It's no secret who everyone is chasing in this year's 5A state tournament. Led by Shelby and Latisha Richards, defending state champion Riverton went a perfect 21-0 during the regular season and is the clear team to beat in this year's tourney.

Region 1 co-champions Layton and Fremont both believe they have what it takes to upset the 'Wolves, while Region 3 champion Brighton can't be overlooked either.

Even though the race for the championship is probably a three- or four-team race, there are numerous intriguing storylines in every round which should make for an exciting tournament.

Here’s a team-by-team look at what to expect from all 16 of these schools, one by one.

Alta Hawks (14-9)

Coach: Sean Yeager

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

Playoff opener: vs Taylorsville, Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. (at SLCC)

Best preseason victory: A 73-42 win against Lone Peak on Dec. 17

Most important region victory: A 58-55 win against Brighton on Jan. 21

Top contributors

#22 Mariah Martin, Fr., Guard (12.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.8 spg)

#13 Madyson Quigley, Sr., G/F (8.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.0 apg, 2.4 spg)

#11 Elsa Ferre, Jr., G/F (8.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.0 apg)

#23 Rachel McDonald, Jr., Forward (6.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.2 spg)

#5 Rachel Jenson, Sr., Guard (3.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.3 spg)

Scoring offense: 54.5 ppg (4th in 5A)

Scoring defense: 49.4 ppg (18th in 5A)

Last state championship: 2011

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

Phibbs’ Prognostications: Behind its first-year coach, Alta is still trying to find consistency. The Hawks have won nine of their last 12 outings, but strangely all three losses were by double digits. This team certainly has the talent to make a deep postseason run if it can maintain rhythm.

American Fork Cavemen (12-11)

Coach: Corey Clayton

How qualified: Tied for third in Region 4 with 6-6 record

Playoff opener: vs. Layton, Tuesday, 12:45 p.m. (at SLCC)

Best preseason victory: A 48-44 win against Syracuse on Dec. 17

Most important region victory: A 68-54 win against Lehi on Feb. 20

Top contributors

#13 Taylor Moeaki, Fr., Guard (11.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.7 apg, 2.3 spg)

#22 Jenna Shepherd, So., Guard (9.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.6 apg, 2.9 spg)

#44 Maile Richardson, Jr., Forward (6.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.0 spg)

#41 Taylor Franson, Fr., Forward (3.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg)

#21 Lexi Moeaki, Jr., Forward (3.1 ppg, 1.9 rpg)

Scoring offense: 45.1 ppg (15th in 5A)

Scoring defense: 42.8 ppg (6th in 5A)

Last state championship: 2009

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

Phibbs’ Prognostications: American Fork lost several key contributors to graduation, and resultantly has been looking for its identity for the majority of the season, which is evident by its strength on defense rather than offense. The effort is certainly there.

Bingham Miners (12-8)

Coach: Charron Mason

How qualified: Fourth in Region 3 with 4-6 record

Playoff opener: vs. Granger, Tuesday, 5:45 p.m. (at SLCC)

Best preseason victory: A 65-56 win against Syracuse on Dec. 12

Most important region victory: A 54-23 win against Jordan on Feb. 11

Top contributors

#32 Sheradyn Parker, Sr., Forward (10.3 ppg)

#10 Madison Loftus, So., Guard (10.2 ppg)

#12 Jade Sine, Fr., Guard (7.1 ppg)

#33 Leya Harvey, So., Forward (5.8 ppg)

#35 Holly Sorensen, Sr., Forward (4.9 ppg)

Scoring offense: 48.6 ppg (10th in 5A)

Scoring defense: 43.6 ppg (8th in 5A)

Last state championship: 2007

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

Phibbs’ Prognostications: The Miners have been sporadic throughout the entire season under new leadership, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t capable of pulling off an upset or two in the playoffs.

Brighton Bengals (14-7)

Coach: Jim Gresh

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

Playoff opener: vs. Hunter, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. (at SLCC)

Best preseason victory: A 55-48 win over Layton on Dec. 3

Most important region victory: A 57-48 win against Alta on Feb. 11

Top contributors

#23 Lindsey Johnson, Jr., Guard (10.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.6 spg)

#30 Maddie Chin, Sr., Forward (9.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.8 apg)

#12 McCall Christensen, Jr., Forward (8.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.9 spg)

#11 Alyssa Hirschi, Jr., Forward (8.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.7 spg)

#22 Dani Barton, Fr., Guard (5.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg)

Scoring offense: 53 ppg (5th in 5A)

Scoring defense: 43.5 ppg (7th in 5A)

Last state championship: 2004

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

Phibbs’ Prognostications: After an unexpected six-game losing streak in the early portion of the season, Brighton switched sails in the positive direction once region play started. The success is attributed to its athletic roster, which could prove to be a difficult out in the postseason.

