As dominant as No. 1 Lone Peak has been throughout the 2012-13 basketball season, the outcome of next week’s 5A state tournament is probably a foregone conclusion. However, that doesn’t mean the state tournament will lack drama — in fact, far from it. Class 5A has been very balanced this season, and the “inevitable” battle for second place figures to be very competitive.

Realistically, as many as seven teams from the top half of the bracket (Alta, Bingham, Weber, Hunter, Syracuse, American Fork and Jordan) are good enough to win three straight games next week and advance to the state championship.

Lone Peak’s toughest test in the bottom half of the bracket, and perhaps the entire tournament, could come from Brighton in a potential semifinal matchup. It would be a rematch of last year’s 5A state championship, which was won easily by Lone Peak.

Here's a team-by-team look at the 14 teams who've already qualified for the 5A state tournament and the four teams who are trying to play their way into the tournament on Friday.

James Edward is the Deseret News prep editor and Real Salt Lake beat writer. Email: jedward@desnews.com; Twitter: @dnewspreps

American Fork Cavemen (15-8)

2012-2013 Record

Coach: Doug Meacham (11th year)

How qualified: Second in Region 4 with 7-3 record.

Playoff opener: vs. Jordan, Monday, 2:30 p.m. (At Weber State)

Best preseason victory: A 48-44 win against Bountiful on Nov. 30.

Most important region victory: A 53-36 win at Bingham on Feb. 15.

Top contributors

#23 Ryan Andrus, Jr., F/C (19.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.4 apg)

#34 Tyler Rawson, Jr., Forward (8.4 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.0 apg)

#5 Christian Wells, Sr., Guard (6.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.5 spg)

#22 Kyle Line, Sr., Guard (6.0 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.3 spg)

#10 Brendan Bailey, Fr., Guard (6.0 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 1.6 rpg)

Scoring offense: 59.2 ppg (12th in 5A)

Scoring defense: 55.4 ppg (10th in 5A)

Last state championship: 1979 (3A)

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

Edward’s evaluation: A year ago this time, American Fork entered the playoffs with legitimate state title hopes. Expectations are much different this year, but the Cavemen have proved they’re capable of marching through the top half of the bracket after an impressive second-place finish in Region 4. American Fork has lost four games since the calendar flipped to 2013, twice to Lone Peak — no shame there — and double-overtime losses to Pleasant Grove and Syracuse. It opens with a tough matchup against Jordan, one of the highest-scoring teams in 5A.

Alta Hawks (13-8)

2012-2013 Record

Coach: Jim Barker (5th year)

How qualified: Second in Region 3 with 8-2 record.

Playoff opener: vs. Bingham, Monday, 9:30 a.m. (At Weber State)

Best preseason victory: A 58-51 win at American Fork on Dec. 12.

Most important region victory: A 65-43 win at Brighton on Feb. 1.

Top contributors

#3 Trevor Hill, Jr., Guard (11.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.3 spg)

#4 Zach Rollins, Jr., Guard (11.7 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.1 spg)

#12 RJ Beard, Sr., Guard (9.9 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 1.1 spg)

#33 Landon Albrecht, Jr., F/C (9.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.2 spg)

#21 Carter Heslop, Jr., Forward (4.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.2 spg)

Scoring offense: 56.5 ppg (18th in 5A)

Scoring defense: 52.4 ppg (3rd in 5A)

Last state championship: 2010

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

Edward’s evaluation: With one of the best defenses in 5A, but also one of the lower scoring offenses, Alta not surprisingly played in a whole bunch of close games this season. Lately though, the Hawks have been winning those tight games as they enter the playoffs on a seven-game winning streak. Earlier in the season they were losing those close games, including one-point losses to Olympus and Bingham, as well as an overtime defeat to Jordan. Alta is very capable of making a deep run in the playoffs, but it could just as easily lose to Bingham again in the first round.

Bingham Miners (14-9)

2012-2013 Record

Coach: Mark Dubach (10th year)

How qualified: Third in Region 4 with 5-5 record.

Playoff opener: vs. Alta, Monday, 9:30 a.m. (At Weber State)

Best preseason victory: A 79-69 win against Bountiful on Nov. 27.

