Despite this year's 3A state tournament being held 350 miles north of last year's site in St. George, many expect another great showing from Southern Utah's Region 9 schools. The tournament gets underway this Saturday at home sites, and will then shift to Weber State the following Thursday. Defending state champion Snow Canyon, along with last year's runner-up Desert Hills, are expected to be right in the thick of it again.

In order of winning percentage, these are the 16 teams that qualified for the 3A girls state basketball tournament this year:

1. Desert Hills (19-2)

1. Juan Diego (19-2)

3. Morgan (18-2)

4. Cedar (17-4)

5. Delta (14-5)

6. Carbon (15-6)

6. Wasatch (15-6)

6. Judge (15-6)

6. Snow Canyon (15-6)

10. Dixie (14-7)

11. Uintah (13-9)

12. Bear River (11-10)

13. Stansbury (10-11)

14. Spanish Fork (9-12)

15. Ogden (8-12)

16. North Sanpete (8-12)

Here’s a team-by-team look at all 16 teams in the state tournament, and what to expect.

James Edward is the prep sports editor for DeseretNews.com. Email: jedward@desnews.com; Twitter: @dnewspreps

Desert Hills Thunder (19-2)

2012-2013 Schedule

Coach: Chris Allred

How qualified: Tied Cedar for first in Region 9 with 10-2 record, but lost coin flip to earn No. 2 seed.

Playoff opener: vs. Wasatch, Saturday, 5 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 49-39 win against Richfield on Nov. 30.

Most important region victory: A 54-33 win against Snow Canyon on Jan. 31.

Top contributors

#43 Haley Bodnar, Jr., Center (14.4 ppg)

#4 Blair Bliss, Jr., Guard (13.3 ppg)

#22 Karlee Myers, Jr., Guard (7.1 ppg)

#11 Emily Seifert, Jr., Forward (5.2 ppg)

#41 Kassidy Cox, Jr., Forward (4.2 ppg)

Scoring offense: 55.5 ppg (4th in 3A)

Scoring defense: 34.3 ppg (1st in 3A)

Last state championship: None

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Win over Cedar in state championship.

Edward’s evaluation: Despite losing a coin flip that sent Desert Hills into the state tournament as the No. 2 seed, it’s still in great shape regardless of the tougher draw than Region 9 No. 1 seed Cedar. The Thunder are the best defensive team in 3A, and offensively they have great guard play and great post play. It’s a recipe that should get them over the hump this year.

Bear River Bears (11-10)

2012-2013 Schedule

Coach: Van Park

How qualified: Second in Region 11 with 9-3 record

Playoff opener: vs. Spanish Fork, Saturday, 5 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 59-42 win at Box Elder on Dec. 28.

Most important region victory: A 70-52 win against Ogden on Jan. 22.

Top contributors

#15 Jordan Theurer, Sr., G/F (14.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.7 apg, 2.4 spg)

#20 Alyssa Park, So., G/F (9.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2.7 spg)

#23 Paige Roholt, Sr., Forward (7.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.7 apg, 2.1)

#12 Kelsee Hancock, Sr., G/F (4.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.9 spg)

#40 Terrell Fridal, Jr., Forward (4.7 ppg, 5.7 ppg, 1.7 spg)

Scoring offense: 54.0 ppg (4th in 3A)

Scoring defense: 51.4 ppg (22nd in 3A)

Last state championship: None

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

Edward’s evaluation: Back in late December, Bear River traveled to Desert Hills to participate in a tournament, and dropped its first game to host Desert Hills by 28 points. That doesn’t bode well for the Bears’ hopes of making a deep run in the state tournament. It should be able to take care of business against Spanish Fork in the first round, but any success beyond that would be surprising.

Carbon Dinos (15-6)

2012-2013 Schedule

Coach: Ted Bianco

How qualified: Second in Region 12 with 8-2 record

Playoff opener: vs. Stansbury, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 53-49 win at Emery on Dec. 18.

Most important region victory: A 43-40 win against Spanish Fork on Jan. 29.

