Tuesday night’s Region 13 road victory over Judge Memorial meant a lot to the Grantsville girls basketball team.
Not only did it allow the Cowboys to stay within striking distance of Morgan in the Region 13 title race, but it also moved them up in the Class 3A Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) rankings that are used to determine seeding for next month’s state tournament. Grantsville (14-3, 4-1 Region 13) now sits fourth in the rankings, up two spots from a week ago.
Should Grantsville remain in that spot, the Cowboys would receive a first-round bye and the right to host a second-round playoff game, which would currently see them facing No. 13 Summit Academy. South Sevier (11-2) currently occupies the top spot, followed by Carbon (12-2) and Emery (7-4). Richfield (11-4) is fifth.
Tooele (5-9, 2-3 Region 10) benefited from its Region 10 win over Uintah on Tuesday night, moving up to No. 16 in Class 4A — just one spot behind the Utes. The No. 16 seed would give the Buffaloes the opportunity to host a first-round playoff game, which would pit them against No. 17 Ogden if the postseason began today, with the winner facing No. 1 Pine View (13-1) on the road in the second round. Stansbury (5-10, 2-4) entered Thursday’s rivalry game against the Buffs in the No. 18 spot, which would send the Stallions to Vernal to face Uintah in the first round. The winner of that game would travel to No. 2 Ridgeline (10-4) for a second-round game.
Desert Hills (11-2) entered Thursday’s games in the No. 3 spot in Class 4A, followed by Logan (9-3) and Sky View (9-4).
Wendover (4-1) slipped one spot to No. 5 in Class 1A, which would earn the Wildcats a first-round home game against No. 12 Pinnacle Academy. Wayne (11-2) is No. 1 in Class 1A, followed by Valley (9-3), Piute (9-3) and Milford (9-4).
Grantsville (11-1, 5-0 Region 13) strengthened its grip on the top spot in Class 3A thanks to its victory over Judge Memorial on Wednesday night, along with Manti’s loss to Juab and Grand’s loss to San Juan. Manti (12-4) remained at No. 2, though Juab (13-3) moved into the No. 3 slot over Grand (15-2). No. 5 Richfield and No. 6 Carbon played each other Wednesday night, but their score hadn’t been entered into MaxPreps at press time and the effect of that game on the rankings was unknown.
The top 13 teams in the 3A bracket will receive first-round byes, and the top eight will host second-round games. Grantsville would host either No. 16 Providence Hall or No. 17 Union in the second round if the postseason began today.
Both Tooele (8-8, 4-2 Region 10) and Stansbury (7-7, 3-3) helped their pursuit of a first-round home game by winning Wednesday night at home — Tooele over No. 9 Uintah, and Stansbury over No. 19 Ogden. Tooele is at No. 13, while Stansbury is No. 15. With the top 11 teams receiving first-round byes, Tooele would host No. 20 Canyon View in the first round for a chance to face No. 4 Sky View (11-3) in the second round, while Stansbury would host No. 18 Ben Lomond for a chance to take on No. 2 Crimson Cliffs (13-2).
Desert Hills (14-1) held on to the top spot with a narrow double-overtime win over Cedar City on Wednesday night. Dixie (12-3) is No. 3, and Juan Diego (14-2) is No. 5.
Wendover (5-5, 0-1 Region 21) is seventh in Class 1A, with the top 13 teams receiving first-round byes. The Wildcats would face No. 10 Tintic in a second-round matchup. Meanwhile, No. 19 Dugway (1-7) would play No. 14 Diamond Ranch Academy in the first round, with the winner taking on No. 3 Piute (8-4) in the second round.
Bryce Valley (13-1) is atop the Class 1A rankings, followed by Panguitch (11-3). Manila (8-3) is No. 4 and Rich (8-5) is No. 5.