Copper Hills Grizzlies (14-7)

Coach: Ben Morley

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

Playoff opener: vs. Cottonwood, Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. (at SLCC)

Best preseason victory: A 50-39 win against Lone Peak on Dec. 11

Most important region victory: A 63-44 win against Alta on Feb. 13

Top contributors

#35 Shirten Wissinger, So., Guard (12.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.7 spg)

#40 Savannah Sandberg, Sr. (9.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.9 spg)

#23 Sarah Midgley, Sr., Guard (9.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.4 spg)

#13 Kate Sisler, Fr., Guard (7.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.7 spg)

#10 Sydney May, Jr., Guard (5.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.9 spg)

Scoring offense: 56.3 ppg (3rd in 5A)

Scoring defense: 47.6 ppg (15th in 5A)

Last state championship: None

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

Phibbs’ Prognostications: Copper Hills is capable of exchanging basket for basket with anyone in the state. The Grizzlies’ backcourt is extremely accurate from the perimeter, and their post presence is a continuous threat to score on the block or at the free-throw line. The only problem is getting stops defensively.

Cottonwood Colts (13-7)

Coach: Janae Hirschi

How qualified: Tied for first in Region 2 with 8-2 record

Playoff opener: vs. Copper Hills, Tuesday, 2:30 p.m. (at SLCC)

Best preseason victory: A 37-24 win against Highland on Dec. 5

Most important region victory: A 48-27 win against Granger on Feb. 4

Top contributors

#23 Andrea Brady, Jr., Forward (11.9 ppg)

#12 Nicole Kristensen, Jr., Guard (7.8 ppg)

#15 Sierra West, Sr., Guard (7.1 ppg)

#2 Sydney Davis, Sr., Guard (2.7 ppg)

#3 Fifi Hosea, Sr., Guard (2.6 ppg)

Scoring offense: 41.1 ppg (22nd in 5A)

Scoring defense: 39.9 ppg (4th in 5A)

Last state championship: None

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

Phibbs’ Prognostications: Cottonwood played particularly well in region despite its 5-5 nonregion record. The Colts are extremely sound defensively, which is beneficial considering their first-round matchup against Copper Hills. If the Colts can routinely get stops they could be difficult to beat.

Davis Darts (10-11)

Coach: Anne Jones

How qualified: Third in Region 1 with 6-6 record

Playoff opener: vs. Lone Peak, Tuesday, 9:15 p.m. (at SLCC)

Best preseason victory: A 52-49 win against Bingham on Dec. 3

Most important region victory: A 39-38 win against Viewmont on Feb. 14

Top contributors

#20 Sarah Beecher, Sr., Guard (10.7 ppg)

#31 McKenzie Day, Jr., Forward (9.5 ppg)

#4 Kayley Neilson, Jr., Guard (9.0 ppg)

#11 McKinley Ottersen, So., Center (4.9 ppg)

#23 Meaghan David, Jr., G/F (4.7 ppg)

Scoring offense: 42.9 ppg (19th in 5A)

Scoring defense: 44.4 ppg (10th in 5A)

Last state championship: 1976

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

Phibbs’ Prognostications: Another Region 1 program that is very capable of pulling off a first-round upset with three players averaging near double-figure scoring every night. The Darts have really struggled offensively, but if they can string together a few buckets they could see the next round.

Fremont Silver Wolves (19-2)

Coach: Lisa Dalebout

How qualified: Tied for first in Region 1 with 11-1 record

Playoff opener: vs. Lehi, Tuesday, 4:10 p.m. (at SLCC)

Best preseason victory: A 64-36 win against Copper Hills on Dec. 5

Most important region victory: A 73-62 win against Lone Peak on Feb. 18

Top contributors

#10 Shelbee Molen, Jr., Guard (17.3 ppg)

#22 Amanda Wayment, Sr., Center (14.9 ppg)

#11 Sydnee Ward, Sr., Guard (6.7 ppg)

#14 Harley Hansen, So., Guard (6.6 ppg)

#24 Kealani Sagupolu, Sr., Forward (6.5 ppg)

Scoring offense: 62.5 ppg (1st in 5A)

Scoring defense: 37.5 ppg (3rd in 5A)

Last state championship: None

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

Phibbs’ Prognostications: Fremont was the Cinderella story in the 2013 playoffs as the No. 4 seed that nearly reached the state championship behind a group of underclassmen and its enthusiastic coach. Now, one year removed, everything has changed. The group remained intact and is looking to switch its glass slipper for a state crown.