Top contributors

#11 Shelby Cornforth, Jr. (11.6 ppg)

#3 Shailee Croasmun, Jr. (7.6 ppg)

#12 Giovanna Chiara, Jr. (5.8 ppg)

#13 Katie Basinger, So. (5.6 ppg)

#32 Ashley Quinton, Sr. (4.6 ppg)

Scoring offense: 42.4 ppg (17th in 3A)

Scoring defense: 36.6 ppg (2nd in 3A)

Last state championship: 2005

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

Edward’s evaluation: In typical fashion, Carbon has proved throughout the season that it’s one of the best defensive teams in 3A. That certainly gives the Dinos hopes about making a run in the state tournament, particularly in the weaker upper bracket. With that said, Carbon is also one of the lowest-scoring teams in 3A, which doesn’t bode well in a potential quarterfinal matchup with high-scoring Juan Diego.

Cedar Redmen (17-4)

2012-2013 Schedule

Coach: John Elison

How qualified: Tied Desert Hills for first in Region 9 with 10-2 record, and won a coin flip to earn No. 1 seed.

Playoff opener: vs. Uintah, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 64-44 win against Salem Hills on Dec. 20.

Most important region victory: A 56-52 win against Snow Canyon on Feb. 13.

Top contributors

#15 Tara Shipp, Sr., Forward (9.5 ppg)

#23 Courtney Morley, Fr., Guard (8.7 ppg)

#32 Taylor Davis, Sr., Forward (7.7 ppg)

#3 Jessica Nakken, Sr., Guard (5.7 ppg)

#22 Madison Alger, Sr., Guard (4.6 ppg)

Scoring offense: 50.1 ppg (10th in 3A)

Scoring defense: 40.1 ppg (8th in 3A)

Last state championship: None

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Desert Hills in championship.

Edward’s evaluation: Cedar plowed through the second half of Region 9 with a perfect 6-0 record, and thanks to a lucky coin flip heads into the state tournament as the No. 1 seed from down south. Cedar is one of the most balanced teams in 3A without a single scorer in double figures. As one Region 9 coach noted, Cedar is a tremendous outside shooting team as it knocked down 127 3-pointers this year. If that trend continues at Weber State, Cedar will be tough to beat, but relying on outside shooting in the state tournament is always a tricky proposition.

Delta Rabbits (14-5)

2012-2013 Schedule

Coach: Kurtis Topham

How qualified: First in Region 12 with 14-5 record

Playoff opener: vs. Ogden, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 37-29 win against Emery on Dec. 20.

Most important region victory: A 40-24 win against Carbon on Feb. 7.

Top contributors

#14 TaNeil Clayton, Sr., Guard (12.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.5 spg)

#23 Angela Burton, Sr., Guard (10.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.9 spg)

#2 Alyssa Johnson, Sr., Guard (6.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.3 apg, 3.2 spg)

#24 Malori Howell, Jr., Forward (5.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.1 spg)

#33 Kennedy Springer, Sr., Forward (4.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.7 spg)

Scoring offense: 45.4 ppg (14th in 3A)

Scoring defense: 39.1 ppg (4th in 3A)

Last state championship: 1987 (2A)

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

Edward’s evaluation: Region 12 champion Delta has won 12 straight heading into the state tournament. Wins in the playoffs will be much tougher to come by. Even though Delta shouldn’t have a problem against Ogden in the first round, a matchup with either Snow Canyon or Judge looms in the quarterfinals. Snow Canyon beat Delta 53-31 in a preseason game back on Dec. 19.

Dixie Flyers (14-7)

2012-2013 Schedule

Coach: Kevin Robinson

How qualified: Fourth in Region 9 with 7-5 record.

Playoff opener: at Juan Diego, Saturday, 4 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 45-36 win against Maple Mountain on Dec. 14.

Most important region victory: A 63-41 win against Snow Canyon on Jan. 10.

Top contributors

#23 Caroline Lantor, Sr., Forward (11.9 ppg)

#14 Kelsey McCann, So., G/F (11.3 ppg)

#11 Elizabeth Thompson, Sr., Guard (8.4 ppg)

#10 Aubri Challis, So., Guard (7.4 ppg)

#21 Elizabeth Empey, Jr., Forward (5.7 ppg)

Scoring offense: 50.5 ppg (8th in 3A)

Scoring defense: 39.0 ppg (3rd in 3A)

Last state championship: None

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

Edward’s evaluation: Dixie lost to Cedar twice, Desert Hills twice and Snow Canyon once in Region 9 play. Almost every one of those games was close, however. That bodes well heading into the state tournament because the Flyers know they can play with anybody. They’ve got a tough first-round matchup against Juan Diego, but a consistently strong defense should keep them in the game.

