The Greenbrier West boys basketball team fell to Pendleton in the first round of the West Virginia state championship basketball tournament on Tuesday. Although West led going into halftime, Pendleton proved too tough in the final two quarters of play.
The final score was Greenbrier West 45, Pendleton 59.
“It’s heartbreaking for the kids and the community, but they have some much to be proud of,” Greenbrier County Superintendent of Schools Jeff Bryant told the West Virginia Daily News after the loss. “But these great kids and their great coaches, they just added their strength to the legacy of the sports program at West.”
Bryant went on to say, “The West football team made the playoffs, and the school has some of the top wrestlers in the state. The students and the community just has so much to be proud of. I know I couldn’t be more proud of our kids and all they’ve accomplished. They’ve earned every accolade. It’s just such a wonderful program.”
After the game’s conclusion, Chase Boggs, a senior on the Greenbrier West squad, took a few minutes to speak with the West Virginia Daily News, as well.
“We prepared well for this game,” Boggs said. “We went over in practice the defense they play. But I guess the nerves got to us in-game. They out-rebounded us, and their big guy killed us.”
Although Boggs was disappointed at the loss, he was still proud of his team’s performance on the season.
“There should be no heads looking at the ground. We need to have our chin up,” Boggs continued. “The road that we took to make it here was crazy.”
The West Virginia Daily News would like to congratulate Chase Boggs, his teammates and coaches on a season well played.