The first basketball state tournament of the year gets underway this week with the 1A girls, and thanks to another year of surprising results at the Region 20 tournament, some of the best games are also the first games. Region 21 champion Rich meets Region 20 regular-season champion Panguitch in the first round Wednesday at the Sevier Valley Center at 2:30 p.m.

Panguitch was upset in the semifinals of the Region 20 tournament last weekend and qualified for the state tournament as a No. 3 seed. Rich had to face last year’s Region 20 regular season champion as well when Bryce Valley was upset in the Region 20 tournament.

These are all the teams that qualified for this years tournament…

1. Duchesne Eagles (11-10)

2. Escalante Moquis (7-13)

3. Green River Pirates (14-7)

4. Intermountain Christian Lions (7-12)

5. Layton Christian Eagles (11-7)

6. Legacy Prep Lions (2-13)

7. Manila Mustangs (18-3)

8. Milford Tigers (16-7)

9. Monument Valley Cougars (16-4)

10. Monticello Buckaroos (11-10)

11. Panguitch Bobcats (15-6)

12. Piute Thunderbirds (17-5)

13. Rich Rebels (18-1)

14. St. Joseph Jayhawks (18-0)

15. Tintic Miners (7-14)

16. Wayne Badgers (10-11)

17. Wendover Wildcats (11-9)

… and here’s a team-by-team look and what to expect from all 17 of these teams, one by one.

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Duchesne High School

Duchesne Eagles (11-10)

Coach: Jared Torgerson


How qualified: Finished third in Region 21 with a 4-4 record.


Playoff opener: vs. Layton Christian, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. (At Sevier Valley Center)


Best preseason victory: A 43-36 win against Panguitch on Nov. 17 at the Sevier Valley Center.


Most important region victory: A 33-20 win against Tabiona on Jan. 31.


Top contributors


#23 Paige Ginn, Sr. (11.9 ppg)


#14 Mashaylee Giles, Fr. (8.8 ppg)


#20 Shay Grant, Sr. (4.3 ppg)


#2 Rachel Wager, Sr. (4.2 ppg)


#32 Kieona Jones, Sr. (3.2 ppg)


Scoring offense: 40.8 ppg (16th in 1A)


Scoring defense: 35.3 ppg (6th in 1A)


Last state championship: None


Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Layton Christian in first round.


Edward’s evaluation: The Eagles have their work cut out in the opening round against Layton Christian, one of the higher-scoring teams in 3A.

Escalante High School

Escalante Moquis (7-13)

Coach: Ryan Cottam


How qualified: Finished tied for sixth in Region 20 with a 2-10 regular season record, but heads into the state tournament as the No. 4 seed after a fourth-place finish at the Region 20 tournament.


Playoff opener: vs. Monument Valley, Wednesday, 4 p.m. (At Sevier Valley Center)


Best preseason victory: A 41-35 win at San Juan on Dec. 14.


Most important region victory: A 59-57 win over Bryce Valley on Jan. 11.


Top contributors


#23 Lindsey Phillips, Sr., Forward (16.6 ppg)


#32 Tori Lindsay, Sr., Center (6.5 ppg)


#21 Shelby Steed, Jr., Guard (5.0 ppg)


#33 Kobbi Smith, Sr., Forward (4.3 ppg)


#3 Audrey Lindsey, Fr., Guard (3.9 ppg)


Scoring offense: 43.3 ppg (12th in 1A)


Scoring defense: 49.7 ppg (23rd in 1A)


Last state championship: None


Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Piute in semifinals.


Edward’s evaluation: The Moquis have a new lease on the season after upsetting Bryce Valley in the first round of the Region 20 tournament. There’s no reason they should simply be happy to be here either. Escalante proved in that win over Bryce Valley and then a one-point loss to Piute in the Region 20 semis that it can compete with anyone. A favorable bracket makes a deep tournament run very realistic.

Green River High School

Green River Pirates (14-7)

Coach: Greg Parsons


How qualified: Finished second in Region 19 with a 7-3 record.


Playoff opener: vs. Milford, Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. (At Sevier Valley Center)


Best preseason victory: A 54-27 win against Tabiona on Dec. 14.


Most important region victory: A 49-43 win against Monticello on Feb. 8.


