4A boys basketball state tournament capsules

Published: Saturday, Feb. 25 2012 10:21 p.m. MST

Orem High School defeats Provo High School 82-65 in boy's basketball Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, in Orem, Utah.

Tom Smart, Deseret News

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Heading into the 4A state tournament, two teams have separated themselves from the pack and are the clear favorites. No. 1 Orem and No. 2 Bountiful, however, are on the same side of the bracket and would meet in the semifinals. The other side of the bracket is wide open, with many of the teams eying a potential run to the title game.

Here’s a team-by-team look at all 14 teams already qualified for the state tournament and four who are fighting still to get in:

Bonneville Lakers (10-11)

Coach: Jason Finder

How qualified: Hasn’t qualified yet. Finished in a fourth-place tie in Region 5 with Box Elder at 4-6, and will have a play-in game on Friday night.

Playoff opener: Box Elder/Bonneville winner vs. Olympus, Monday, 12:50 p.m. (At Maverik Center)

Best preseason victory: A 66-63 win against Woods Cross on Dec. 6.

Best region victory: A 67-59 win against Mountain Crest on Jan. 27.

Top contributors

#12 Quinton Larson, Sr., Forward (16.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 0.8 apg, 1.2 spg)

#15 Jake Hutchins, Sr., Guard (8.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 0.3 apg, 0.6 spg)

#22 Beck Nelson, Sr., Guard (7.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.0 apg, 2.5 spg)

#0 Braxton Buckway, Sr., Guard (5.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.1 apg, 0.9 spg)

#35 Brady Borkland, Sr., Center (4.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 0.4 apg, 0.2 spg)

Scoring offense: 51.9 ppg (17th in 4A)

Scoring defense: 54.0 ppg (17th in 4A)

Last state championship: 1987

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Fails to qualify with loss to Box Elder in play-in game.

Edward’s evaluation: After starting region 3-1, this team has dropped five of six and it will be tough to recapture momentum for the play-in game.

Box Eder Bees (7-14)

Coach: Keith Mecham

How qualified: Hasn’t qualified yet. Finished in a fourth-place tie in Region 5 with Bonneville, and will have a play-in game on Friday night.

Playoff opener: Box Elder/Bonneville winner vs. Olympus, Monday, 12:50 p.m. (At Maverik Center)

Best preseason victory: A 72-61 win against Ogden on Nov. 22.

Best region victory: A 53-51 win against Mountain Crest on Jan. 25.

Top contributors

#1 Shad Watson, So., Guard (20.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.2 apg, 2.1 spg)

#12 Kolby Quayle, Sr., Guard (10.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.3 spg)

#32 Trevor Cobbley, Sr., Forward (8.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.4 apg, 0.8 spg)

#33 Steven Didericksen, Sr., Center (5.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 0.5 apg, 0.4 spg)

#24 Josh Jenks, Sr., Guard (4.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.0 spg)

Scoring offense: 59.1 ppg (4th in 4A)

Scoring defense: 61.0 ppg (25th in 4A)

Last state championship: None

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

Edward’s evaluation: Momentum from Wednesday’s big win over Roy should carry the Bees into the 4A playoffs, but after that it will likely be a quick exit against rested Region 7 champion Olympus.

Bountiful Braves (18-2)

Coach: Mike Maxwell

How qualified: Finished first in Region 6 with a 10-0 record.

Playoff opener: vs. Timpview, Monday, 7:30 p.m. (At Maverik Center)

Best preseason victory: A 57-42 win against Northridge on Nov. 22.

Best region victory: A 47-27 win at Highland on Jan. 31.

Top contributors

#31 Brock Yates, Sr., Center (13.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.5 apg, 0.7 spg)

#10 Brit Harding, Sr., Guard (12.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.3 spg)

#21 Dain Murdock, Sr., Guard (8.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2.0 spg)

#11/5 Sam Merrill, So., Guard (6.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.2 spg)

#1 Zach Seljaas, Fr., Guard (5.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.2 apg, 0.5 spg)

Scoring offense: 59.0 ppg (5th in 4A)

Scoring defense: 44.2 ppg (1st in 4A)

Last state championship: 1997 (5A)

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Win over Mountain Crest in championship.