Most important region victory: A 71-60 win at Pleasant Grove on Feb. 1.

Top contributors

#23 Brandon Morley, Sr., Center (16.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.3 spg)

#13 Jordan Evans, Jr., G/F (15.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.2 spg)

#4 Braxton McKee, Sr., Guard (8.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.0 spg)

#10 Lance Harrison, Sr., Guard (6.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.9 aps, 1.6 spg)

#22 Daylor Youngblood, Jr., Guard (5.9 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.3 spg)

Scoring offense: 61.9 ppg (9th in 5A)

Scoring defense: 63.7 ppg (21st in 5A)

Last state championship: 2006

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

Edward’s evaluation: The Miners have been very erratic this year. In addition to wins over Bountiful, Alta and Olympus, not to mention a first-place finish in a 16-team bracket at the San Diego Holiday Classic, they also lost to Brighton by 19, American Fork by 18 and 17 and then Lone Peak by 35 and 41 this season. Which version of Bingham will show up against Alta on Monday morning at the Dee Events Center is anybody’s guess.

Brighton Bengals (18-5)

2012-2013 Record

Coach: Jeff Gardner (2nd year)

How qualified: First in Region 3 with 9-1 record.

Playoff opener: vs. Pleasant Grove, Monday, 7:30 p.m. (At Weber State)

Best preseason victory: A 69-50 win against Bingham on Jan. 2.

Most important region victory: A 66-54 win at Jordan on Feb. 5.

Top contributors

#22 Brandon Miller, Sr., Guard (19.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.6 spg)

#35 Travis Devashrayee, Sr., Forward (12.4 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.9 apg)

#40 Bryce Callahan, Sr., Forward (8.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.2 spg)

#12 Zach Bernardo, Sr., Guard (8.4 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 5.4 apg, 2.2 spg)

#3 Brock Miller, So., Guard (5.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.2 apg)

Scoring offense: 67.1 ppg (3rd in 5A)

Scoring defense: 51.0 ppg (2nd in 5A)

Last state championship: 1996

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

Edward’s evaluation: Brighton surprised many by advancing to last year’s 5A championship, but it won’t sneak up on anybody this year. It has been ranked near the top of 5A all season, and features the third-highest scoring offense in 5A and the second-stingiest defense. There’s no reason this senior-laden team shouldn’t easily march to the semifinals. After that, No. 1 Lone Peak will be waiting. The Bengals lost to Lone Peak by 20 earlier this season, and it would probably take a miracle to change that outcome in the rematch.

Copper Hills Grizzlies (9-13)

2012-2013 Record

Coach: Andrew Blanchard (1st year)

How qualified: Tied West Jordan for fourth in Region 3 with 3-7 record, and will have a play-in game Friday at Jordan High School at 7 p.m.

Playoff opener: West Jordan/Copper Hills winner vs. Lone Peak, Monday, 5:50 p.m. (At Weber State)

Best preseason victory: A 61-57 (OT) win at Lehi on Dec. 11.

Most important region victory: A 61-51 win against West Jordan on Jan. 18.

Top contributors

#22 Darius Maluia, Sr., Forward (10.7 ppg)

#21 Austin McCombs, Sr., Guard (10.5 ppg)

#20 Danny Martinez, Sr., Guard (8.1 ppg)

#11 Porter Hawkins, Fr., Center (6.9 ppg)

#4 Preston Sanchez, Fr., Guard (4.7 ppg)

Scoring offense: 51.2 ppg (21st in 5A)

Scoring defense: 53.0 ppg (4th in 5A)

Last state championship: 2000

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Does not qualify, loss to West Jordan in Region 3 play-in game.

Davis Darts (16-5)

2012-2013 Record

Coach: Jay Welk (23rd year)

How qualified: Tied Northridge for second in Region 1 with 6-4 record, but lost season series to Northridge and enters playoffs as No. 3 seed.

Playoff opener: vs. Kearns, Monday, 4:10 p.m. (At Weber State)

Best preseason victory: A 62-53 win against Alta on Nov. 27.