Top contributors


#15 Michaela Hughes, Sr., F/C (15.2 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.6 apg, 2.0 spg)


#53 Jamie Johnson, Sr., F/C (10.9 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 2.3 spg)


#45 Taylor Johnson, Jr., Forward (6.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.7 spg)


#51 Kira Engleman, Soph., Guard (6.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.8 apg, 3.5 spg)


#35 Sydney Thayn, Jr., Guard (4.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.7 apg, 2.4 spg)


Scoring offense: 52.3 ppg (4th in 1A)


Scoring defense: 41.2 ppg (13th in 1A)


Last state championship: None


Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Milford in first round


Edward’s evaluation: Green River opened the season back on Nov. 16 with a 19-point loss to Milford. It will have an opportunity to avenge that loss in the opening round of the state tournament Wednesday morning. Just like back in November though, the Pirates will be a sizable underdog.

Intermountain Christian High School

Intermountain Christian Lions (7-12)

Coach: Matt Snyder

How qualified: Finished third in Region 17 with a 4-4 record.

Playoff opener: vs. Piute, Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. (At Sevier Valley Center)

Best preseason victory: A 35-27 win against Whitehorse on Nov. 16 at the Sevier Valley Center

Most important region victory: A 53-24 win against Legacy Prep on Jan. 31.

Top contributors

Jennifer Eyre, Sr. (14.3 ppg)

Anna Clement, Jr. (6.6 ppg)

Emily Horak, Sr. (3.7 ppg)

Kim Miller, Sr. (3.1 ppg)

Kelli Wolfe, Jr. (2.9 ppg)

Scoring offense: 35.8 ppg (20th in 1A)

Scoring defense: 34.9 ppg (4th in 1A)

Last state championship: None

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Piute in first round

Edward’s evaluation: If ICS has any hope of pulling off the first-round shocker, it will be on defensive end. It only allows 34.9 ppg, while Piute averages over 60 ppg. The Lions must keep the score low to have any hope.

Layton Christian High School

Layton Christian Eagles (11-7)

Coach: Lewis Loftin

How qualified: Finished second in Region 17 with a 6-2 record.

Playoff opener: vs. Duchesne, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. (At Sevier Valley Center)

Best preseason victory: A 52-39 win at Ben Lomond on Dec. 7.

Most important region victory: A 58-47 win against ICS on Feb. 5.

Top contributors

#3 Teneshia Davison, Jr., Forward (18.2 ppg, 12.6 rpg, 2.2 apg, 3.7 spg)

#10 Alissa Atisme, Sr., Guard (12.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 3.6 apg, 5.3 spg)

#4 Shayla Simpson, Soph., Guard (10.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.9 apg, 3.1 spg)

#15 Brittany Griffith, Sr., Guard (5.0 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 1.3 apg)

#22 Daydria Walker, Jr., Guard (1.6 ppg, 1.3 rpg)

Scoring offense: 51.8 ppg (7th in 1A)

Scoring defense: 36.6 ppg (8th in 1A)

Last state championship: None

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Escalante in quarterfinals.

Edward’s evaluation: Layton Christian lost to St. Joseph 41-40 in its final game of the regular season. That loss is proof that the Eagles can keep up with 1A’s best. With three players who average in double figures, LCA is a tough matchup for anyone.

Legacy Prep

Legacy Prep Lions (2-13)

Coach: Vern Draney

How qualified: Finished fourth in Region 17 with a 2-6 record.

Playoff opener: vs. Wayne, Tuesday, 6 p.m. (At Sevier Valley Center)

Best preseason victory: None

Most important region victory: A 43-16 win at West Ridge on Feb. 7.

Top contributors

#2 Tanya Keller, So., Guard (10.8 ppg)

#10 Victoria Dennis, Fr., Center (5.7 ppg)

#11 Mykena Draney, Jr., Guard (5.1 ppg)

#22 Nikki Harrison, Jr., Guard (2.8 ppg)

#13 Katie Betten, Sr., Center (2.1 ppg)

Scoring offense: 29.5 ppg (25th in 1A)

Scoring defense: 49.3 ppg (22nd in 1A)

Last state championship: None

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Wayne in 1A play-in game.

Edward’s evaluation: The first-year school will likely have to wait until next year to punch its ticket to the Sevier Valley Center.

Manila High School

Manila Mustangs (18-3)

Coach: Mike Hughes

How qualified: Finished second in Region 21 with an 18-3 record.

Playoff opener: vs. Tintic, Wednesday, 7 p.m. (At Sevier Valley Center)

Best preseason victory: A 56-62 win against Monument Valley on Nov. 16 at Sevier Valley Center.

Most important region victory: A 43-38 win at Duchesne on Jan. 11.

