The 2015-2016 season has featured some solid teams in 3A that can compete with teams of any classification as shown by the large number of preseason wins by 3A teams against 4A and 5A contenders. In fact, Logan and Morgan were the only two teams in the state to defeat Sky View, arguably the best team in 5A. With that kind of talent among the 3A playoff teams, the 2016 playoffs should be exciting.

With Carbon and Snow Canyon atop 3A after the regular season, they are the clear favorites to show down in the championship game and contend for the title. However, teams such as Logan, Morgan, and Cedar are dangerous and could potentially shake things up.

Here’s a team-by-team look at all 16 teams in the state tournament, and what to expect.

Bear River Bears (10-11)

2015-2016 Schedule



Coach: Ken Oxborrow (1st year)



How qualified: Fourth in Region 11 with 2-6 record



Playoff opener: at Carbon, Friday, 7 p.m.



Best preseason victory: A 46-42 win at Box Elder, Nov. 24



Most important region victory: A 61-18 win at Ben Lomond, Feb. 4



Top contributors



#3 Tamika Rodriguez, Sr. (8.3 ppg)



#2 Jenny Bitner, Sr. (6.8 ppg)



#20 Arianna Towne, Jr. (6.2 ppg)



#14 Katira Bywater, Sr. (6.1 ppg)



#12 Mckenzi Summers, Sr. (6.1 ppg)



Scoring offense: 44.8 ppg (15th in 3A)



Scoring defense: 44.7 ppg (10th in 3A)



Last state championship: 1989



Deseret News staff writer Andy Sorensen’s bracket: Loss to Carbon in first round



Sorensen’s analysis: The Bears’ only hope to get past Carbon is their defense, but Carbon is not likely to let that happen.


Carbon Dinos (20-2)

2015-2016 Schedule



Coach: Ted Bianco (4th year)



How qualified: First in Region 12 with 7-1 record



Playoff opener: vs. Bear River, Friday, 7 p.m.



Best preseason victory: A 55-48 win at Salem Hills



Most important region victory: A 41-37 win at Richfield, Feb. 2



Top contributors



#24 Lindsay Blanc, Jr., Guard (12.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.7 apg, 3.6 spg)



#21 Sara Morley, Sr., Forward (11.4 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 1.1 spg)



#12 Morgan Hillam, Sr., Forward (5.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1 spg)



#23 Taylor Passarella, Jr., Guard (4.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.8 apg, 2 spg)



#5 Cyene Bigelow, Jr., Forward (3.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg)



Scoring offense: 50.7 ppg (9th in 3A)



Scoring defense: 37.1 ppg (1st in 3A)



Last state championship: 2005



Deseret News staff writer Andy Sorensen’s bracket: Loss to Snow Canyon in the championship



Sorensen’s analysis: Carbon has a feisty, shut-down defense coupled with a potent offense which should carry it to the championship game, especially considering that it is on the easier side of the 3A playoff bracket. The Dinos have had plenty of solid wins but will be hard pressed to get past Snow Canyon in the championship.


Cedar Redmen (17-5)

2015-2016 Schedule



Coach: John Elison (16th year)



How qualified: Second in Region 9 with 8-2 record



Playoff opener: vs. Grantsville, Friday, 7 p.m.



Best preseason victory: A 58-47 win vs. Woods Cross, Dec. 30



Most important region victory: A 57-49 win vs. Snow Canyon, Feb. 2



Top contributors



#23 Courtney Morley, Sr., Guard (13.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.5 spg)



#42 Jessica Whetman, Sr., Forward (7.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg)



#0 Dream Weaver, So., Guard (6.6 ppg, 2 rpg)



#25 Carly Davis, So., Forward (6.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg)



#32 Morgan Myers, Jr., Guard (5.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg)



Scoring offense: 53.5 ppg (4th in 3A)



Scoring defense: 44.3 ppg (9th in 3A)



Last state championship: None



Deseret News staff writer Andy Sorensen’s bracket: Loss to Carbon in semifinals



Sorensen’s analysis: Cedar is a very solid team and took second in Region 9, which was no easy task. Look for the balanced scoring attack of the Redmen to get them a couple of wins in the playoffs but Carbon is on another level and should defeat the Redmen.


