The Grantsville boys and girls basketball teams will begin their respective quests for a Class 3A state championship among the favorites to bring home the big trophy, with the boys earning the No. 1 seed and the girls ranked No. 3.
Both teams won Region 13 championships, going 9-1 in league play. The boys team (15-2 overall) maintained its grip on the top spot in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) rankings despite an upset loss to No. 12 Summit Academy in its second-to-last game of the season, though the gap between the Cowboys and No. 2 Juab got considerably tighter as a result.
As one of the top 13 seeds in the bracket, Grantsville will receive a first-round bye, and will play host to the winner of Tuesday’s first-round contest between No. 16 Emery and No. 17 Delta in a second-round game Friday night. The other two first-round games include a matchup between No. 15 South Summit and No. 18 Providence Hall, with the winner playing No. 2 Juab in the second round; and another between No. 14 American Leadership Academy and No. 19 Maeser Prep, with the winner advancing to face No. 3 Manti.
A number of second-round matchups have already been set: No. 13 Union will travel to No. 4 Grand; No. 5 San Juan will host No. 12 Summit Academy; No. 6 Judge Memorial will face No. 11 South Sevier; No. 7 Richfield hosts No. 10 Morgan; and No. 8 Carbon faces No. 9 North Sanpete.
The Grantsville girls (19-3) are riding an eight-game winning streak into the state tournament after a thrilling come-from behind win over Judge Memorial in their season finale Thursday night, completing a climb from sixth to third in the RPI over the final weeks of the season. On Saturday afternoon, the Cowboys will play host to the winner of Wednesday’s first-round game between No. 14 Juab and No. 19 Maeser Prep. The winner of Wednesday’s game between No. 16 North Sanpete and No. 17 Grand will travel to No. 1 South Sevier in the second round, while either No. 15 American Leadership Academy or No. 18 Providence Hall will hit the road to meet No. 2 Emery.
Second-round matchups that have already been determined include No. 13 Summit Academy at No. 4 Carbon; No. 12 South Summit at No. 5 Richfield; No. 11 San Juan at No. 6 Judge Memorial; No. 10 Union at No. 7 Delta; and No. 9 Manti at No. 8 Morgan.
The second-round winners will advance to the state quarterfinals on Feb. 25 at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield. The semifinals are Feb. 26, and the championship games are Feb. 27.