Edward’s evaluation: Outside of two blips on the radar, Bountiful has clearly been the second best team in 4A this year. It heads into the playoffs on a 12-game winning streak, and defensively it seems to be getting better and better each week. The Braves are athletic and long at nearly every position, and this bunch unheralded players with virtually no tournament experience might be the group that finally stops the school’s 14-year title drought.

East Leopards (12-9)

Coach: Skip Lowe

How qualified: Finished in a three-way tie for second in Region 6 with a 6-4 record. After a three-way coin flip, East earned No. 2 seed, followed by Highland and then Woods Cross.

Playoff opener: vs. Springville, Monday, 2:30 p.m. (At Maverik Center)

Best preseason victory: A 58-47 win at Herriman on Jan. 3.

Best region victory: A 74-69 (OT) win at Highland on Jan. 27.

Top contributors

#5 Parker Van Dyke, Jr., Guard (24.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.5 spg)

#50 Arik Mawien, Sr., Center (9.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 0.7 apg, 0.7 spg)

#24 Rique Regalado, Sr., Guard (5.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 0.5 apg, 0.6 spg)

#23 John Fakahafua, Jr., Forward (5.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.1 spg)

#2 Liti Molisi, Sr., Guard (4.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.4 spg)

Scoring offense: 58.2 ppg (6th in 4A)

Scoring defense: 56.5 ppg (20th in 4A)

Last state championship: 1981

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

Edward’s evaluation: It’s been quite a while since East was part of the state tournament conversation, and Parker Van Dyke is a big reason why. He’s a great scorer who the Leopards lean on heavily. Some of the better defensive teams in 4A have figured out how to slow him down this season, and some of his teammates need to pick up the scoring slack if the Leopards are going to be successful.

Herriman Mustangs (12-8)

Coach: Brad Tingey

How qualified: Finished tied for second in Region 7 with Skyline with a 7-3 record, but swept the season series with Skyline to clinch No. 2 seed.

Playoff opener: vs. Logan, Monday, 9:10 p.m. (At Maverik Center)

Best preseason victory: A 64-59 win at Bingham on Dec. 13.

Best region victory: A 56-44 win at Olympus on Feb. 10.

Top contributors

#10 Tanner McKissick, Sr., Guard (13.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.9 apg, 0.5 spg)

#33 Jaden Rasmussen, Sr., Forward (10.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.2 apg, 0.8 spg)

#21 Brady Beard, Sr., Guard (10.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.7 apg, 2.7 spg)

#24 Tueni Lupeamanu, Jr., Forward (8.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.4 spg)

#32 Kyle Sanford, Sr., Forward (3.5 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.1 spg)

Scoring offense: 52.7 ppg (14th in 4A)

Scoring defense: 50.8 ppg (8th in 4A)

Last state championship: None

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

Edward’s evaluation: With region victories over both Olympus and Skyline in the past two weeks, this senior-laden bunch of Mustangs is starting to figure out how to win games and is an intriguing team heading into the playoffs. Herriman is a middle-of-the-pack scoring team in 4A, but against high-scoring Logan in the first round, it will need to find a way to be more efficient offensively.

Highland Rams (13-8)

Coach: Keith West

How qualified: Finished in a three-way tie for second in Region 6 with a 6-4 record. After a three-way coin flip, East earned No. 2 seed, followed by Highland and then Woods Cross.

Playoff opener: vs. Provo, Monday, 9:30 a.m. (At Maverik Center)

Best preseason victory: A 41-38 win against Olympus on Dec. 13.

Best region victory: An 81-42 win at Woods Cross on Jan. 20.

Top contributors

#22 Liam Thomas, Sr., Guard (12.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.2 spg)

#2 David Divver, Jr., Guard (11.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.5 spg)

#10 Max Bradshaw, Sr., Center (8.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.0 apg, 0.3 spg)

#15 Todd Connolly, Jr., Forward (5.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.1 spg)

#12 Lennon Betonney, Sr., Guard (5.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 0.8 apg, 1.3 spg)

Scoring offense: 52.9 ppg (13th in 4A)

Scoring defense: 45.3 ppg (2nd in 4A)

Last state championship: 2011

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

Edward’s evaluation: The defending state champs really struggled with consistency in region play this year, splitting with East and Woods Cross and then battling Bountiful tough in one meeting and then getting blown out in another. Stingy defense won the Rams the title last year, and if they have any hope of pulling off a few upsets in the state tournament that defense will need to be outstanding again.

