Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 2, 2014

Busy week ahead for area prep hoops teams

BLUEFIELD — How little of the high school basketball season is remaining as February arrives?

There are only three girls and four boys left to be honored for the Pocahontas Coal Association/Bluefield Daily Telegraph Player of the Week awards.

With valuable practice time and numerous games lost to a January filled with snow and cold, prep squads can only hope to get back on track beginning tonight with a full slate of games across the area.

In fact, the schedule ahead this week alone is packed, with at least 52 boys games and 45 girl games on tap over the next six days.

As always, all schedules are “weather permitting.” Not surprisingly, snow is in the forecast again this week.

Believe it or not, there are only two weeks remaining in the regular season in Virginia before the first year of conference tournament play begins.

West Virginia girls have three weeks left before sectional action starts, with the boys from the Mountain State still having nearly a month before the postseason.

That means plenty of games left to play, and not much to get them in.

Normally Tuesday and Friday are the busiest days of the week, but every day, including Saturday, will be full of games in the next six days.

Monday usually isn’t all that busy, but it will be tonight.

There are plenty of games on tap, including:

Boys: Richlands (7-9) at Graham (12-6). Graham defeated the Blues 78-56 on Jan. 23, Richlands made 15 3s in Saturday’s win at River View. Summers County (4-6) will visit PikeView (4-4) and Ripley, believe it not, travels to Princeton (4-6), which has lost three in a row.

Girls, Richlands (12-4) at Graham (12-6). Richlands defeated the G-Girls 61-53 on Jan. 23. Those clubs are vying for the top spot in the Conference 39 tournament. McDowell County rivals River View (5-7) at Mount View (8-3) will also meet in Welch.

It’s not just Monday.

Bluefield (8-2) will finally return to action this week, starting on Tuesday at Oak Hill, having crushed the Red Devils 75-29 in December. The Beavers will also play at Summers County on Wednesday, will host Greenbrier East — which defeated Bluefield 67-52 earlier this season — on Friday, and will visit PikeView in a girls/boys doubleheader on Saturday.

Other boys games of interest this week include; Tues: Virginia High at Tazewell, Abingdon at Richlands; Greenbrier East at Princeton, Honaker at Haysi; Wed: Floyd County at Giles; Thurs: Woodrow Wilson at Princeton, PikeView at James Monroe; Fri: Richlands at Tazewell, Grayson County at Graham, River View at Mount View, Wyoming East at Westside; Sat: Mountain Mission at Richlands, Mount View at Wyoming East.

Among the girls games this week are: Tues: Virginia High at Tazewell (9-8), Bluefield (6-5) at James Monroe (2-9); Princeton (1-10) at Summers County (13-0), Abingdon at Richlands; Wed: Graham at Fort Chiswell, Westside at James Monroe, Bluefield at Wyoming East; Thurs: Richlands at Elizabethton, Bluefield at Mount View, Summers County at PikeView, Wyoming East at Westside; Fri: Richlands at Tazewell, Grayson County at Graham, Princeton at Woodrow Wilson; Sat: Bluefield at PikeView.

That is just a taste of the many games ahead this week.  

For a look at all area schedules and much more about the area high school basketball teams, check out bdtbounce.com

And, try to get to game soon. Who knows when it will snow again?

—Contact Brian Woodson

at bwoodson@bdtonline.com

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