If the Civil War were to have had an outcome like the 1A girl's basketball state tournament has over the past decade, the South would never have to "rise again" because it would have marched all over the North.

No team north of Panguitch has won the 1A state title since North Summit did in 1986.As this year's version of the 16-team state tournament gets underway Wednesday at Carbon High School in Price, two southern teams - No. 1 ranked Valley and No. 2 Enterprise - are the favorites after having had impressive regular seasons. However, the other three ranked teams, Rich, Intermountain Christian and Rowland Hall-St. Marks, are hoping to end the stronghold the southern teams have on the coveted chant of "we're number one."

Defending state champion Valley (17-2) and its Region 15 foe Enterprise (14-5) have been the only teams to hold the No. 1 ranking this year. One or the other has held the state title for the past six years.

The Buffaloes are charging toward their third-straight championship in a season that head coach Ferril Heaton said would be a "rebuilding year." Valley's only losses were to the Wolves and at an out-of-state tournament. The Buffaloes open the tournament against Salt Lake Lutheran.

Enterprise has a senior-laden team and probably the most depth of any school in the tournament which is a big plus. The Wolves tied Valley for the Region 15 title but enter the tourney as the region's No. 1 seed after winning a coin toss last week. Enterprise will face Wendover in its first round game.

Rich (14-3) had little problem in winning the Region 16 tournament title over Duchesne last weekend and poses the biggest threat to Enterprise and Valley. The Rebels have a balanced scoring attack led by seniors Margo Groll and Kelley Kennedy. Salt Lake Christian Academy and Rich meet in the first round.

Region 14 powers ICS and RHSM finished 1-2 in last weekend's region tournament and hope to gain some respect.

The Lions will rely on their quickness to help them advance in the tournament while the Winged Lions have two players averaging 16 points per game in Alli Miller and Megan Williams.

ICS will meet Piute in the first round after the Thunderbirds won a 75-62 play-in game against Monument Valley on Monday.


1A girls tournament pairings

At Carbon High School

Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 8-11

Wednesday's Schedule

Upper Bracket - Court 1

- Wendover vs. Enterprise 2:30 p.m.

- Green River vs. Dugway 4:10 p.m.

- Duchesne vs. Waterford 5:50 p.m.

- Whitehorse vs. Rowland Hall-St. Marks 7:30 p.m. Lower Bracket - Court 2

- Piute vs. Intermountain Christian 2:30 p.m.

- Salt Lake Lutheran vs. Valley 4:10 p.m.

- Manila vs. Wayne 5:50 p.m.

- Rich vs. Salt Lake Christian Academy 7:30 p.m.