With defending champion Sky View now in 5A, there will be a new champion at this year’s 4A state tournament. The front runners appear to be Region 5 champion Bountiful, Region 7 champion Alta and Region 8 champion Springville.
Bountiful should have star player Kennedy Redding back in the lineup after she missed the last four games of the regular season after suffering a concussion. The Braves were 17-0 before she got hurt, but 1-3 with her on the sideline.
The other marquee player in 4A, however, won’t be back as Maple Mountain’s Liz Eaton — the state’s leading scorer — is out for the season with a torn ACL. Her injury has changed the dynamic of the 4A state tourney, which always seems to provide an upset or two along the way.
Here’s a team-by-team look at all 14 teams that have qualified for the state tournament, and then the four additional teams that tied for fourth in their respective regions and have play-in games on Saturday.