Hillcrest Huskies (10-11)

Coach: Sam Richins

How qualified: Finished fourth in Region 7 with a 5-5 record.

Playoff opener: vs. Mountain Crest, Monday, 11:10 a.m. (At Maverik Center)

Best preseason victory: A 53-50 (OT) win at Highland on Dec. 6.

Best region victory: A 49-48 (OT) win against Herriman on Feb. 17.

Top contributors

#33 Austin Adams, Sr., Forward (15.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.9 apg, 0.7 spg)

#32 Tanner Dastrup, Sr., Forward (12.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 0.8 apg, 0.6 spg)

#22 Alex Moss, Sr., Guard (8.0 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 1.1 apg, 0.7 spg)

#11 Hunter Adams, Sr., Guard (6.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 0.8 apg, 2.0 spg)

#10 Ben Katzenback, Sr., Guard (5.6 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 0.5 apg, 0.5 spg)

Scoring offense: 55.6 ppg (11th in 4A)

Scoring defense: 57.2 ppg (23rd in 4A)

Last state championship: 1980

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

Edward’s evaluation: The move to 4A was great for this program as it has struggled the past few years in 5A. Hillcrest heads into the playoffs with a bit of momentum on a three-game winning streak, which included an overtime win against Herriman. However, with two double-digit losses to both Olympus and Skyline in region play this year, it hasn’t proven it can compete with some of 4A’s better teams lately.

Logan Grizzlies (16-5)

Coach: Logan Brown

How qualified: Finished in a first-place tie in Region 5 with Sky View and Mountain Crest at 7-3, but after the region tiebreaker procedure it heads into playoffs as No. 3 seed.

Playoff opener: vs. Herriman, Monday, 9:10 p.m. (At Maverik Center)

Best preseason victory: A 53-43 win at Dixie on Dec. 10.

Best region victory: A 77-76 win against Sky View on Jan. 25.

Top contributors

#33 Russell Murphy, Sr., Guard (16.1 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 0.6 apg, 0.8 spg)

#23 Luke Falk, Jr., Guard (10.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 0.7 apg, 1.0 spg)

#25 Dallin Dahl, Jr., Guard (9.8 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.8 apg, 0.7 spg)

#21 Johnny Luke, Sr., Guard (6.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.5 apg, 3.8 spg)

#2 Jordan Larsen, Jr., Guard (6.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.2 spg)

Scoring offense: 63.8 ppg (1st in 4A)

Scoring defense: 57.1 ppg (22nd in 4A)

Last state championship: None

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

Edward’s evaluation: A lot of teams in 4A like to slow it down, but not the Grizzlies. They like to push the tempo and get the game into the 60s. When they do, they usually win. On the bigger stage of the state tournament though, possessions are always at a higher premium, and Logan will need to try and get defensive stops more consistently of it hopes to win a game or two.

Mountain Crest Mustangs (13-7)

Coach: Braydon Buchmiller

How qualified: Finished in a first-place tie in Region 5 with Sky View and Logan at 7-3, but after the region tiebreaker procedure it heads into playoffs as No. 1 seed.

Playoff opener: vs. Hillcrest, Monday, 11:10 a.m. (At Maverik Center)

Best preseason victory: A 55-49 win against Weber on Dec. 16

Best region victory: A 48-35 win at Sky View on Feb. 22.