Most important region victory: A 68-54 win against Weber on Jan. 15.

Top contributors

#10 Jesse Wade, So., Guard (15.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.9 spg)

#30 Abel Porter, Jr., Guard (14.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.4 spg)

#32 Brandon Koelliker, Sr., F/C (10.4 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.3 spg)

#34 Cole Hally, Sr., Forward (9.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg)

#11 Zac Fuller, Sr., Guard (7.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.3 spg)

Scoring offense: 66.2 ppg (4th in 5A)

Scoring defense: 55.2 ppg (9th in 5A)

Last state championship: 2002

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

Edward’s evaluation: Earlier this season, Davis looked like the clear No. 2 in 5A. Lately though, it’s started to resemble a one-and-done playoff team with losses in four of its last six regular season games, which dropped Davis to the No. 3 seed from Region 1. The Darts are still a slight favorite against Kearns in the 5A first round, but Lone Peak awaits in the quarterfinals and a blowout seems inevitable with all of their struggles in the past month.

Hunter Wolverines (14-9)

2012-2013 Record

Coach: Dave Filimoehala

How qualified: First in Region 2 with 10-0 record.

Playoff opener: vs. Syracuse, Monday, 12:50 p.m. (At Weber State)

Best preseason victory: A 58-42 win against Hillcrest on Dec. 6.

Most important region victory: A 58-49 win at Kearns on Feb. 1.

Top contributors

#4 Noah Togiai, So., Forward (15.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.0 spg)

#25 Brandon Davies, Sr., Center (11.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg)

#44 Willie Petersen, Sr., Center (7.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.0 apg)

#23 Trevon Johnson, Sr., Forward (5.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.4 spg)

#15 Tanner Lavender, Sr., Guard (5.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.1 apg)

Scoring offense: 58.1 ppg (13th in 5A)

Scoring defense: 56.0 ppg (13th in 5A)

Last state championship: 2004

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

Edward’s evaluation: After stumbling through a 4-9 preseason without a single victory over a 5A- or 4A-caliber playoff team, Hunter has since ripped off 10 straight victories to claim the Region 2 title. Coach Dave Filimoehala attributes his team's turnaround to playing much better defense since the preseason. A weak region schedule no doubt helped too. Noah Togiai is a legitimate scorer for Hunter, but defense is still a huge question mark heading into the playoffs.

Jordan Beetdiggers (17-6)

2012-2013 Record

Coach: Rob Geertsen (6th year)

How qualified: Third in Region 3 with 7-3 record.

Playoff opener: vs. American Fork, Monday, 2:30 p.m. (At Weber State)

Best preseason victory: A 78-74 win at Pleasant Grove on Dec. 4.

Most important region victory: A 68-57 (OT) win against Alta on Jan. 18.

Top contributors

#30 Brandon Pasker, Sr., Center (18.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.0 spg)

#3 Chandler Smith, Sr., Guard (12.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 7.5 apg, 2.1 spg)

#5 Jonas Jones, Sr., Forward (9.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.5 spg)

#10 McKay Nilsson, Sr., Guard (8.9 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.6 apg, 2.0 spg)

#25 Marcus Gutierrez, Sr., Guard (7.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.9 spg)

Scoring offense: 67.5 ppg (2nd in 5A)

Scoring defense: 58.4 ppg (15th in 5A)

Last state championship: 1984

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

Edward’s evaluation: Like most teams in the top half of the 5A bracket, Jordan is more than capable of stringing a few wins together at Weber State next week and advancing deep in the playoffs. The ‘Diggers play an up-tempo style and feature a strong point guard in Chandler Smith and a quality big man in Brandon Pasker. Success in the state tournament, however, is often defined by defense, and that just isn’t Jordan’s strength.

Kearns Cougars (15-8)

2012-2013 Record

Coach: Dan Cosby (5th year)

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

Playoff opener: vs. Davis, Monday, 4:10 p.m. (At Weber State)

Best preseason victory: A 53-51 win against Syracuse on Nov. 20.

Most important region victory: A 67-57 win at Viewmont on Feb. 12.

