Growing up in Perry County, it seems like everyone goes to the basketball PECO games.
It has always been a dream of mine to play in front of the large crowd at the games, but it was never in the plan to lose. Every year that I've played varsity, I made it a priority to win PECO. I always played my heart out and gave it my all when in the tournament. My first two years of varsity we won the tournament and this year we didn't want anything to change, and because West Perry is the largest school in Perry County, everyone's school always gave us their best game.
This year we opened with Newport. We didn't start the game on a good note, but we ended up getting the job done. On the other side of the bracket, Greenwood beat Susquenita. Greenwood is a very experienced and skilled team, so we knew this would not be easy. We started out hot and got out to a 7-0 lead, and then they brought it back to a very tight score. That seemed to be the theme of the championship game: we would get out to a decent lead and then they would bring it back.
We ended up winning 48-43 and Ben Smith had four 3s for 12 points and I had 14 points and nine rebounds.