Desert Hills Thunder (11-10)

2015-2016 Schedule



Coach: Ron Denos (1st year)



How qualified: Third in Region 9 with a 6-4 record



Playoff opener: at Stansbury, Friday, 7 p.m.



Best preseason victory: A 52-45 winvs. Granger, Dec. 3



Most important region victory: A 51-48 win vs. Pine View, Feb. 9



Top contributors



#24 Ashley Beckstrand, Jr. (23.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.8 apg, 2.8 spg)



#11 Kylie Williams, Sr. (8.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.5 apg, 3.1 spg)



#12 Ellyn Williams, Jr. (5.9ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.7 spg)



#3 Rylee Jensen, Sr. (4.1 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.3 spg)



#42 Jessica Bills, So. (3.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg)



Scoring offense: 53.0 ppg (5th in 3A)



Scoring defense: 49.8 ppg (17th in 3A)



Last state championship: 2014



Deseret News staff writer Andy Sorensen’s bracket: Loss to Carbon in quarterfinals



Sorensen’s analysis: The Thunder features arguably 3A's best scorer in Ashley Beckstrand, who averages over 23 ppg, which could help them get at least one win in the playoffs. Carbon might be too much for the Desert Hills to get past though in the quarterfinals.


Grantsville Cowboys (9-13)

2015-2016 Schedule



Coach: Megan Vera



How qualified: Tied for third in Region 10 with 3-5 record



Playoff opener: at Cedar, Friday, 7 p.m.



Best preseason victory: A 61-38 win at Wasatch Academy, Dec. 1



Most important region victory: A 60-41 win vs. Tooele, Feb. 2



Top contributors



#32 Abby Butler, Jr., Forward (12.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.4spg)



#12 Rylie Ekins, Jr., Guard/Forward (10.73 ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.7 spg)



#14 Megan Cafarelli, Sr., Guard (6.27 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 1.6 apg)



#22 Brayle Crosman, Jr., Guard (5.82 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.6 spg)



#3 Whitney Castagno, Sr., Guard (3.9 ppg, 1 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.2 spg)



Scoring offense: 48.4 ppg (10th in 3A)



Scoring defense: 48.4 ppg (15th in 3A)



Last state championship: None



Deseret News staff writer Andy Sorensen’s bracket: Loss to Cedar in first round



Sorensen’s analysis: After struggling through much of region play to ultimately reach the playoffs, Grantsville will likely make an early exit in the playoffs.


Juab Wasps (11-9)

2015-2016 Schedule



Coach: Jeff Wallace (4th year)



How qualified: Tied for second in Region 12 with 5-3 record



Playoff opener: vs. Morgan, Friday, 7 p.m.



Best preseason victory: A 50-37 win vs. Snow Canyon, Dec. 28



Most important region victory: A 42-33 win vs. Richfield, Feb. 9



Top contributors



#23 Rylee Bryan, Sr. (12.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.9 apg, 2.4 spg)



#11 Autumn Kay, Sr. (10.8 ppg, 5 rpg, 2.2 apg, 2 spg)



#24 Hannah Robins, Fr. (10.7 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.1 spg)



#3 Taylei Williams, Jr. (4.4ppg, 3 rpg, 2 apg)



#34 Taya Jones, Jr. (3.4 ppg)



Scoring offense: 45.3 ppg (14th in 3A)



Scoring defense: 42.2 ppg (4th in 3A)



Last state championship: None



Deseret News staff writer Andy Sorensen’s bracket: Loss to Morgan in first round



Sorensen’s analysis: Juab is strong defensively and could show a strong performance in the playoffs but Morgan is streaky and dangerous and will be favored in the first round.


Juan Diego Soaring Eagle (14-5)

2015-2016 Schedule



Coach: Josh Archuleta (2nd year)



How qualified: First in Region 11 with 7-1 record



Playoff opener: vs. North Sanpete, Friday, 7 p.m.