Top contributors

#35 Dayon Goodman, Sr., Center (19.5 ppg, 11.9 rpg, 2.7 apg, 2.2 spg)

#1 Bushman Ebet, So., Guard (11.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.6 apg, 2.9 spg)

#15 Darion Brown, Jr., Guard (9.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.5 spg)

#3 Henry Rodriguez, Sr., Guard (5.3 ppg, 1.7 apg)

#24 Jarel Anderson, Sr., Guard (4.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg)

Scoring offense: 57.7 ppg (14th in 5A)

Scoring defense: 53.6 ppg (5th in 5A)

Last state championship: 1972 (3A)

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

Edward’s evaluation: Last year Kearns opened the state tournament against juggernaut Lone Peak, and knew a loss was inevitable. This year it opens with struggling Davis, which gives the Cougars hope of winning their first playoff game in over a decade. Kearns will still be an underdog in the first round, but the Cougars are a relatively strong defensive team with Dayon Goodman patrolling the paint.

Lone Peak Knights (22-1)

2012-2013 Record

Coach: Quincy Lewis (10th year)

How qualified: First in Region 4 with 10-0 record.

Playoff opener: vs. West Jordan/Copper Hills, Monday, 5:50 p.m. (At Weber State)

Best preseason victory: A 73-50 win against Chester, Pa. on Dec. 20 in Florida.

Most important region victory: A 67-42 win against American Fork on Jan. 17 at UVU.

Top contributors

#4 Nick Emery, Sr., Guard (18.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.7 apg, 2.9 spg)

#11 T.J. Haws, Jr., Forward (17.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.9 spg)

#55 Eric Mika, Sr., Center (16.5 ppg, 10.3 rpg)

#5 Conner Toolson, Sr., Guard (9.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.6 spg)

#21 Talon Shumway, Sr., Forward (5.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.2 spg)

Scoring offense: 72.4 ppg (1st in 5A)

Scoring defense: 47.1 ppg (1st in 5A)

Last state championship: 2012

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

Edward’s evaluation: With a No. 1 national ranking according to MaxPreps, and the No. 1 offense and defense in 5A, Lone Peak is the overwhelming favorite to win the 5A state tournament next week. In fact, the only real suspense surrounding the Knights is whether or not leading scoring Nick Emery reaches 2,000 career points. He’s at 1,901 career points after scoring 30 in the regular-season finale, and he needs 99 more to become the seventh player in state history to reach 2,000 career points.

Northridge Knights (13-9)

2012-2013 Record

Coach: Chad Sims (2nd year)

How qualified: Tied Davis for second in Region 1 with 6-4 record, and earns No. 2 seed by sweeping Davis this year.

Playoff opener: vs. Viewmont, Monday, 9:10 p.m. (At Weber State)

Best preseason victory: A 65-63 win at Jordan on Dec. 7.

Most important region victory: A 61-45 win against Davis on Feb. 19.

Top contributors

#3 Preston Christensen, Sr., Forward (17.0 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.3 spg)

#2 Jacob Bigler, Jr., Guard (14.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg)

#32 Dallas Bond, Sr., Forward (12.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.1 spg)

#11 Jesse Armitstead, Sr., Guard (7.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.5 spg)

#21 David Adams, Sr., Guard (5.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.6 spg)

Scoring offense: 59.8 ppg (11th in 5A)

Scoring defense: 55.0 ppg (7th in 5A)

Last state championship: None

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

Edward’s evaluation: Northridge laid an egg offensively in the 5A first round last year against Copper Hills, yet still managed to survive because of strong defense. The Knights are strong defensively again this year, and that gives them hope of winning a game or two in the playoffs despite a 3-4 record over their last seven games.

Pleasant Grove Vikings (14-9)

2012-2013 Record

Coach: Randy McAllister (11th year)

How qualified: Fourth in Region 4 with 4-6 record.

Playoff opener: vs. Brighton, Monday, 7:30 p.m. (At Weber State)

Best preseason victory: A 68-60 win against Hunter on Jan. 9.

Most important region victory: A 76-75 (2OT) win against American Fork on Jan. 22.