Granger Lancers (16-5)

Coach: Aaron Cousins

How qualified: Tied for first in Region 2 with 8-2 record

Playoff opener: vs. Bingham, Tuesday, 5:50 p.m. (at SLCC)

Best preseason victory: A 60-55 (OT) win against Box Elder on Dec. 19

Most important region victory: A 49-44 win against Cottonwood on Jan. 17

Top contributors

#1 Jessica Matheson, Jr. (18.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 5.4 apg, 4.1 spg)

#5 Melisa Kadic, So. (12.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.5 spg)

#50 Kelsie Morandy, Sr. (6.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg)

#3 Summer Judd, Sr. (4.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.1 apg, 2.6 spg)

#42 Lose Fonua, Jr. (4.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.0 spg)

Scoring offense: 52.6 ppg (6th in 5A)

Scoring defense: 46.8 ppg (14th in 5A)

Last state championship: None

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

Phibbs’ Prognostications: Granger enjoyed its first 15-win season in school history with the assistance of its consistent, balanced scoring attack, which ranked sixth in the 5A classification in points per game. However, it drew the short end in the first round with a matchup against powerhouse Bingham. Potential upset is on official notice.

Hunter Wolverines (8-14)

Coach: Chelsea Robinson

How qualified: Tie for fourth in Region 2 with 3-7 record

Playoff opener: vs. Brighton, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. (at SLCC)

Best preseason victory: A 49-43 win against Kearns on Nov. 26

Most important region victory: A 52-43 win against West on Feb. 18

Top contributors

#14 Tess Matagi, Sr. (9.7 ppg)

#15 Jennifer Burnham, So., Guard (9.6 ppg)

#50 Kimauri Toia, So. (8.5 ppg)

#23 Shelby Kranendonk, Jr. (4.6 ppg)

#10 Keala Rosalez, Sr. (4.3 ppg)

Scoring offense: 42.2 ppg (20th in 5A)

Scoring defense: 46.2 ppg (11th in 5A)

Last state championship: None

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

Phibbs’ Prognostications: Hunter will have an extremely difficult time getting past Brighton, but if it has any shot it has to focus on its strength on the defensive end of the floor.

Layton Lancers (19-2)

Coach: Van Price

How qualified: Tied for first in Region 1 with 11-1 record

Playoff opener: vs. American Fork, Tuesday, 12:50 p.m. (at SLCC)

Best preseason victory: A 66-46 win against Alta on Dec. 13

Most important region victory: A 41-33 win against Fremont on Feb. 11

Top contributors

#32 Jaden Anderson, Sr., Forward (13.1 ppg)

#24 Maddi Smith, Sr., Guard (11 ppg)

#15 Taylor Moore, Sr., Guard (6.8 ppg)

#2 Cassidy Anderson, Sr., Guard (6.1 ppg)

#12 Hailey Bassett, So., Forward (4.9 ppg)

Scoring offense: 51.9 ppg (8th in 5A)

Scoring defense: 35.9 ppg (2nd in 5A)

Last state championship: 2005

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

Phibbs’ Prognostications: Layton is another team guided by its seniors. Those girls experienced a deep run to the 2013 title game highlighted by an upset victory over undefeated Bingham in the semifinals. Ironically, to return to the state championship, it’ll likely have to upend another undefeated team (Riverton) in the semifinals this season. The Lancers have won eight straight outings, including a massive region win against Fremont on their home floor.

Lehi Pioneers (9-11)

Coach: Brett Hays

How qualified: Tied for third in Region 4 with 6-6 record

Playoff opener: vs. Fremont, Tuesday, 4:15 p.m. (at SLCC)

Best preseason victory: A 71-66 (OT) win against West on Dec. 13

Most important region victory: A 52-44 win against Herriman on Feb. 13

Top contributors

#4 Kaylie Bartholomew, Sr., Guard (12.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg)

#32 Beth Beeston, Sr., G/F (9.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg)

#11 Tyra Rodriguez, Sr., Guard (6.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.1 spg)

#0 Faitotoa Faleao, Jr., Forward (6.8 ppg, 7.4 rpg)

#44 Terra Tahbo, Jr., Forward (6.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.1 spg)

Scoring offense: 51.4 ppg (9th in 5A)

Scoring defense: 53.6 ppg (26th in 5A)

Last state championship: 1980

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

Phibbs’ Prognostications: Lehi’s difficulties are simple to address: defense, defense, defense. The Pioneers are coughing up the highest per game average in the entire classification.