Juan Diego Soaring Eagle (19-2)

2012-2013 Schedule

Coach: Natalie Williams

How qualified: First in Region 10 with 9-1 record.

Playoff opener: vs. Dixie, Saturday, 4 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 67-59 win against Syracuse on Dec. 13.

Most important region victory: A 57-46 win against Judge on Jan. 29.

Top contributors

#21 Monique Mills, So., Guard (15.3 ppg)

#15 Lancee Whetman, Sr., Forward (11.1 ppg)

#23 Dominique Mills, So., Forward (9.0 ppg)

#10 Alexa Mortenson, Jr., Guard (7.6 ppg)

#22 Melanie Mecham, Sr., Guard (6.0 ppg)

Scoring offense: 55.6 ppg (3rd in 3A)

Scoring defense: 39.9 ppg (6th in 3A)

Last state championship: None

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

Edward’s evaluation: The intensity of last year’s state tournament seemed to catch Juan Diego by surprise, but it’s hard to imagine that happening again this year. Most of Juan Diego’s starters are back from a year ago, and they’ve been great all year, producing wins over Skyline, Syracuse and Snow Canyon. If Juan Diego survives a tough first-round game with Dixie, a path to the semifinals seems pretty straightforward.

Judge Memorial Bulldogs (15-6)

2012-2013 Schedule

Coach: Anthony Alford

How qualified: Tied Wasatch for second in Region 10 with 7-3 record, but won tiebreaker to claim No. 2 seed.

Playoff opener: vs. Snow Canyon, Saturday, 6 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 69-60 win at Bear River on Dec. 15.

Most important region victory: A 55-42 win against Juan Diego on Jan. 10.

Top contributors

#4 Kailie Quinn, Jr., Guard (20.2 ppg, 13.1 rpg, 3.8 apg, 5.9 spg)

#34 Julie Wheatley, Jr., Guard (6.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.1 spg)

#30 Sadie Sewell, Jr., Guard (6.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.8 spg)

#5 Emily Smith, Jr., Guard (6.2 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.4 spg)

#45 Tyree Snyder, Sr., Center (4.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg)

Scoring offense: 55.9 ppg (2nd in 3A)

Scoring defense: 46.7 ppg (14th in 3A)

Last state championship: None

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

Edward’s evaluation: Kailie Quinn is one of the best players in 3A, and she’ll need to be at her best if Judge is going to upset Snow Canyon in the first round. Even though the Bulldogs are the home team, they’re certainly the underdog heading into a game with defending state champion Snow Canyon — which finished third in ultra-competitive Region 9. Home-court advantage helped Judge beat a very good Cedar team in the first round last year, but duplicating that result will be even tougher this year.

Morgan Trojans (18-2)

2012-2013 Schedule

Coach: Brad Matthews

How qualified: First in Region 11 with 12-0 record.

Playoff opener: vs. North Sanpete, Saturday, 5 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 58-45 win at Salem Hills on Dec. 7.

Most important region victory: A 61-48 win against Bear River on Jan. 29.

Top contributors

#14 McKenzie Schenk, Jr., Forward (17.1 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1.5 apg, 2.2 spg)

#12 Lisa VanCampen, Jr., Forward (7.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.7 spg)

#15 Breanna Hurlbut, Jr., Guard (5.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.9 spg)

#4 Ali Tonks, So., Guard (5.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.2 spg)

#31 Jessica Carter, So., Forward (5.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.6 spg)

Scoring offense: 56.6 ppg (1st in 3A)

Scoring defense: 39.6 ppg (5th in 3A)

Last state championship: 2004

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

Edward’s evaluation: The Trojans have got to be thinking, “not again.” Despite putting together an 18-2 record and easily winning the Region 11 title, they’re staring at another likely quarterfinal game against juggernaut Desert Hills. Last year the teams met in the quarterfinals at Dixie State College and Desert Hills won easily, 46-29. This year’s game will be at Weber State, which certainly levels the playing field a bit. That contest will be one of the most intriguing of the 3A tournament as it pits Morgan’s No. 1 offense and Desert Hills’ No. 1 defense. Defense certainly won last year.