Top contributors

#0 Tyler Crosbie, Jr., Guard (14.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.4 apg, 4.2 spg)

#10 Famafili Laulu Pututau, Jr., Forward (13.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.7 apg, 2.0 spg)

#23 Justin Petersen, Sr., Guard (7.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 0.7 apg, 0.5 spg)

#5 Eddy Hall, Jr., Guard (6.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.4 spg)

#21 Cody Perkes, Sr., Guard (3.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 0.5 apg, 0.6 spg)

Scoring offense: 53.5 ppg (12th in 4A)

Scoring defense: 48.3 ppg (5th in 4A)

Last state championship: None

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

Edward’s evaluation: Of the past four years this program has alternated been a deep run in the playoffs and then a first-round exit. It’s time in the rotation for another deep run. This team flew under the radar a bit after three early preseason losses and then three early losses in region. However, the younger Mustangs seem to have figured things out and they head into the playoffs on a five-game winning streak and into a favorable bracket.

Mountain View Bruins (9-12)

Coach: Andrew Blanchard

How qualified: Finished fifth in Region 8 with a 6-8 record.

Playoff opener: at Woods Cross, Friday, 7 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 54-53 win against Kearns on Dec. 29.

Best region victory: A 46-39 win against Timpview on Jan. 6.

Top contributors

#32 Brenden Abbott, Sr., Forward (13.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.4 spg)

#3 Kalin Curran, Jr., Guard (13.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.0 spg)

#21 Dylan Young, Sr., Center (8.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 0.6 apg, 0.7 spg)

#2 Jantzen Adams, Sr., Guard (6.1 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.1 spg)

#5 Austin Kocherhans, Jr., Forward (2.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 0.5 apg, 0.7 spg)

Scoring offense: 49.2 ppg (22nd in 4A)

Scoring defense: 53.1 ppg (14th in 4A)

Last state championship: 1999 (5A)

Prep editor James Edward’s bracket: Loss to Woods Cross in play-in game.

Edward’s evaluation: The Bruins didn’t beat any of the other four Region 8 playoff teams this year, and will have a hard time winning at a quality Woods Cross team tonight.

Olympus Titans (15-6)

Coach: Matt Barnes

How qualified: Finished first in Region 7 with an 8-2 record.

Playoff opener: vs. Box Elder/Bonneville winner, Monday, 12:50 p.m. (At Maverik Center)

Best preseason victory: A 60-57 win against Bountiful on Dec. 30.

Best region victory: A 54-45 win at Skyline on Feb. 17.

Top contributors

#30 Will Cannon, Sr., Forward (15.8 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.7 spg)

#44 Parker Rawlings, Sr., Center (8.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.3 apg, 0.6 spg)

#10 Nick Barney, Sr., Guard (7.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.6 spg)

#33 Jackson Coleman, Guard (5.9 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.4 apg, 0.4 spg)

#12 Jake Bengtzen, Sr., Guard (5.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.1 spg)

Scoring offense: 58.0 ppg (7th in 4A)

Scoring defense: 51.9 ppg (9th in 4A)

Last state championship: None

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

Edward’s evaluation: This team doesn’t live and die by the 3-pointer like some past Olympus teams, and that’s a good thing heading into the Maverik Center where historically nobody shoots well. Olympus is a much more balanced team this year, and it will need to pound the ball inside to its two post players if it hopes to march through the tournament.

Orem Tigers (20-1)

Coach: Golden Holt

How qualified: Finished first in Region 8 with a 14-0 record.

Playoff opener: vs. Woods Cross/Mountain View winner, Monday, 5:50 p.m. (At Maverik Center)

Best preseason victory: A 57-51 win against Lone Peak on Dec. 16.

Best region victory: A 60-49 win at Provo on Jan. 6.

Top contributors

#2 Zach Hunsaker, Jr., Guard (13.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.3 apg, 0.9 spg)

#33 Dalton Nixon, So., Forward (12.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.6 apg, 0.7 spg)

#10 Jordan Darger, Jr., Forward (12.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 0.6 apg, 0.5 spg)

#22 Josh Pollard, Sr., Guard (9.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.8 spg)

#3 Quinn Peters, So., Guard (5.5 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 0.9 apg, 1.0 spg)

Scoring offense: 63.3 ppg (2nd in 4A)

Scoring defense: 52.2 ppg (11th in 4A)

Last state championship: None

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

Edward’s evaluation: With a 20-win regular season, this team is unquestionably the team to beat in the 4A tournament this year. Its only loss this year was to West Jordan, and that came on the heels of beating defending 5A champ Lone Peak. The Tigers don’t blow a lot of teams out, with five of their 14 region wins were decided by five points or less or in overtime, but nobody knows how to close games down the stretch better than they do.

