WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV (WVNS) — A first of its kind high school basketball tournament tipped off Friday January 4, 2022 in Greenbrier County.

The Battle for The Springhouse is the first high school basketball tournament to take place with in the walls of the Greenbrier Resort. Boys and girls basketball teams from across the state got the chance to stay at the resort, and play on the brand new court in one of the historic ballrooms.

The girls basketball teams from Bridgeport and Martinsburg kicked off the inaugural tournament.

Governor Jim Justice and the Lady Spartans of Greenbrier East are up against Nitro High School. He attributed the idea for the tournament to his daughter and the tournaments she played in at Clemson and Marshall.

“So that’s where it all spawned from and everything and its a real special treat for these kids to come to the greenbrier and stay a day or two at the greenbrier and i am sure they are going to put it on great,” Governor Jim Justice said.

Local teams in the tournament are excited to make their mark: The Greenbrier East Lady Spartans, The Wyoming East Warriors and the Bluefield Beavers. The Warriors Coach told 59News most of his boys and their families have never been to the Greenbrier and they are taking in all of the history.

“A lot of people do not get to experience this and I think it is a true treasure in the state of West Virginia and I am just glad our guys get the chance to do it,” Derek Brooks said.

Coach Brooks said, although it’s a fun weekend, the team is still competing and taking this tournament seriously.

“I mean they know what this game means for us, this is a big sectional seating implementations here for us. Bluefield has already beat us once, we need to get this win tonight to get the first seat in our section,” Brooks said.

Saturday January 5, 2022’s games feature consolation and championship rounds from the initial Friday matchups. The Athletic Director for Greenbrier East High School told 59News he thinks the Lady Spartans are ready to take on the tournament in their home territory.

“It is just a great opportunity that a lot of kids do not have the chance to do, and if you look at all the schools the Greenbrier has brought in here, it is an opportunity that these kids will remember forever,” Jason Stewart said.