Mountain Empire District Girls
Site: Fort Chiswell High School, semifinals (Wednesday), championship (Friday).
Top seed: Grayson County (17-5). The Blue Devils had won 10 straight before losing to Graham on Friday. The Pioneers’ other MED loss came to Fort Chiswell.
Second seed: Graham (13-8). Graham finished tied for second with Galax in the MED, but won the tiebreaker to earn a first round bye. The G-Girls have won four in a row since a nine-point loss to Grayson County.
Tonight’s quarterfinals: Bland County (3-18) at Galax (13-8). It has been a long season for the Lady Bears, whose lone district win came against Narrows. They have lost twice to the Maroon Tide by 14 and 13 points. The winner of tonight’s game plays Graham on Wednesday.
Narrows (4-17) at Fort Chiswell (14-8). Narrows’ lone MED win came against the Bears. The Green Wave have lost to the Pioneers by 32 and 29 points. The winner tonight plays Grayson County on Wednesday.
Southwest District Boys
Site: Carroll County High School; semifinals (Wednesday, at higher-seeded teams), championship (Friday).
Top seed: Carroll County (21-1). The Cavaliers are the prohibitive favorites, having finished 8-0 in the SWD, winning by an average of 26.7 points a game. The Cavs’ lone loss was to the Virginia Episcopal Bishops.
Tonight’s quarterfinal: Richlands (3-17) at Tazewell (7-14). The winner gets a trip to Carroll County. The Bulldogs have defeated the Blue Tornado by 28 and 22 points. Richlands lost two starters before the season started and another one soon after, and went 0-8 in the SWD.
The rest: Abingdon (16-6) and Marion (6-6) will meet on Wednesday, with the winner facing Carroll County, unless the Bulldogs or Blue Tornado can put off a monumental upset. Marion lost by three earlier this season to Carroll County, while the Falcons dropped a four-point decision to the Cavaliers.
Southwest District Girls
Site: TBD; semifinals (Thursday), championship (Saturday).
Playoff: Richlands (16-3) vs. Carroll County (13-8). Richlands ended Carroll County’s long string of dominance in volleyball a few years ago, and could do it in basketball tonight with a win. Richlands won 38-35 in Hillsville, but lost at home last week 37-35.
Tuesday’s quarterfinal: Marion (4-17) at Tazewell (12-10). The Bulldogs wound up tied for third in the SWD with Abingdon, but will be part of the play-in game. Tazewell was in first place before a four-game losing skid, but they have beaten the Hurricane by 10 and 9 points. Tuesday’s winner takes on the Richlands-Carroll County winner in a Thursday district semifinal.
The rest: Abingdon (8-14) will visit either Carroll County or Richlands in Thursday’s semifinals. The Falcons have lost twice to the Cavaliers and once to the Lady Blues.