Provo Bulldogs (12-9)

Coach: Craig Drury

How qualified: Finished second in Region 8 with a 10-4 record.

Playoff opener: vs. Highland, Monday, 9:30 a.m. (At Maverik Center)

Best preseason victory: A 49-36 win against Westlake on Dec. 2.

Best region victory: A 52-50 win against Timpview on Jan. 27.

Top contributors

#11 Dallin Bosco, Jr., Guard (12.0 ppg)

#2 Adam Finch, Jr., Guard (8.3 ppg)

#32 Cole Gordon, Jr., Forward (7.2 ppg)

#41 Jonny Flake, Sr., Forward (6.6 ppg)

#21 Wesley Bosco, So., Guard (4.5 ppg)

Scoring offense: 51.6 ppg (18th in 4A)

Scoring defense: 49.7 ppg (7th in 4A)

Last state championship: 2008

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

Edward’s evaluation: Back in the tournament after a one-year hiatus, it’s not surprising that this Provo team wins with defense. With that said, the defense really struggled in two games against No. 1 Orem and the Bulldogs are entering the playoffs on a two-game losing streak, which doesn’t bode well.

Sky View Bobcats (16-5)

Coach: Kirk Hillyard

How qualified: Finished in a first-place tie in Region 5 with Logan and Mountain Crest at 7-3, but after the region tiebreaker procedure it heads into playoffs as No. 2 seed.

Playoff opener: vs. Skyline, Monday, 4:10 p.m. (At Maverik Center)

Best preseason victory: A 47-44 win at Northridge on Nov. 29.

Best region victory: A 62-52 (OT) win at Mountain Crest on Feb. 1.

Top contributors

#14 Jalen Moore, Jr., Forward (15.2 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.1 spg)

#32 Casey Oliverson, Sr., Forward (14.4 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 0.8 apg, 0.6 spg)

#10 Riley Knowles, Sr., Guard (9.6 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.3 spg)

#12 Ty Nielsen, Jr., Guard (9.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.4 spg)

#13 Michael Berentzen, Sr., Guard (2.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.1 apg, 0.9 spg)

Scoring offense: 59.3 ppg (3rd in 4A)

Scoring defense: 48.2 ppg (4th in 4A)

Last state championship: 1994

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

Edward’s evaluation: Expectations were very high for this team entering the season, but they’ve been tempered a bit heading into the playoffs after a surprising 7-3 record in Region 5. A 13-point loss to Mountain Crest in the regular season finale dropped the Bobcats into a No. 2 seed, and now they’re staring at the likelihood of a quarterfinal showdown with Orem. That’s even if they can get out of the first round.

Skyline Eagles (15-6)

Coach: Derek Bunting

How qualified: Finished tied for second in Region 7 with Herriman with a 7-3 record, but got swept by Herriman and heads into the playoffs as the No. 3 seed.

Playoff opener: vs. Sky View, Monday, 4:10 p.m. (At Maverik Center)

Best preseason victory: A 49-46 (OT) win at Cedar on Dec. 30.

Best region victory: A 59-52 win at Olympus on Jan. 27.

Top contributors

#1 DeSean Miller, Sr., Guard (13.2 ppg)

#5 Garrett England, Jr., Forward (10.4 ppg)

#3 Clint Berhow, Sr., Forward (7.2 ppg)

#33 Mike Staes, Sr., Forward (6.1 ppg)

#12 Scott Anderson, Sr., Guard (5.1 ppg)

Scoring offense: 50.3 ppg (21st in 4A)

Scoring defense: 47.6 ppg (3rd in 4A)

Last state championship: 1977

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

Edward’s evaluation: Was a victory away from earning a share of the Region 7 title, but losing to Herriman in the regular season finale dropped the Eagles to the No. 3 seed. Skyline was looking like a legitimate 4A contender when it won at Olympus back in late January, but the offensive production hasn’t been the same since. Defensively though, it’s still one of the best teams in 4A, one when you do that in the playoffs you’ve always got a chance.

