The Tooele girls basketball team has been at its best in recent weeks, winning three consecutive Region 10 games to move into third place in the league standings.
More importantly, however, is what the Buffaloes’ run of success has done for them in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) ratings that are used to determine seeding for the upcoming Class 4A state tournament. Tooele (7-9, 4-3 Region 10) jumped five spots to No. 11 in the RPI this week on the strength of wins over Uintah, Stansbury and Ogden, which would earn the Buffs a first-round bye if the postseason began today.
The top 11 teams in Class 4A will receive first-round byes, meaning Tooele would travel to No. 6 Sky View (10-5) for a second-round game. Stansbury (5-11, 2-5) is 18th after losses to Uintah, Ogden and Tooele, putting the Stallions in position to face No. 15 Dixie (6-9) on the road in the first round. The winner of that game would meet No. 2 Ridgeline (11-5) in a second-round matchup.
The rest of Class 4A’s top five includes No. 1 Pine View (15-1), No. 3 Desert Hills (13-2), No. 4 Logan (11-3) and No. 5 Green Canyon (11-4).
Grantsville’s girls (16-3, 6-1 Region 13) maintained their grip on the No. 4 spot in Class 3A with wins over Providence Hall and Morgan this week. The top 13 teams in Class 3A receive first-round byes, which would set up a second-round matchup between the Cowboys and No. 13 Summit Academy (7-11) in the state tournament. No. 1 South Sevier (12-2), No. 2 Carbon (13-3) and No. 3 Emery (9-4) are ranked ahead of Grantsville, with Judge Memorial (10-3) rounding out the top five.
The Wendover girls (6-1, 1-0 Region 21) moved up a spot to No. 4 in this week’s Class 1A RPI after blowout wins over Pinnacle and Tintic. If that holds up over the final weeks of the regular season, the Wildcats would play host to No. 13 Intermountain Christian (3-9) in the first round of the 1A state tournament.
No. 1 Valley (11-3), No. 2 Wayne (12-3), No. 3 Piute (10-4) and No. 5 Milford (10-5) join Wendover at the top of the 1A rankings this week.
Grantsville (13-1, 7-0 Region 13) remains comfortably atop the Class 3A rankings, though things are tightening up behind the Cowboys. No. 2 Manti (14-4), No. 3 Grand (17-2) and No. 4 Juab (14-3) are separated by seven-thousandths of a point, while Grantsville is a full tenth ahead of Manti. Richfield (9-7) rounds out the top five, with the top 13 teams receiving first-round byes.
Tooele (9-9, 5-2 Region 10) has climbed up to 13th in the Class 4A rankings, followed closely by No. 14 Stansbury (9-7, 5-2). With the top 11 teams receiving first-round byes, both the Buffaloes and Stallions are in position to host first-round games — Tooele against No. 20 Mountain Crest (2-13) and Stansbury against No. 19 Ben Lomond (3-14).
Crimson Cliffs (15-2) is ranked No. 1 in Class 4A, followed by No. 2 Desert Hills (15-2) after the Mustangs beat the Thunder on a buzzer-beater Wednesday night. Juan Diego (15-2) is No. 3, followed by No. 4 Dixie (14-3) and No. 5 Sky View (12-3).
Wendover (7-5, 1-1 Region 21) is No. 6 in Class 1A, with the top 13 teams receiving first-round byes in the state tournament. The Wildcats are currently in position to host No. 11 Tabiona (5-10) in a second-round game. Meanwhile, Dugway (1-8, 0-1 Region 21) is ranked No. 19, and would travel to No. 14 Green River (3-9) for a first-round game.
Bryce Valley (14-2) is atop the 1A rankings, followed by Piute (10-4), Manila (10-4), Rich (9-5) and Panguitch (12-4).