Chesapeake Panthers
Zane Trace Pioneers
Tough final quarter erases lead as
ZT falls in district final
The Round of 32 marks the end of the road for the Zane Trace Pioneers as Chesapeake
eliminated the SVC champions 43-40 in Saturday night’s Division III district championship
at the Convo in Athens. The Panthers started the fourth quarter on an 11-0 run as ZT watched a
seven-point lead after three turn into a four-point deficit. A Drew Davis triple finally stopped
the bleeding, but the ‘Peake had stolen the momentum as the game reached its final four
minutes. Zane Trace would get within one point one more time at 39-38 when Kirk Maxwell
connected on two free throws
(the final two points of his outstanding career giving him an SVC 24th
best all-time total of 1,213), but the red, white, and blue never could get over the hump to take
the lead.

Unfortunately for Zane Trace, injuries started to play a role late. The Pioneers were already
without Joel Tripp due to an injury in practice earlier this week, Gabe Haynes was in obvious
pain with his ongoing shoulder issue, and then, Maxwell was forced to leave the game late with
a problem with his leg. Despite all this, Zane Trace was still down just three with the ball at the
end, but they were never really able to get Davis a very good look as the senior sharp-shooter
had to fire a deep three as time expired.

Zane Trace started the game shooting poorly but playing well overall. Despite making only two
of their 15 attempts in the first quarter, ZT trailed only 8-7 after one period of play. The two
teams traded the lead in the second quarter as the Pioneers jumped out to a 14-10 advantage
only to see Chesapeake answer to take a 22-18 lead at the half. Coming out of the locker room,
Zane Trace took complete control of this game and appeared on their way to the Sweet 16. The
Pioneers shot 63% in the third period while allowing the ‘Peake just 15% during the quarter.
As a result, ZT found themselves in control at 33-26 entering the final period thanks to a late
third-quarter bucket from senior Dallas Cochenour.

The Pioneers finish their district runner-up season at 18-5. Zane Trace was led by Maxwell with
15 points and 12 rebounds. Davis added 10 for the Pioneers while Rick Chamberlin was really
solid on the defensive end completely shutting down Chesapeake’s frontline scoring.
Chamberlin scored just four points, but he did grab 10 rebounds and block four shots. The
Pioneers out rebounded the Panthers, but the free throw line in the first half, the turnover bug
in the second half, and the great play of Chesapeake’s all-district guard Nathan Copley all
played key roles in the success of Chesapeake. Copley scored a game-high 29 points. He was
the only Panther in double-figures.