|PIKETON FALLS TO CHESAPEAKE
|Loss marks end of
career for one of the
league's all-time best
in Piketon's Evan Legg
Piketon played a solid game in Saturday nightâ€™s Division III District Championship against
Chesapeake. The Redstreaks shot over 40-percent from the field, over 30-percent from three, and nearly
80-percent from the line, but in the end, Chesapeake proved to be too much. The Peake dominated the
glass while posting even better shooting numbers than Piketon as the Panthers eliminated the Redstreaks
for the second straight season with a 68-52 final.
In the first half, Piketon struggled to get stops against the bigger, more physical Chesapeake squad.
Piketon had a few occasions of poor shot selection which led to some leak out baskets for the Peake,
and the frontline of the Panthers caused several match-up issues for Piketon. Piketonâ€™s Keenan Brush
was helping the Redstreaks compete in the paint, but the senior was plagued by foul trouble in the first
half â€“ an issue that really prohibited Piketon from staying closer in the second quarter. Chesapeake
really took advantage on the glass during this stretch. Chesapeake, who won the battle of the boards by
nearly 20 rebounds, grabbed 16 offensive boards on the night. Piketon appeared to be in position to get
the lead trimmed to six or seven by halftime, but some late miscues allowed a Chesapeake spurt that
ended with the Panthers up 40-28 at the break.
Piketon responded well in the third quarter. Coach Lisath started to utilize some pressure that caused
some disruption to Chesapeakeâ€™s offensive rhythm. The return of Brush helped Piketon protect the
paint. The Redstreaks cut the halftime lead in half at 42-36, but again Chesapeake answered with a quick
spurt to push the lead back to double-figures. Piketon would eventually trail by nine entering the final
The fourth quarter is when the Peake delivered the knockout punch. The deficit forced Piketon to start
gambling a little more, and Chesapeake made them pay. The Panthers pushed the lead back to double-
figures and Piketon was never really in it down the stretch.
The loss ends the career of a very successful senior class for Piketon. Evan Legg, Keenan Brush, Jamie
Helton, Jared Vulgamore, Jacob Braniff, and Matt Lewis all enjoyed a great senior season that saw the
Redstreaks win a league title with a perfect record, capture another sectional title, and finish at 20-3 as
Legg scored a team-high 22 points. He ends his career as the ninth leading scorer in the history of the
SVC. Helton was the only other Piketon player in double-figures with 12 points.