Springville Red Devils (15-6)

Coach: Chris Kitchen

How qualified: Finished third in Region 8 with a 9-5 record.

Playoff opener: vs. East, Monday, 2:30 p.m. (At Maverik Center)

Best preseason victory: A 51-45 win against Payson on Dec. 16.

Best region victory: A 75-74 (5OT) win at Timpview on Jan. 24.

Top contributors

#20 Nathan Israelsen, Sr., Forward (16.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.8 spg)

#14 Bradley Kitchen, Jr., Guard (9.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.5 spg)

#21 Max Schreiner, So., Forward (7.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 0.7 apg, 0.5 spg)

#5 McKay Murphy, Sr., Guard (7.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.3 apg, 0.4 spg)

#3 Parker Brady, Sr., Guard (6.8 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.0 spg)

Scoring offense: 56.0 ppg (9th in 4A)

Scoring defense: 49.0 ppg (6th in 4A)

Last state championship: 1958

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

Edward’s evaluation: Has the potential to be a true sleeper team in the playoffs. The Red Devils’ resume isn’t all that glossy based on quality preseason wins, but they’ve been in just about every game this year, including both losses to Orem. One of those losses was in overtime, when a missed free throws could’ve iced the game.

Timpview T-Birds (12-9)

Coach: Perry Wildeboer

How qualified: Finished fourth in Region 8 with a 7-7 record.

Playoff opener: vs. Bountiful, Monday, 7:30 p.m. (At Maverik Center)

Best preseason victory: A 56-55 (OT) win against Desert Hills at Dixie State College on Dec. 20.

Best region victory: A 50-43 (OT) win at Provo on Feb. 21.

Top contributors

#20 Rickey Shumway, Sr., Guard (10.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.9 spg)

#21 Taylor Roy, Jr., Forward (10.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.8 apg, 0.4 spg)

#23 Dax Raymond, Jr., Forward (8.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 0.9 apg, 0.7 spg)

#33 Leo Roese, Jr., Guard (6.9 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.5 apg, 0.5 spg)

#14 Riley Corbin, So., Guard (6.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 0.7 apg, 0.5 spg)

Scoring offense: 55.9 ppg (10th in 4A)

Scoring defense: 52.1 ppg (10th in 4A)

Last state championship: 2010

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

Edward’s evaluation: Was upset by Bountiful in the first round last year, but it would hardly be an upset to see it happen again this year. With just one senior key contributor, the T-Birds have struggled with consistency throughout the year. It hasn’t won back-to-back games since early January. An overtime win over Provo in the regular season finale, however, does give Timpview a glimmer of hope.

Woods Cross Wildcats (15-6)

Coach: Todd Street

How qualified: Finished in a three-way tie for second in Region 6 with a 6-4 record. After a three-way coin flip, East earned No. 2 seed, followed by Highland and then Woods Cross.

Playoff opener: vs. Mountain View, Friday, 7 p.m.

Best preseason victory: A 52-37 win against Olympus on Dec. 2.

Best region victory: A 59-57 (OT) win at Highland on Feb. 10.

Top contributors

#23 Brady Cowley, Jr., Guard (11.1 ppg)

#11 Skyler Farnes, Jr., Forward (10.2 ppg)

#25 Hayden Grant, Jr., Guard (9.1 ppg)

#30 Filipo Mokofisi, Jr., Forward (7.6 ppg)

#24 Mike Jacobson, Jr., Guard (5.9 ppg)

Scoring offense: 56.3 ppg (8th in 4A)

Scoring defense: 54.5 ppg (18th in 4A)

Last state championship: 1983

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

Edward’s evaluation: Woods Cross’ two games with Highland is a microcosm of their entire season. In the first game it lost by 39 points, but in the second game it won in overtime. Those games are proof that the Wildcats can compete with most teams in 4A, but proof as well that they can get run out of a building. Assuming they win their play-in game, the Wildcats will find out just how good they are in the first round against No. 1 Orem.

Deseret News prep editor and Real Salt Lake beat writer.

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