lady Spartans. Caroline Mullins would find Emma Gleason underneath the basket for the lay in to make it 7-0.
The scoring continued for the Nettes as Ashaela Buchanan and Ellison Steinhauer hit back to back three pointers to make it 13-0. In the last remaining seconds of the first quarter, Emery Steinhauer grabbed the ball after a block by Mullins and raced down the court and laid the ball in just before the buzzer to make it 15-0 Nettes going to the second.
To open up the second quarter, Ellison Steinhauer got possession of the ball after a wide pass by West Hall and found a streaking Brylee Deering for the layup to make it 17-0. Steinhauer, Ellison that is, then got another steal and took it coast to coast for the bucket to make it 19-0. After a block by Bella Hopkins, Pickens was able to save the ball and Hopkins took it all the way for the lay in.
Hopkins then stole the in-bounds pass and got fouled. She would make both free throws to make it 23-0. Mullins, got in the score book as she received the in-bounds pass from Emery Steinhauer and got the short shot to fall to make it 25-0. Buchanan, then made back to back three pointers to make it 31-0. Mullins, was able to drive into the lane and make the layup with contact. She would complete the and-1 to make it 34-0. Emery Steinhauer, hit a three pointer to make it 37-0 as they hit halftime.
Bella Hopkins, got the second half started with a pair of free throws to make it 39-0. The Lady Spartans would then finally break their drought and get on the board with a three pointer to make it 39-3. The Nettes, then went on an 8-0 run as they got baskets from Ellison Steinhauer, Mullins, and Emmie Moore. Hopkins also made a pair of free throws during the run to make it 47-3.
West Hall, ended the run with a free throw line jumper to make it 47-3. Deering, split a pair of free throws and Ellison Steinhauer would make both of hers as the Nettes took a 50-5 lead into the fourth quarter.
In a shortened fourth quarter, Pickens got the scoring started as Mullins found a cutting Gleason for the lay up to make it 52-5. That would turn into a 6-0 run as Hopkins and Deering both got layups after steals to make it 56-5. The Lady Spartans ended the run as they made a contested shot and got the free throw to go to make it 56-8. The Nettes would close the game on a 5-0 run as Moore found Emery Steinhauer for a three pointer, and Deering got another layup to go after another steal. The final score in this one, 61-8.
Final 7-AAA Girls Region Standings:
Lumpkin County: 21-3 (11-1) region champion & #1 seed
Wesleyan: 21-3 (10-2) #2 seed
White County: 18-7 (8-4) #3 seed
Pickens: 19-6 (7-5) #4 seed
Dawson County: 12-13 (4-8) #5 seed
Gilmer: 6-19 (2-10) #6 seed
West Hall: 3-22 (0-12) #7 seed
The Nettes, will now turn their attention to the 7-AAA Region Tournament that starts on Monday, February 13th. Pickens, as seen above, will be the #4 seed in the tournament and take on the #5 seeded Dawson Lady Tigers. The Nettes swept the Lady Tigers during the regular season winning 62-46 on December 13th in Dawsonville and 46-37 on January 26th in Jasper. Tip off for this third meeting is set for 4:30 pm on Monday. The game will be played at Wesleyan.
Jasper, Ga — After a big region win over 3A #5 White County last Friday, the Pickens Dragonettes looked for another one on Tuesday, February 7th as they welcomed the #3 team in 3A, the Wesleyan Lady Wolves. Wesleyan, defeated the Nettes earlier in the season, so the Nettes were looking to split the season series and move up in the region standings. In what was a good game overall, the Lady Wolves pulled away in the end and came away with a 58-46 win.
In the first quarter, the Lady Wolves got the scoring going with a basket by Audrey Ekoue-Bla to make it 2-0. Caroline Mullins, responded with a bucket to tie things up, then Ellison Steinhauer made a pair of free throws to give the Nettes a 4-2 lead. After a layup by Johanna Potter tied things up again, Bella Hopkins gave Pickens the lead back with a basket to make it 6-4 Nettes. Wesleyan, then went on a 7-0 run to retake the lead, 11-6.
A three pointer by Steinhauer cut the lead down to 11-9. Potter, answered with her own three pointer to make it 14-9. Ellie Hollis, cut the Lady Wolves lead down to 2 with a three pointer making it 14-12. After a timeout, the Lady Wolves went on a 5-0 run to stretch the lead out to 19-12. A bucket by Mullins cut the Wesleyan lead down to 19-14 as we headed to the second quarter.
Wesleyan opened the second quarter on a 4-0 run to make it 23-14. A basket by Hopkins ended the run to make it 23-16. Both teams then traded baskets as the Lady Wolves continued to lead, 25-18. Wesleyan, would then go on an 8-0 run to stretch the lead to 33-18. Emma Gleason, ended the run and also ended the first half scoring with a layup to make it 33-20 Lady Wolves going into the half.