Top contributors

#2 Janell Reed, Sr. (11.8 ppg)

#23 Emily Catron, Sr. (9.1 ppg)

#13 Rebecca Collett, Jr. (8.7 ppg)

#12 Ashlee Hullinger, Jr. (8.0 ppg)

#20 Samantha Hughes, Jr. (1.7 ppg)

Scoring offense: 44.5 ppg (11th in 1A)

Scoring defense: 34.4 ppg (3rd in 1A)

Last state championship: None

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Piute in quarterfinals

Edward’s evaluation: Manila has as many wins — 18 — as anyone else in the state tournament. Few are talking about the Mustangs as a state title contender though. That could be a mistake. After losing to Rich by 14 in early January, Manila kept it much closer in the second meeting, only losing 27-21. If it plays similar defense at the Sevier Valley Center, anything can happen.

Milford High School

Milford Tigers (16-7)

Coach: Jeff Brough

How qualified: Finished fourth in Region 20 with a 7-5 regular season record, but heads into the state tournament as the No. 2 seed after a second-place finish at the Region 20 tournament.

Playoff opener: vs. Green River, Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. (At Sevier Valley Center)

Best preseason victory: A 40-14 win against Rich on Nov. 17 at Sevier Valley Center.

Most important region victory: A 58-35 win against Bryce Valley on Jan. 3.

Top contributors

#24 Chandler Rose, Jr., G/F (14.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.2 apg, 3.1 spg)

#12 Kennedy Netto, Jr., G/F (14.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 3.4 apg, 2.4 spg)

#14 Tia Florence, Sr., F/C (6.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.5 apg, 2.3 spg)

#22 Shyla Sherwood, Sr., G/F (6.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.4 spg)

#10 Becca Wright, Sr., G (3.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.7 spg)

Scoring offense: 51.6 ppg (8th in 1A)

Scoring defense: 39.2 ppg (10th in 1A)

Last state championship: None

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to St. Joseph in quarterfinals.

Edward’s evaluation: Milford should have no problem getting by Green River in the first round, but after that it’s a tough bracket the rest of the way. The Tigers should be plenty confident though after upsetting Panguitch in the Region 20 tournament semifinals and then pushing Piute into overtime in the championship game before losing.

Monument Valley High School

Monument Valley Cougars (16-4)

Coach: Jack Seltzer

How qualified: Finished first in Region 19 with a 10-0 record.

Playoff opener: vs. Escalante, Wednesday, 4 p.m. (At Sevier Valley Center)

Best preseason victory: A 66-32 win against on Dec. 15.

Most important region victory: A 62-50 win at Green River on Feb. 1.

Top contributors

#24 Heidi Nelson, So., Guard (23.3 ppg)

#14 Jandra Nelson, Sr., G/F (10.1 ppg)

#10 Cassidy Augustine, Sr., Guard (9.2 ppg)

#21 Rihana Atene, Jr., Guard (5.8 ppg)

#30 Autumn Holiday, Jr., G/F (4.3 ppg)

Scoring offense: 66.8 ppg (1st in 1A)

Scoring defense: 48.7 ppg (21st in 1A)

Last state championship: None

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Escalante in first round.

Edward’s evaluation: The Cougars are the highest-scoring team in 1A, and the brackets are set up nicely for a possible march through the playoffs. They could just as easily bow out in the first round if they don’t take Escalante seriously. Monument Valley beat Escalante by 34 points back in mid-December, but the Moquis are a scary team heading into the state tournament.

Monticello High School

Monticello Buckaroos (11-10)

Coach: Lee Chadwick

How qualified: Finished third in Region 19 with a 6-4 record.

Playoff opener: vs. Wendover, Wednesday, 1 p.m. (At Sevier Valley Center)

Best preseason victory: A 32-31 win against Tintic on Dec. 1.

Most important region victory: A 46-37 win at Whitehorse on Feb. 1.

Top contributors

#23 Brittany Keith, Sr. (8.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.7 spg)

#3 Shania Deanda, So. (7.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.6 spg)

#22 Mary Beh, So. (6.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.2 spg)

#12 Zoe Chadwick, So. (6.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.1 apg, 3.8 spg)

#30 Aapree Sheeran, Jr. (3.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg)

Scoring offense: 36.7 ppg (19th in 1A)

Scoring defense: 35.2 ppg (5th in 1A)

Last state championship: None

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Rich in quarterfinals.

Edward’s evaluation: Has a favorable matchup in the first round, but after that either Rich or Panguitch will be waiting, and Monticello would be a huge underdog against both.

Panguitch High School

Panguitch Bobcats (15-6)

Coach: Curtis Barney

How qualified: Finished first in Region 20 with a 10-2 regular-season record, but heads into the state tournament as the No. 3 seed after a third-place finish at the Region 20 tournament.