Best preseason victory: A 57-43 win vs. Timpanogos, Dec. 8



Most important region victory: A 54-46 win at Logan, Jan. 19



Top contributors



#12 Becca Curran, Jr. (16.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.7 apg, 3 spg)



#14 AnnMarie Nelson, Sr., C/F (11.7 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.5 spg)



#33 Brynn Drummond, Jr., G/F (9.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.3 spg)



#4 Mia Berenguer, Sr. (7.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3 apg, 1.7 spg)



#34 Anna Ewoniuk, Jr. (3.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2 spg)



Scoring offense: 55.3 ppg (2nd in 3A)



Scoring defense: 48.6 ppg (16th in 3A)



Last state championship: 2015



Deseret News staff writer Andy Sorensen’s bracket: loss to Cedar in quarterfinals



Sorensen’s analysis: Becca Curran leads the solid offense with 16.8 ppg, which led the Soaring Eagle to first place in Region 11, but Cedar could be too much for them in the quarterfinals. Expect a similar outcome to when the two faced off on Dec. 15 and Cedar downed Juan Diego 67-56.


Logan Grizzlies (19-4)

2015-2016 Schedule



Coach: Kevin Andersen (1st year)



How qualified: Second in Region 11 with 6-2 record



Playoff opener: vs. Richfield, Friday, 7 p.m.



Best preseason victory: A 63-62 win vs. Sky View, Dec. 22



Most important region victory: A 50-48 win vs. Morgan, Jan. 14



Top contributors



#4 Kira Peterson, So. (14.0 ppg)



#12 Kayla Hugie, Sr. (12.0 ppg)



#32 Emily Woolstenhulme, Sr. (6.3 ppg)



#23 Samalie Prom, Jr. (4.7 ppg)



#10 Saranie Brown, Sr. (4.6 ppg)



Scoring offense: 51.4 ppg (8th in 3A)



Scoring defense: 41.0 ppg (3rd in 3A)



Last state championship: None



Deseret News staff writer Andy Sorensen’s bracket: Loss to Snow Canyon in quarterfinals



Sorensen’s analysis: The Grizzlies are a very balanced team that is a real threat to contend for the title. While Kira Peterson and Kayla Hugie give the offense a one-two punch, the defense is even better for Logan. However, it will have a tough time getting past Snow Canyon in the likely quarterfinal match-up.


Morgan Trojans (15-4)

2015-2016 Schedule



Coach: Kade Morrell (2nd year)



How qualified: Third in Region 11 with 5-3 record



Playoff opener: at Juab, Friday, 7 p.m.



Best preseason victory: A 51-49 win vs. Sky View, Dec. 1



Most important region victory: A 57-48 win at Juan Diego, Jan. 21



Top contributors



#21 Brookelyn Hurlbut (13.7 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2.5 spg)



#20 Kate Blazzard (12.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 6.0 apg, 3.0 spg)



#24 Marcie Stapley (6.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.5 spg)



#42 Jalyn Vandyke (6.5 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.1 spg)



#13 Morgan Cragun (5.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2 apg, 2.3 spg)



Scoring offense: 58.6 ppg (1st in 3A)



Scoring defense: 43.1 ppg (5th in 3A)



Last state championship: 2004



Deseret News staff writer Andy Sorensen’s bracket: Loss to Snow Canyon in semifinals



Sorensen’s analysis: Despite taking third in Region 11, the Trojans boast some solid wins on their resume including wins over Murray, Timpview, Herriman and Sky View, which is considered to be one of the best in the state. Morgan could very well make a solid run in the playoffs.


North Sanpete Hawks (7-14)

2015-2016 Schedule



Coach: Randi Griffith (3rd year)



How qualified: Fourth in Region 12 with 2-6 record



Playoff opener: at Juan Diego, Friday, 7 p.m.