North Sanpete Hawks (8-12)

2012-2013 Schedule

Coach: Tyler Schlappi

How qualified: Fourth in Region 12 with 3-7 record.

Playoff opener: at Morgan, Saturday, 5 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 55-52 win against Hurricane on Dec. 15 at Sevier Valley Center.

Most important region victory: A 47-35 win against Juab on Feb. 7.

Top contributors

#20 Taylor Gordon, Jr., Guard (13.6 ppg)

#11 Keisha Jorgenson, Jr., Guard (9.2 ppg)

#14 Ashley Nuttall, So., Forward (7.6 ppg)

#4 Jacey Dunn, So., F/C (4.9 ppg)

McKenna Birch, So., Guard (4.6 ppg)

Scoring offense: 44.9 ppg (15th in 3A)

Scoring defense: 48.3 ppg (19th in 3A)

Last state championship: 2004

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

Edward’s evaluation: North Sanpete is one of just four teams with a losing record in the 3A state tournament, and it would be a major upset if it was able to knock off Morgan in the first round.

Ogden Tigers (8-12)

2012-2013 Schedule

Coach: Rob McGill

How qualified: Tied Stansbury for third in Region 11 with 7-5 record, but lost season series to Stansbury and enters playoffs as No. 4 seed.

Playoff opener: at Delta, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 42-35 win at Layton Christian on Nov. 20.

Most important region victory: A 62-43 win against Tooele on Feb. 1.

Top contributors

#5 Morgan Jones, Sr., Guard (11.2 ppg)

#12 Amy Ulrich, Sr., Forward (6.7 ppg)

#32 Xena Motes, So., Guard (5.0 ppg)

#3 Haley Lythgoe, Sr., Guard (4.8 ppg)

#14 Nikki Thompson, Sr., Guard (4.6 ppg)

Scoring offense: 44.9 ppg (16th in 3A)

Scoring defense: 45.4 ppg (13th in 3A)

Last state championship: 1996 (4A)

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

Edward’s evaluation: Sometimes simply qualifying for the state tournament is a good accomplishment, and that’s likely the case for Ogden. It faces a quality Delta team in the first round and an upset seems unlikely.

Snow Canyon Warriors (15-6)

2012-2013 Schedule

Coach: Wade Jensen

How qualified: Third in Region 9 with 9-3 record.

Playoff opener: at Judge Memorial, Saturday, 6 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 65-55 win against Maple Mountain on Dec. 13.

Most important region victory: A 53-46 win against Desert Hills on Jan. 8.

Top contributors

#10 Amy Harris, Sr., Guard (17.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 2.0 spg)

#4 Grace Walton, Jr., Guard (10.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.4 spg)

#25 Megan Leavitt, Sr., Forward (9.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg)

#43 Madie Gubler, Sr., Center (6.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg)

#11 Ashlee Nyborg, Jr., G/F (5.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg)

Scoring offense: 54.8 ppg (5th in 3A)

Scoring defense: 47.7 ppg (17th in 3A)

Last state championship: 2012

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

Edward’s evaluation: Despite the tough first-round draw, Snow Canyon is still very confident about repeating as 3A state champs. With reigning 3A MVP Amy Harris leading the way, there’s no reason it shouldn’t be. The Warriors will be favored in their first two playoff games, and after that a likely semifinal showdown with region rival Desert Hills looms next Friday.

Spanish Fork Dons (9-12)

2012-2013 Schedule

Coach: Alyssa Larsen

How qualified: Third in Region 12 with 5-5 record.

Playoff opener: at Bear River, Saturday, 5 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 53-47 win against Stansbury on Dec. 11.

Most important region victory: A 55-47 win against North Sanpete on Feb. 1.

