ELKIN - For the second-straight week, area hoops teams will be faced with a busy week of action due to Mother Nature.
After an icestorm postponed Friday night games again, Elkin, Starmount, East Wilkes and Forbush will return to the court tonight in a packed week of Mountain Valley Conference games.
The Elks hit the floor with three games this week, starting Tuesday night against cross-town rival Starmount in basketball’s edition of the Battle of the Bridge.
Elkin’s marquee showdown with Wilkes Central will be made up Thursday night in Moravian Falls in a battle of the top two teams in the conference.
The Elks close out the week against rival East Wilkes at home Friday night.
Elkin is looking for season sweeps against all three squads after wins in their first meetings. The Elks dropped Wilkes Central 61-51, blew past Starmount 60-41 and topped East Wilkes 67-50 earlier this year.
The Lady Elks, fresh off their first victory of the season, will look to avenge losses against all three schools the second time around.
The Rams tip off the busy week tonight against Ashe County in Boonville in a make-up game from last Friday.
Starmount then returns to its normal schedule, hosting rival Elkin Tuesday night before welcoming Wilkes Central to town Friday night.
The Rams will be looking to avenge earlier season losses against all three programs.
The Lady Rams topped Elkin 57-40 in their first meeting, but dropped games against the Huskies and Eagles.
East Wilkes hits the floor Tuesday night, squaring off with Ashe County to Ronda before hosting North Iredell in a non-conference tilt.
The Cardinals cap off the week against neighbor Elkin Friday night in the Clash for the County Line.
East topped the Huskies 44-38 in their first meeting, but will be looking for revenge against the Elks for a 17-point loss in December.
The Lady Cardinals beat Elkin earlier this year, but fell in West Jefferson 52-37 in December.
Forbush faces the easiest schedule of the week with only two games slated.
The Falcons hit the floor tonight against West Wilkes before welcoming North Wilkes to East Bend Wednesday night to close out the week.
Forbush dropped earlier-season games to both Wilkes County schools.
The Lady Falcons will be looking to avenge a one-point loss to West earlier this year before trying to hand front-runner North its first loss of the season.
Reach Matthew Gorry at 835-1513 or email@example.com.