Best preseason victory: A 36-34 win vs. Pine View, Dec. 29



Most important region victory: A 37-36 win vs. Canyon View, Feb. 9



Top contributors



#1 Angela Clayton, Jr., Guard (11.8 ppg)



#3 Lexie Olson, So., Forward (5.9 ppg)



Jentry Ison, Jr., Guard (4.5 ppg)



#12 Catherine Lund, Jr., Forward (4.5 ppg)



#5 Shelby Ison, So., Forward (4ppg)



Scoring offense: 36.9 ppg (19th in 3A)



Scoring defense: 43.5 ppg (8th in 3A)



Last state championship: None



Deseret News staff writer Andy Sorensen’s bracket: Loss to Juan Diego in first round



Sorensen’s analysis: With very little firepower offensively, it is unlikely that the Hawks will be able to get past Juan Diego in the first round.


Park City Miners (10-7)

2015-2016 Schedule



Coach: Sam White



How qualified: Tied for third in Region 10 with 3-5 record



Playoff opener: at Snow Canyon, Friday, 7 p.m.



Best preseason victory: A 50-43 win vs. Hillcrest, Dec. 7



Most important region victory: A 55-51 win vs. Grantsville, Feb. 11



Top contributors



#33 Jessica Perry, Jr. (15.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.8 apg, 2.1 spg)



#10 Madeline Komisar, Sr. (13.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.9 apg, 4.1 spg)



#1 Marina Mayo, Sr, (10.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.4 apg, 4.5 spg)



#4 Rachel Brothers, Sr. (8.6 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.2 spg)



#20 Lois Garlow, Fr. (2.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.8 spg)



Scoring offense: 52.4 ppg (7th in 3A)



Scoring defense: 48.3 ppg (14th in 3A)



Last state championship: None



Deseret News staff writer Andy Sorensen’s bracket: Loss to Snow Canyon in first round



Sorensen’s analysis: The Miners know how to score and will give Snow Canyon a challenge but ultimately they are not strong enough to advance. Park City did prove that it could beat solid teams, however, as it had some early season wins over 4A and 5A teams.


Pine View Panthers (12-9)

Coach: Chris Brinagh (2nd year)



2015-2016 Schedule



How qualified: Fourth in Region 9 with 4-6 record



Playoff opener: at Union, Friday, 7 p.m.



Best preseason victory: A 47-33 win vs. Woods Cross, Dec. 28



Most important region victory: A 59-41 win vs. Desert Hills, Jan. 21



Top contributors



#24 Tayvia Ahquin, Sr., Forward (12.4 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.3 spg)



#31 Stefani Gleave, Sr., Guard (7.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg)



#33 Brenna Moeai, Jr., Forward (6.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.9 apg, 2.8 spg)



#32 Natasha Fiame, Sr., Forward (5.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.5 spg)



#3 Saraven Allen, So., Guard (5.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.4 spg)



Scoring offense: 48.1 ppg (11th in 3A)



Scoring defense: 43.3 ppg (6th in 3A)



Last state championship: 2001



Deseret News staff writer Andy Sorensen’s bracket: Loss to Morgan in quarterfinals



Sorensen’s analysis: The Panthers should be able to upset Union in the first round, they will probably not advance any further with Morgan in their way beyond that. Pine View has little momentum coming into the playoffs as it lost three straight before beating 3A bottom-dweller Hurricane in the regular-season finale. However, Pine View is very balanced and will provide a tough contest against Morgan.


Richfield Wildcats (12-8)

2015-2016 Schedule



Coach: Marc Peterson (16th year)



How qualified: Tied for second in Region 12 with 5-3 record



Playoff opener: at Logan, Friday, 7 p.m.



Best preseason victory: A 41-26 win at Pine View, Dec. 11



Most important region victory: A 46-42 win at Carbon, Jan. 19



Top contributors



#33 Emma Jones So. (10.1 ppg)



#4 Shandi Bastian, Jr. (9.1 ppg)



#14 Madisyn Daniels, So. (8.9 ppg)



#22 Rylee Christensen, Sr. (5.1 ppg)



#11 Caitlyn Nabity, So. (4 ppg)



Scoring offense: 46.0 ppg (13th in 3A)



Scoring defense: 38.1 ppg (2nd in 3A)



Last state championship: 2013 (2A)



Deseret News staff writer Andy Sorensen’s bracket: Loss to Logan in first round



Sorensen’s analysis: Richfield’s stellar defense gives it a real possibility to do well in the playoffs but unfortunately, it faces Logan, one of the most balanced and dangerous teams in the playoffs in the first round.