Lone Peak Knights (12-8)

Coach: Nancy Warner

How qualified: Second in Region 4 with 8-4 record

Playoff opener: vs. Davis, Tuesday, 9:15 p.m. (at SLCC)

Best preseason victory: A 47-44 win against Granger on Dec. 20

Most important region victory: A 48-45 (OT) win against American Fork on Feb. 6

Top contributors

#22 Kelsey McCann, Jr., Guard (18.5 ppg)

#31 Sam Barnett, Jr., Forward (8.9 ppg)

#15 Aubrey Wilson, Jr., Guard (8.4 ppg)

#14 Rachael Asay, Sr., Guard (4.3 ppg)

#25 Abi Johnsen, Sr., Guard (3.1 ppg)

Scoring offense: 47.7 ppg (11th in 5A)

Scoring defense: 48.7 ppg (16th in 5A)

Last state championship: 1999

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

Phibbs’ Prognostications: Another program entering the postseason with a new coach, Lone Peak certainly improved during region play. The Knights are led primarily by their backcourt in the scoring department.

Riverton Silverwolves (21-0)

Coach: Ron Ence

How qualified: First in Region 4 with 12-0 record

Playoff opener: vs. Viewmont, Tuesday, 11:15 a.m. (at SLCC)

Best preseason victory: A 64-36 win against Copper Hills on Dec. 5

Most important region victory: A 73-62 win against Lone Peak on Feb. 18

Top contributors

#24 Shelby Richards, Sr., Guard (14.3 ppg)

#32 Latisha Richards, Sr., Guard (8.9 ppg)

#3 Mallory Bostic, Sr., Guard (5.3 ppg)

#15 Jordan Landis, Sr., Forward (4.9 ppg)

#5 Kirsten Spencer, Jr. Guard (4.6 ppg)

Scoring offense: 58.2 ppg (2nd in 5A)

Scoring defense: 35.1 ppg (1st in 5A)

Last state championship: 2013

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

Phibbs’ Prognostications: The defending champions escaped the regular season unblemished behind a senior-laden roster. Riverton is very balanced, but particularly elite on the defensive end, which it displayed during its championship run last season. There are several contenders in 5A this season, and obviously the ‘Wolves are one of them.

Taylorsville Warriors (11-10)

Coach: Vicki Bohney

How qualified: Third in Region 2 with 7-3 record

Playoff opener: vs. Alta, Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. (at SLCC)

Best preseason victory: A 49-37 win against Pleasant Grove on Dec. 17

Most important region victory: A 53-37 win against Cottonwood on Feb. 14

Top contributors

#22 Mattie Evensen, Sr., Center (11.9 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 1.2 spg)

#10 Kaitlin Toluono, So., G/F (11.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.2 apg, 2.4 spg)

#13 Tasha Debenedictis, Sr., Guard (4.7 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.4 spg)

#32 Whitney Olson, Jr., F/C (4.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.5 apg)

#3 Cami Toeun, So., Guard (3.8 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.1 spg)

Scoring offense: 45.9 ppg (13th in 5A)

Scoring defense: 41.5 ppg (5th in 5A)

Last state championship: 1989

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

Phibbs’ Prognostications: Taylorsville is led by one of the premier post players in the classification, Mattie Evensen, who is averaging a double-double every night on the floor. If teams allocate extra attention on stopping her on the block, and her teammates can hit open shots, the Warriors could surprise in the playoffs.

Viewmont Vikings (12-10)

Coach: Clint Straatman

How qualified: Tied for fourth in Region 1 with 5-7 record

Playoff opener: vs. Riverton, Tuesday, 11:15 a.m. (at SLCC)

Best preseason victory: A 83-78 (3OT) win against Brighton on Dec. 11

Most important region victory: A 69-49 win against Syracuse on Feb. 21

Top contributors

#12 Caitlyn Larsen, Sr., Guard (18.4 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 3.6 apg, 4.0 spg)

#31 Katie Toole, Jr., Guard (15.1 ppg, 6.5 ppg, 2.9 apg, 2.4 spg)

#4 Collette West, Sr., Guard (6.4 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.5 apg, 2.4 spg)

#24 Kauri Tye, Sr., Forward (4.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.6 spg)

#32 Caroline Brown, Jr., Guard (2.6 ppg)

Scoring offense: 52.3 ppg (7th in 5A)

Scoring defense: 46.5 ppg (13th in 5A)

Last state championship: 1980

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

Phibbs’ Prognostications: The fact that Viewmont needed an extra game to earn an invitation to the tournament is an indication of exactly how strong Region 1 really is. The Vikings are equipped with athletes, specifically Caitlyn Larsen, who is one of the top players in the classification. Tough draw against Riverton, but don’t expect Viewmont to go down without a fight.