CHARLESTON, W.Va, (WSAZ) -- The team everyone was rooting for on the hardwood came up short Thursday night on the scoreboard at the boys state basketball tournament, but the Herbert Hoover Huskies were not short in spirit.
The team fell to top seeded Fairmont in its first-ever trip to the state tournament.
Fairmont had the lead the entire game, but it was never huge. At one point the Huskies brought it within three points, but they were never able to push the number of points over the top.
The Huskies dedication on the basketball court is reflective of a school year that has been anything but easy.
Herbert Hoover High School was destroyed in the June 23 flooding.
The team didn't even have a home gym in which to practice.
Practices had to happen at times students weren't used to. That's because high schoolers are splitting the school day with Elkview Middle School students in their building. Middle school is in the morning; high school is in the afternoon.
The Huskies Cinderella story played out in a thrilling season for fans -- who could not be more proud of the team who set a new standard for the schools basketball program.