Snow Canyon Warriors (20-2)

2015-2016 Schedule



Coach: Daniel Roden (3rd year)



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



Playoff opener: vs. Park City, Friday, 7 p.m.



Best preseason victory: A 67-55 win vs. Juan Diego, Dec. 3



Most important region victory: A 56-53 win vs. Cedar, Jan. 12



Top contributors



#21 Madison Mooring, Sr., Guard (16.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.4 apg, 2.5 spg)



#5 Shaylee Reed, Sr., Forward (11.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.8 spg)



#4 Sydney Bott, Sr., Guard/Forward (7.8 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 1.1 spg)



#11 Nikenna Durante, Sr., Guard/Forward (6.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.9 apg, 2.3 spg)



#15 Natalie Coulam, Sr., Guard/Forward (4.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.8 spg)



Scoring offense: 55.0 ppg (3rd in 3A)



Scoring defense: 43.4 ppg (7th in 3A)



Last state championship: 2012



Deseret News staff writer Andy Sorensen’s bracket: Win over Carbon in championship



Sorensen’s analysis: The Warriors will get another state championship thanks in large part to being prepared for the big games due to their tough schedule. Snow Canyon may not have had the most stellar preseason wins of the 3A playoff teams, but it proved itself by going 9-1 in 3A’s toughest region. In addition, by getting through some tough playoff games on its side of the 3A playoff bracket, Snow Canyon will be prepared to finish the season off right with a win against Carbon in the championship


Stansbury Stallions (13-9)

2015-2016 Schedule



Coach: Kenzie Newton (12th year)



How qualified: Tied first in Region 10 with 6-2 record



Playoff opener: vs. Desert Hills, Friday, 7 p.m.



Best preseason victory: A 41-40 win vs. Taylorsville, Jan. 7



Most important region victory: A 55-47 win at Grantsville, Jan. 21



Top contributors



#23 Angie Kilpack, Sr., Guard (10.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.7 spg)



#11 Deanna Castillo, Jr., Guard (8.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.2spg)



#15 Amber Spaulding, Sr., Forward (8.8 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.6 spg)



#12 Katrina Flint, Sr., Forward (7.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.6 spg)



#21 Jose Warner, Jr., Guard (4.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.5 spg)



Scoring offense: 47.1 ppg (12th in 3A)



Scoring defense: 45.3 ppg (12th in 3A)



Last state championship: None



Deseret News staff writer Andy Sorensen’s bracket: Loss to Desert Hills in first round



Sorensen’s analysis: The Stallions have relied heavily on close wins all year and may not be able to continue that trend in the playoffs. Stansbury lacks offensive firepower and has been an average defensive team this year.


Union Cougars (11-9)

2015-2016 Schedule



Coach: Sam Hoopes (2nd year)



How qualified: Tied for first in Region 10 with 6-2 record



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



Best preseason victory: A 58-51 win vs. Union, Dec. 5



Most important region victory: A 66-56 win vs. Stansbury, Jan. 29



Top contributors



Shayla Draper (13.6 ppg)



Katie Ross (6.2 ppg)



Cassie Houston (5.2 ppg)



Paige Farnsworth (4.5 ppg)



Alyssa Burgie (4.4 ppg)



Scoring offense: 52.6 ppg (6th in 3A)



Scoring defense: 52.3 ppg (20th in 3A)



Last state championship: 1999



Deseret News staff writer Andy Sorensen’s bracket: Loss to Pine View in first round



Sorensen’s analysis: Union boasts one of the best offenses in 3A but also is dragged down by one of the most porous defenses in 3A. Defense wins championships so look for the Cougars to make an early exit.