After a close fight, on Saturday, February 28th, both Pioneer teams lost to Charlottesville. The Millbrook boys game had a great start with the first quarter ending 20-7, in Millbrook’s favor.
Charlottesville came back and tied the game at 57 and went into overtime. With both teams exhausted and many players suffering from leg cramps, Millbrook Donte Weaver laid the ball making the score 64-62. After scoring, Weaver fell to the floor and didn’t get back up because of leg cramps. With Donte still on the ground, Charlottesville made a 3 point shot which put the Knights up 65-64 with 1:24 left on the clock.
Coach Derek Butler asked the refs why they didn’t stop the game while Donte Weaver was hurt on the court. “If they noticed [Weaver on the court] before the ball was in bounds, the game should be stopped.” said coach Butler to the Winchester Star.
With Charlottesville now in the lead and not much time left on the clock, Millbrook didn’t have much of a chance regaining the lead. The game didn’t end in Millbrook’s favor as the final score was 67-64. The loss ended the boys’ hopes of continuing to states.
The lady Pioneers fought extremely hard as well on Saturday afternoon at Charlottesville High School, with an ending score of 46-48 with the Black Knights in the lead. It was a very close game and there was a lot of pressure coming from Charlottesville, but Millbrook didn’t handle it very well.
In the Winchester Star, Lauren Reed said, “It’s definitely going to inspire us. We are going to use this as motivation and keep pushing forward. We are losing a great leader in our senior Mia VanderToorn, but other than that we will have everyone coming back so this will be a good learning process for us.”