Pendleton stays perfect with 83-41 win over Pocahontas

FRANKLIN, W.Va. — Pendleton County remained the state’s only unbeaten boys basketball team with a convincing 83-41 win over Pocahontas County. The Wildcats swept the regular season series from the Warriors.

Four Wildcats scored in double figures, led by junior center Josh Alt. He scored a game-best 16 points.

“He has become more aggressive,” Pendleton County head coach Ryan Lambert said of Alt. “From his freshman year to now as a junior he has made strides. I am a much better coach when I can coach inside-out ball with Bailey Thompson and Josh Alt.”

Thompson scored 15 points, Tanner Townsend added 14 and Laird Sweet chipped in with 11.

The Wildcats dominated the game from the opening minutes, jumping out to a 24-9 lead at the end of the first quarter. Pendleton extended that lead to 46-13 at halftime, scoring the final twelve points of the second quarter.

Pocahontas County was led by Jaime Vandevender’s 13-point effort. Dalton Hendrick added a dozen points for the Warriors.

Pendleton (17-0) is three wins away from a perfect regular season. They will play their final home game Friday against Paw Paw and wrap the schedule next week with road games at Petersburg and Union.

“I have reminded them day in and day out on game days and practice days, I have hammered them with the fact that we are not after an undefeated season,” Lambert said. “We are after hosting here and then giving ourselves the best shot possible to get to Charleston.”

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