Over the past three years, Desert Hills has had tremendous success in the playoffs as it has played in all three state championship games before finally getting a taste of victory last year to be crowned 3A state champion.

Although the Thunder is always a threat to go the distance — especially with 3A’s leading scorer in Ashley Beckstrand (21.2 ppg) on its side — undefeated Juan Diego seems to be the clear-cut favorite this season as sisters Monique (18.3 ppg) and Dominique Mills (17.2) will look to continue their star-studded play into the playoffs.

Don’t get me wrong, Juan Diego looks strong heading into the state tournament, but Region 9 champ and second-ranked Cedar (19-3), Bear River, Morgan and Carbon are all capable of stringing together four wins to spoil Juan Diego’s quest of an undefeated season.