The 2017 basketball playoff brackets have been released and three local girls teams made it to the next stage. Elkin, East Wilkes and Forbush will tip-off the first round of playoffs this week.
Rounds one through four will all be held at the home of the higher seed. The Regional Finals (Round 5) will be played in Fayetteville for the East and Greensboro and Winston-Salem for the West.
This year, by vote of the Board of Directors, the playoffs were seeded based on 20-game overall record. The one-year pilot program for seeding also was amended by the Board in December, inserting a step that gives each team two seeds, one for the whole region, and one for the sub-region.
The Regional seed will determine hosting priority throughout the playoffs, and the sub-regional seed will determine the first-round matchup and placement on the bracket. Regional seeds are numbered 1 through 32 and are the number used to determine hosting priority. Sub-Regional Seeds are designated with the letter(s) corresponding to the sub-region (i.e. E, ME, MW or W) and the number within the sub-region, 1 through 16.
W15 (29) Elkin (9-15) will travel to MW2 (3) Mount Airy (24-2) to take on the Bears on Tuesday night. The Bears and the Elks met up twice this season, and Mount Airy came away with two wins.
W3 (7) East Wilkes (19-7) will host MW14 (27) Albemarle (12-13) on Tuesday night. The Cardinals are looking to continue their regular season success which saw the team place second in the MVAC tournament.
In the 2A playofss, MW8 (13) Forbush (21-5) will host W9 (17) East Rutherford (17-7) on Tuesday night. The Falcons have had a great 2016-2017 season, as the team placed second in the WPAC tournament.
Results from the first round were not available by press deadline.