BLUEFIELD — It is time for playoff basketball in Virginia.
With the regular season over, postseason tournament play begins tonight for the Southwest, Mountain Empire and Black Diamond districts.
Grayson County claimed both of the MED regular season titles, and earned an automatic berth in the Region C tournaments slated for next week.
Carroll County captured the SWD boys crown, but the girls title will be determined tonight when Richlands plays Carroll County in a special playoff game at Marion High School. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.
Richlands is trying to end a long run of SWD dominance by the Cavaliers in the final year of district play. The winner will not only earn a berth in Region IV action the following week, but would also be able to host the district tourney championship game later this week.
Honaker won the BDD boys title, while the girls crown went to Grundy. As for the actual tournament, which will be held at Clinchco Elementary School, the seedings and pairings had to be sorted out Sunday due to several ties.
Four boys teams finished with 3-7 records, while two girls squads were 6-4 and two others were 1-9.
Regional play will be held next week. Region C boys action will be held at Graham Middle School.
Mountain Empire District Boys
Site: Fort Chiswell High School, semifinals (Thursday), championship (Friday).
Top seed: Grayson County (17-5). The Blue Devils have lost to four teams with a combined record of 73-15. One of those losses came in a tournament to Graham. Grayson was 10-0 in the MED.
Second seed: Graham (15-7). Graham defeated Grayson County in a tournament at Fort Chiswell, but lost twice in the regular season, including a heart-breaking 57-56 loss two week ago. The G-Men have lost seven games to five schools with a mark of 77-27.
Tonight’s quarterfinals: Galax (4-15) at Bland County (12-9). These teams split decisions this season, with both teams winning on the other’s home court. The winner plays Grayson County on Thursday. The Bears have had their seasons ended the last two years by Galax, and the Maroon Tide went on to win a pair of Division 1 state titles.
Narrows (8-14) at Fort Chiswell (12-10). The winner plays Graham on Thursday. The Green Wave went winless in the MED this season, losing to the Pioneers by 19 and 52 points.