Top contributors

#1 Riley Court, So., Guard (15.6 ppg)

#25 Matt Conway, Jr., Forward (14.1 ppg)

#20 Forrest Pincock, Jr., Guard (12.3 ppg)

#34 Mark Sheffield, Jr., Forward (8.2 ppg)

#42 Josh Clement, Sr., Center (3.4 ppg)

Scoring offense: 65.0 ppg (5th in 5A)

Scoring defense: 64.7 ppg (22nd in 5A)

Last state championship: 1961

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

Edward’s evaluation: After starting region play with a 3-1 record, the Vikings limped to the regular-season finish line with a 1-5 record — including a 30-point loss to American Fork on Tuesday. Earlier in the season the Vikings beat American Fork 76-75. Pleasant Grove’s 22nd-ranked defense in 5A has a very difficult first-round game against a very high-scoring Brighton team.

Syracuse Titans (13-8)

2012-2013 Record

Coach: Justin Nelson (6th year)

How qualified: Fourth in Region 1 with 5-5.

Playoff opener: vs. Hunter, Monday, 12:50 p.m. (At Weber State)

Best preseason victory: A 63-56 win against Mountain Crest on Dec. 12.

Most important region victory: A 54-51 win against Layton on Feb. 15.

Top contributors

#10 Diante Mitchell, Sr., Guard (19.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.3 spg)

#21 Michael Phelps, Jr., Guard (10.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.1 spg)

#15 Daniel Pehrson, Sr., Center (6.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg)

#50 Daulton Whatcott, Sr., Forward (6.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.7 apg)

#1 Josh Herfel, Jr., Guard (6.1 ppg, 1.5 rpg)

Scoring offense: 56.7 ppg (17th in 5A)

Scoring defense: 55.5 ppg (11th in 5A)

Last state championship: None

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

Edward’s evaluation: Despite finishing fourth in Region 1, Syracuse faces the weakest No. 1 seed in the first round and the bracket is set up nicely for the Titans to make some noise next week at Weber State. Diante Mitchell is one of the leading scorers in 5A, and Syracuse has a great time slot to enjoy strong student support on Monday against Hunter with a 12:50 p.m. tipoff.

Taylorsville Warriors (9-14)

2012-2013 Record

Coach: Jim Boyce (3rd year)

How qualified: Tied West for fourth in Region 2 with 3-7, and has a play-in game at Hunter on Friday at 7 p.m.

Playoff opener: Taylorsville/West winner vs. Weber, Monday, 11:10 a.m. (At Weber State)

Best preseason victory: A 45-43 win against West Jordan on Dec. 20.

Most important region victory: A 72-69 win at West on Jan. 11.

Top contributors

#30 Jevin Warren, Jr. (16.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.0 spg)

#3 Sidney Freeman, Jr. (15.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.1 apg, 2.4 spg)

#44 Kia Delacerna, Jr. (5.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.0 spg)

#33 Manny Suarez, Jr. (3.7 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.1 apg)

#11 Jamahl Jones, Sr. (3.4 ppg, 1.0 rpg)

Scoring offense: 54.3 ppg (19th in 5A)

Scoring defense: 57.4 ppg (14th in 5A)

Last state championship: None

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

Viewmont Vikings (12-10)

2012-2013 Record

Coach: Jeff Emery (15th year)

How qualified: Third in Region 2 with 6-4 record.

Playoff opener: vs. Northridge, Monday, 9:10 p.m. (At Weber State)

Best preseason victory: A 67-65 (OT) win at Highland on Nov. 28.

Most important region victory: A 69-64 win against Taylorsville on Feb. 15.

Top contributors

#25 Jarom Tye, Sr., Wing (13.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2.1 spg)

#22 McKay Butler, Jr., Guard (10.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.6 spg)

#35 McKay Richins, Sr., Forward (9.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.0 spg)

#13 McKay Johnson, Jr., Wing (7.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.8 apg)

#12 Michael Steinicke, Sr., Forward (4.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.1 apg)

Scoring offense: 56.9 ppg (16th in 5A)

Scoring defense: 55.7 ppg (12th in 5A)

Last state championship: 1993

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

Edward’s evaluation: With a third-place finish in Region 2, arguably the weakest region in 5A, it’s hard to imagine Viewmont advancing past the first round this year given its inconsistency throughout the season. Anything can happen in the late game of the state tournament though, and Viewmont and Northridge tip off at 9:10 p.m. at Weber State on Monday.