Playoff opener: vs. Rich, Wednesday, 2:30 p.m. (At Sevier Valley Center)

Best preseason victory: A 42-35 win against Wells, Nev. on Dec. 15 in Mesquite.

Most important region victory: A 50-32 win against Piute on Jan. 25.

Top contributors

#10 Darri Frandsen, So., Forward (14.1 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.8 spg)

#44 Taylor Bennett, Fr., Forward (13.8 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.4 spg)

#42 Chesney Campbell, Fr., Forward (8.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.1 apg, 2.4 spg)

#22 Whittni Orton, Fr., Guard (7.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.8 apg, 2.7 spg)

#40 Catania Holman, So., Guard (5.2 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.5 spg)

Scoring offense: 52.2 ppg (5th in 1A)

Scoring defense: 42.5 ppg (14th in 1A)

Last state championship: 2006

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Rich in first round

Edward’s evaluation: Panguitch and Rich are two of the best teams in 1A, yet they’ll meet in the first round because of Panguitch’s upset loss to Milford in the Region 20 tournament. Panguitch’s top five players are freshmen and sophomores, and against a senior-laden Rich team, that inexperience will likely send the Bobcats to the consolation bracket and have them looking ahead to 2014.

Piute High School

Piute Thunderbirds (17-5)

Coach: Wade Westwood

How qualified: Finished second in Region 20 with a 9-3 regular season record, but heads into the state tournament as the No. 1 seed after winning the Region 20 tournament.

Playoff opener: vs. ICS, Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. (At Sevier Valley Center)

Best preseason victory: A 48-41 win against Duchesne on Nov. 16 at Sevier Valley Center.

Most important region victory: A 58-46 win at Bryce Valley on Jan. 17.

Top contributors

#23 Kierra Gleave, Jr., Forward (13.7 ppg)

#20 Shaylee Gleave, So., Guard (12.3 ppg)

#12 Whitney Westwood, Jr., Forward (9.5 ppg)

#11 Tori Gass, Sr., Guard (8.5 ppg)

#30 Shalyn Bagley, Jr., Forward/Center (7.2 ppg)

Scoring offense: 58.0 ppg (2nd in 1A)

Scoring defense: 50.5 ppg (25th in 1A)

Last state championship: 2010

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Rich in championship

Edward’s evaluation: By earning the No. 1 seed from Region 20, the T-Birds created a very straightforward path for themselves to the state championship game. Obviously they can’t afford to look past anybody, but they’ll be the clear favorite in every game in the lower half of the bracket.

Rich High School

Rich Rebels (18-1)

Coach: Scott Ferguson

How qualified: Finished first in Region 21 with an 8-0 record.

Playoff opener: vs. Panguitch, Wednesday, 2:30 p.m. (At Sevier Valley Center)

Best preseason victory: A 42-22 win against Bryce Valley on Nov. 16 at Sevier Valley Center.

Most important region victory: A 50-36 win at Manila on Jan. 4.

Top contributors

#32 Alisa Petersen, Sr., Center (16.3 ppg)

#4 Emma Peart, Sr., Forward (7.9 ppg)

#5 Alyssa Brown, Sr., Forward, (7.5 ppg)

#1 Lynzee Wallentine, Sr., Guard (5.3 ppg)

#23 Cami Lamborn, Jr., Guard (4.9 ppg)

Scoring offense: 47.4 ppg (10th in 1A)

Scoring defense: 30.0 ppg (2nd in 1A)

Last state championship: 2011

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Win over Piute in championship game.

Edward’s evaluation: Drawing Panguitch in the first round is obviously bad luck, but that shouldn’t faze this senior-dominated team one bit. It was in the same position last year against Bryce Valley in the first round and won easily by 14. With the second-best defense in 1A, there’s no reason Rich can’t march all the way to the title this year.

St. Joseph's
Last year's 1A championship team.

St. Joseph Jayhawks (18-0)

Coach: Joe Cravens

How qualified: Finished first in Region 17 with an 8-0 record.

Playoff opener: vs. Legacy Prep/Wayne winner, Wednesday, 10 a.m. (At Sevier Valley Center)

Best preseason victory: A 41-31 win against Manila on Dec. 8.

Most important region victory: A 41-40 win against Layton Christian on Feb. 7.