Much like both the first and second quarters, Wesleyan opened the scoring in the third quarter with a layup by Potter to make it 35-20. After a bucket by Mullins, Eva Garabadian, made her first two point shot as she made a pair of three point shots in the first half. Mullins, then went on a 4-0 run to cut the Lady Wolves lead down to 37-26. A basket by Londyn Walker ended the mini Mullins run and made it 39-26 Wesleyan. Stienhauer, again made a pair of free throws to cut it down to 11 once again, 39-28.
Chazadi Wright, made a layup to make it 41-28. The Nettes, then went on a 5-0 run as Hopkins hit a three and then got to the basket for the lay in to make it 41-33. Walker, ended the Hopkins run with a bucket to make it 43-33. A three by Steinhauer cut it to 43-36 with just a few seconds left in the third. That would be enough time for Garabadian to hit her third three of the game just before the horn sounded at the end of the quarter to make it 46-36 Wesleyan going to the fourth.
The Lady Wolves, made it 4-4 starting the quarter scoring as Desiree Davis made a layup to stretch the lead to 48-36. Pickens, then answered with a 5-0 run as Mullins got the shot to go and Steinhauer hit a three to cut the lead to 48-41. Walker, would end the run by making the layup and then completing the and-1 making it 51-41. Mullins, made her first three of the game to cut it down to 7, 51-44. Walker and Steinhauer then traded buckets and it remained a 7 point game, 53-46. After a timeout was called by Wesleyan with under a minute to go in the game, the Nettes had to go into foul mode. The Lady Wolves, were able to hit some free throws at the end of the game to get the 58-46 win.
Leading scorers for the Nettes:
Caroline Mullins: 17 points
Ellison Steinhauer: 15 points
Bella Hopkins: 9 points
Ellie Hollis: 3 points
Emma Gleason: 2 points
The Nettes, are locked in as the #4 seed in next week’s 7-AAA region tournament. They will take on the #5 seed Dawson Lady Tigers on Monday, February 13th at 4:30 for a chance to go to the 3A State Tournament. There’s still one more regular season game left before that as Pickens will travel to West Hall to take on the Lady Spartans on Friday, February 10th. Tip off is set for 6 pm.
Jasper, Ga — It was a rough week for the Pickens Dragonettes last week as they dropped three straight road games against Sonoraville, White County, and Wesleyan. On Tuesday, January 17th, they were back at home as they welcomed the West Hall Lady Spartans to Roy Cowart Court for a 7-AAA match up. It was also a reason to celebrate because it was also Senior Night. All three seniors had big nights as the Nettes got back on the winning track defeating the Lady Spartans 65-9.
The Nettes got off to a quick start in the first quarter as Senior Madison Powell began the scoring with a layup. Bella Hopkins then hit a three pointer, and Caroline Mullins made a pair of free throws to make it 7-0. Powell, got her second bucket of the quarter to make it 9-0 Nettes. After a bucket by Summer Orlick to put West Hall on the board, Pickens went on a 6-0 run getting baskets from Mullins and Hopkins to make it 15-2 going to the second.
The second quarter began with the Nettes continuing their run they ended the first quarter with as Mullins hit a pair of free throws, Hopkins, Emery Bryant, and Senior Adrienne Plumley all made buckets as all together it was a 14-0 run to make it 23-2. After Orlick got a crazy shot to fall, she converted the and-1 attempt to end the run and make it 23-5. Pickens, went on another 6-0 run as Plumley, Hopkins, and Brylee Deering made baskets to make it 29-5. Just before the end of the half, Xitlally Villeda split a pair of free throws to make it 29-6 Nettes going into the break.
To start the second half, Pickens went on a big run. The run started with Plumley who got her 5th and 6th point of the game. Then the Nettes would hit 4 straight three pointers as Emmie Moore, Mullins, and Emery Steinhauer, who hit two back to back. Emery’s sister Ellison, decided she wanted to get in on the act and she made a bucket for her first points of the game to make it 45-6. Cayla Radich, ended the Pickens run with a basket to make it 45-8. Pickens, got two free throws to end the third and it was 47-8 Nettes going to the fourth.
A free throw by Mullins and a bucket by Emory Bryant got the fourth quarter started for Pickens as they went up, 50-8. After Orlick split a pair of free throws to make it 50-9, the rest of the shortened fourth quarter became the Madison Powell and Emma Gleason show. Senior Emma Gleason, got her first points of the game with a layup. Powell followed up with a bucket and a three pointer. Gleason, then scored the last six points of the game as the Nettes got back to their winning ways defeating the West Hall Lady Spartans, 65-9.
Leading Scorers for the Nettes:
Caroline Mullins: 14 points
Emma Gleason: 10 points
Bella Hopkins: 9 points
Madison Powell: 9 points
Adrienne Plumley: 6 points
Emery Steinhauer: 6 points
Emory Bryant: 4 points
Emmie Moore: 3 points
Ellison Steinhauer: 2 points
The Nettes, will be back in action on Friday as they head to Ellijay to take on the Gilmer Lady Cats in another 7-AAA game. Pickens, has already won the season series between their 515 rival, but will look to go for the sweep on the road. Tip off is set for 7 pm.