Top contributors

#21 McKinley Brinkerhoff, Jr., Guard (9.5 ppg)

#22 Alyssa Brown, Sr., Guard (9.1 ppg)

#33 Paige Beckstrom, Sr., Center (6.0 ppg)

#11 Kaylee Bott, So., Guard (5.8 ppg)

#5 Sabrina Naulu, Jr., Forward (4.8 ppg)

Scoring offense: 48.0 ppg (11th in 3A)

Scoring defense: 46.9 ppg (15th in 3A)

Last state championship: None

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

Edward’s evaluation: Despite limping to the regular-season finish line with losses in three of its last four games, Spanish Fork isn’t a guaranteed one-and-done team. It matches up well with Bear River in the first round, and has numerous players who can get hot on a given night.

Stansbury Stallions (10-11)

2012-2013 Schedule

Coach: Kenzie Newton

How qualified: Tied Ogden for third in Region 11 with 7-5 record, but won season series with Ogden to earn the No. 3 seed.

Playoff opener: at Carbon, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 38-27 win against Westlake on Dec. 4.

Most important region victory: A 46-42 win against Ogden on Jan. 31.

Top contributors

#23 Erika Alvey, Sr., Guard (12.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.6 spg)

#14 Bailey Wilson, Jr., Forward (9.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg)

#21 Madie Alvey, Jr., Guard (6.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.4 rpg)

#12 Shyan Adams, Jr., G/F (4.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg)

#13 Rachel Prescott, So., Guard (4.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg)

Scoring offense: 46.1 ppg (13th in 3A)

Scoring defense: 43.7 ppg (11th in 3A)

Last state championship: None

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

Edward’s evaluation: Stansbury has now qualified for the playoffs in three of the four years since the school opened, but it’s still searching for its first playoff win. It’s certainly a possibility this year. It travels to a decent Carbon team in the first round, and if Stansbury is knocking down its shots an upset is certainly possible.

Uintah Utes (13-9)

2012-2013 Schedule

Coach: Kristy Putnam

How qualified: Tied Park City for fourth in Region 10 with 3-7 record, but won play-in game to secure No. 4 seed.

Playoff opener: at Cedar, Saturday, 7 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 56-32 win at Granger on Dec. 29.

Most important region victory: A 47-35 win against Park City on Feb. 1.

Top contributors

#1 Erin Elder, Jr. (9.3 ppg)

#3 Rachel Wright, Sr. (8.8 ppg)

#22 Caity Beddes, Sr. (8.1 ppg)

#2 Hailey Bunderson, Sr. (6.1 ppg)

#4 Taylor Henline, Sr. (5.3 ppg)

Scoring offense: 46.7 ppg (12th in 3A)

Scoring defense: 44.5 ppg (12th in 3A)

Last state championship: None

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

Edward’s evaluation: Beat Park City in a Region 10 play-in game to qualify for the state tournament, but it will likely be a short stay for Uintah as it must travel to Region 9 No. 1 seed Cedar in the first round.

Wasatch Wasps (15-6)

2012-2013 Schedule

Coach: Thomas Perkins

How qualified: Tied Judge for second in Region 10 with 7-3 record, but lost tiebreaker to claim No. 3 seed.

Playoff opener: at Desert Hills, Saturday, 5 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 54-46 win against Ogden on Dec. 21.

Most important region victory: A 54-42 win at Judge on Jan. 8.

Top contributors

#12 Rebecca MaWhinney, Sr., Guard (19.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 2.7 spg)

#22 Ashlyn Coleman, So., Guard (6.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.2 apg)

#10 Renee Fagg, Sr., Forward (6.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.1 spg)

#5 Tristin Bills, Jr., Guard (4.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.0 spg)

#4 Sadie Sweat, Jr., Guard (3.3 ppg, 1.0 rpg)

Scoring offense: 50.9 ppg (7th in 3A)

Scoring defense: 40.8 ppg (9th in 3A)

Last state championship: 2009

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

Edward’s evaluation: For a 15-win team that tied for second in Region 10, Wasatch certainly has a brutal first-round game at 19-win Desert Hills. The Wasps know that better than anyone. They lost to Desert Hills 49-28 at the Sevier Valley Center back in mid-December, and a similar result seems like a foregone conclusion.