Top contributors

#50 Liz Tomon, Jr. (13.5 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 1.0 apg)

#10 Katie Panushka, Sr. (11.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.1 apg, 3.2 spg)

#3 Mady White, So.. (8.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.4 apg, 3.2 spg)

#4 Jessica Bishoff, Jr. (4.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.0 apg)

#44 Danielle Shinaut, Jr. (4.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg)

Scoring offense: 52.2 ppg (6th in 1A)

Scoring defense: 22.4 ppg (1st in 1A)

Last state championship: 2012

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Rich in semifinals.

Edward’s evaluation: St. Joseph hasn’t lost a game since Feb. 3, 2012. If it’s going to repeat as state champs, defense will be the key as it features the No. 1 scoring defense in 1A. They Jayhawks snuck up on a lot of teams in last year’s state tournament, but that certainly won’t happen again this year with the bullseye square on their back.

Tintic High School

Tintic Miners (7-14)

Coach: Jed Thomas

How qualified: Finished second in Region 18 with a 4-2 record

Playoff opener: vs. Manila, Wednesday, 7 p.m. (At Sevier Valley Center)

Best preseason victory: A 58-25 win against Legacy Prep on Dec. 22.

Most important region victory: A 47-40 win at Dugway on Jan. 24.

Top contributors

#12 Esther Pehrson, Jr., Forward (9.8 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.7 spg)

#4 Savannah Hiskey, Jr., Guard (6.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.8 spg)

#22 Kelsey Campbell, Sr., Guard (6.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.4 apg, 2.4 spg)

#20 Ciera Wall, So., Guard (6.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg)

#14 Shalon Hannifin, So., Guard (4.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.4 apg, 2.0 spg)

Scoring offense: 37.7 ppg (18th in 1A)

Scoring defense: 43.5 ppg (15th in 1A)

Last state championship: None

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Manila in first round

Edward’s evaluation: Tintic didn’t beat a team with a winning record all year, and on Wednesday it faces an 18-win Manila team in the first round of the playoffs. While a blowout is likely, Tintic only lost to Manila by 11 in an earlier meeting.

Wayne High School

Wayne Badgers (10-11)

Coach: Jan Ellett

How qualified: Finished fifth in Region 20 with a 4-8 regular-season record, and heads into the state tournament as the No. 5 seed after a fifth-place finish at the Region 20 tournament.

Playoff opener: vs. Legacy Prep, Tuesday, 6 p.m. (At Sevier Valley Center)

Best preseason victory: A 57-54 win at Duchesne on Dec. 8.

Most important region victory: A 57-43 win against Milford on Jan. 17.

Top contributors

#1 Rebekah Rasmussen, Jr., Guard (10.3)

#11 Hannah Ellett, So., Guard (8.4 ppg)

#20 Maggie Ellett, Jr., Guard/Forward (8.2 ppg)

#21 Jerika Morgan, So., Forward (4.2 ppg)

#33 Shyann McCoy, Sr., Forward (3.8 ppg)

Scoring offense: 48.8 ppg (9th in 1A)

Scoring defense: 50.5 ppg (24th in 1A)

Last state championship: 2004

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to St. Joseph in first round.

Edward’s evaluation: Should have no problem beating Legacy Prep to qualify for the 16-team field at the Sevier Valley Center. After that, anything can happen. Early in the year Wayne got blown out by teams like Piute, Bryce Valley and Panguitch. But in rematches in the second round of region play the Badgers kept those games much closer, and should be confident after beating Bryce Valley to clinch the final playoff berth from Region 20. But will that be enough to upset St. Joseph in the first round?

Wendover High School

Wendover Wildcats (11-9)

Coach: David Lawson

How qualified: Finished first in Region 18 with a 6-0 record

Playoff opener: vs. Monticello, Wednesday, 1 p.m. (At Sevier Valley Center)

Best preseason victory: A 59-53 (OT) win against Rowland Hall on Dec. 7.

Most important region victory: A 52-30 win at Tintic on Jan. 22.

Top contributors

Nancy DeSantiago, Sr. (10.2 ppg)

Stephanie Badillo, Jr. (6.7 ppg)

Erika Maldonado, Sr. (5.6 rpg)

Savanah Hunt, Sr. (3.5 ppg)

Aurora Rodriguez (3.1 ppg)

Scoring offense: 40.8 ppg (16th in 1A)

Scoring defense: 39.2 ppg (9th in 1A)

Last state championship: None

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Monticello in first round.

Edward’s evaluation: Winning Region 18 was a great accomplishment for Wendover, but the competition at state will be much, much tougher. That’s not to say the Wildcats are an automatic one-and-done team, because they match up very well with Monticello in the first round.