Defending champ: Grand Haven. The Bucs have won the last two titles, but it will take an extraordinary number of things to fall right to make it a three-peat. The Bucs don’t have the dominating post player they had a year ago and have been inconsistent at times. It could struggle to win the district.
Toughest district: At Muskegon Reeths-Puffer. Not only is the two-time defending champ (Grand Haven) here, but Mona Shores is a dangerous perimeter shooting team. Reeths-Puffer is a good team and Muskegon could be the most talented team in the district.
Final four: Midland, Grand Ledge, Grosse Pointe South, Birmingham Marian.
Player who could crash the party: Mackenzie Latt, Richland-Gull Lake. She is the 6-foot-1 senior who has signed with Davidson and moved to Gull Lake in November. She has blended with a talented cast of players and could wind up in East Lansing.
State champ: Grosse Pointe South. You win state championships with guards and South has a terrific one in junior Cierra Rice, who darn-near pulled it off in each of the last two seasons.
Defending champ: Goodrich. The Martians have won the last two titles and were expected to do so, even given last season’s injuries. But this would be different. Junior guard Tania Davis has been through the rigors of two title runs, but she will need help to make it three straight.
Toughest district: Essexville Garber. Midland Bullock Creek is the favorite here, but it will be tested immediately by a good Gladwin team, and then a solid Standish-Sterling is waiting. If Bullock Creek wins those two games, it should have to face a dangerous Bay City Glenn team in the district final.
Final four: Grand Rapids South Christian, Houghton, Goodrich, Dearborn Divine Child.
Player who could crash the party: Kysre Gondrezick, Benton Harbor. She is one of the top sophomores in the country, capable of ripping off 40 points on a given night. She is also an excellent passer and ball handler and is the kind of player who can carry a team though a tournament.
State champ: South Christian. Last season’s run to the semifinals has helped fuel this team that features incredible balance: No player averages in double figures. Cassidy Vredevoogd and Renee Broekhuizen are three-year starters who are going to get the job done.
Defending champ: Manchester. The Dutch lost the core of last year’s team and are not expected to contend for the state title this season. But who ever thought the Dutch could win it last year?
Toughest district: Carson City-Crystal. The host team has had an outstanding season and meeting tonight on the other side of the bracket are Laingsburg and Bath, both solid teams. Carson City will have a tough test in the district semifinal against Pewamo-Westphalia and then that winner will likely have to face the winner of the Laingsburg-Bath game.
Final four: Flint Hamady, Niles Brandywine, Grosse Pointe Woods University Liggett, St. Ignace.
Player who could crash the party: Reyna Frost. The Reese junior center is a walking double-double (16 points, 11 rebounds). She can dominate a game and she has a talented cast of teammates. But Reese has a difficult path to get to the Breslin Center.
State champ: St. Ignace. The defending Class D state champs are back in Class C where they won the 2011 title. The Saints played a challenging schedule early and that will help. Kelley Wright can be a prolific scorer while Abbey Ostman is a bruiser on the boards.
Defending champ: St. Ignace. This is the only class in which the defending champ has absolutely no chance of repeating. The Saints are in Class C this season.
Toughest district: Central Lake. Gaylord St. Mary and Bellaire are two excellent teams and they should meet in the final, but it is not automatic. Central Lake could give St. Mary a tough semifinal game and Bellaire will have to deal with Boyne Falls in the semis.
Final four: Frankfort, Marine City Cardinal Mooney, Crystal Falls Forest Park, Athens.
Player who could crash the party: Korynn Hincka, Posen. This 6-1 all-stater who has signed with Grand Valley is averaging over 30 points a game and has scored 2,265 career points with 1,361 career rebounds for unbeaten Posen. If she gets the ball anywhere near the basket, it’s going in.
State champ: Crystal Falls Forest Park. Lexi Gussert is the No. 1 player in the state and she has the statistics to match, but this will be no cake walk for the Trojans. They haven’t been challenged in months and it will be see how they react when they get in a game in which every possession matters.