Weber Warriors (19-3)

2012-2013 Record

Coach: Mark Larsen (3rd year)

How qualified: First in Region 1 with 8-2 record.

Playoff opener: vs. West/Taylorsville, Monday, 11:10 a.m. (At Weber State)

Best preseason victory: A 61-59 win at Brighton on Dec. 14.

Most important region victory: A 66-59 win against Davis on Feb. 5.

Top contributors

#3 Hayden Schenck, Sr., Guard (26.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 6.0 apg, 3.6 spg)

#33 Garrett Beckey, Sr., Forward (8.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.0 spg)

#15 Jaren McKnight, Sr., Forward (8.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.7 spg)

#21 Jordan Jones, Sr., Center (7.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg)

#13 Mason Miles, Sr., Guard (6.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.0 spg)

Scoring offense: 64.7 ppg (6th in 5A)

Scoring defense: 55.1 ppg (7th in 5A)

Last state championship: 1971 (3A)

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Lone Peak in championship game.

Edward’s evaluation: After dropping back-to-back games to Davis and Syracuse in mid-January, it was easy for people to second-guess just how good Weber really was. It responded by winning seven straight games to clinch the Region 1 championship, and has to be considered the favorite to emerge out of the top half of the 5A state tournament bracket — particularly if big crowds show up to support the Warriors. Weber isn’t a deep team by any means, but point guard Hayden Schenck is the leading scorer in 5A and he can attack the basket as well as anyone in the state.

West Panthers (5-17)

2012-2013 Record

Coach: Mike Matheson (2nd year)

How qualified: Tied Taylorsville for fourth in Region 2 with 3-7, and has a play-in game at Hunter on Friday at 7 p.m.

Playoff opener: Taylorsville/West winner vs. Weber, Monday, 11:10 a.m. (At Weber State)

Best preseason victory: A 74-72 win at Skyline on Nov. 28.

Most important region victory: A 66-58 (OT) win at Taylorsville on Feb. 1.

Top contributors

#32 Denzel Latu, Sr., Guard (12.1 ppg, , 1.7 apg, 1.5 spg)

#13 Dallyn Kenner, So., Guard (10.2 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.1 spg)

#42 Holani Olive, Sr., Center (7.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg)

#34 Sunday Owda, Jr., Forward (6.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.1 spg)

#21 Austin Kenner, Sr., Guard (6.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.0 spg)

Scoring offense: 62.8 ppg (8th in 5A)

Scoring defense: 75.0 ppg (24th in 5A)

Last state championship: 2009 (4A)

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Does not qualify, loses to Taylorsville in Region 2 play-in game.

West Jordan Jaguars (6-16)

2012-2013 Record

Coach: Scott Briggs (14th year)

How qualified: Tied Copper Hills for fourth in Region 3 with 3-7 record, and will have a play-in game on Friday at Jordan High School at 7 p.m.

Playoff opener: West Jordan/Copper Hills winner vs. Lone Peak, Monday, 5:50 p.m. (At Weber State)

Best preseason victory: A 61-59 (OT) win against Herriman on Jan. 5 at Riverton.

Most important region victory: A 55-37 win against Copper Hills on Feb. 8.

Top contributors

#32 Parker Brown, Sr., Forward (14.6 ppg, 6.9 ppg, 2.1 apg, 1.2 spg)

#21 Brent Beales, Jr., Center (11.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.1 spg)

#11 Brayden Bennett, Sr., Guard (8.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.7 apg)

#33 Spencer Nisson, Jr., Center (8.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg)

#22 Brandon Morris, Sr., Forward (3.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg)

Scoring offense: 53.1 ppg (20th in 5A)

Scoring defense: 59.0 ppg (16th in 5A)

Last state championship: 2009

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