Prep basketball: Upsets shake up KSL Coaches' Poll

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SALT LAKE CITY - This was not a good week to be No. 1 in the KSL Coaches' Poll.

Top games to watch this week
Bountiful at Highland 7pm Tuesday (Game of the Week)
The Braves have won six in a row and have yet to be challenged in region play. That could change tonight as they make the trip to Salt Lake City where an angry Highland team will be waiting for them. The Rams dropped an overtime thriller to East on Friday.Sky View at Mountain Crest 7 p.m. Wednesday
The gym is going to be packed for this cache valley battle. Both teams suffered defeat last week and hope to keep pace in the region race. Cedar at Hurricane 7 p.m. Friday
Big, big game in region 9 assuming both teams take care of business Wednesday at home. Cedar, Hurricane and Desert Hills all have two region losses. The winner of this game will likely emerge as the top challenger to Desert Hills in Region 9.Davis at Northridge 7 p.m. Tuesday
Davis is coming off a huge win over Fremont. The result leaves Region 1 in a three-way tie. Northridgeis that third team and, despite an 8-7 record are playing good basketball and could make a huge statement with a win over the Darts.

Three of the five top ranked teams in the state suffered a setback this week. West Jordan was No. 1 in 5A until they suffered their first region loss of the season, an overtime defeat at Brighton 85-82. Jags star forward Jordan Loveridge is dealing with a knee injury that kept him out of Friday's win over Jordan. He tweeted that he expects to play Friday when they host Cottonwood.

Defending champion Lone Peak is back at No. 1. American Fork is No. 3 followed by Alta and Davis who knocked off rival Fremont in a thriller.

Orem avoided the upset bug and remain the top ranked team in 4A. Bountiful is No. 2 after crushing their rival Woods Cross for their 6th straight victory.

Top five performances of the week
Justin Johnson, Green River
The leading scorer in the state of Utah continues to put up crazy numbers. He scored 43 points Friday in a 63-46 win over Whitehorse. Johnson is averaging 34.6 points per game.Quinton Larson, Bonneville
Larson scored 26 points including six 3-pointers leading the Lakers to a 67-59 upset of Mountain CrestParker Van Dyke, East
The Leopards' star point guard scored 33 points leading his team to a thrilling 74-69 overtime win over Highland on the road.Kyler Nielson, Cedar
Nielson had 26 points and four 3-pointers helping Cedar stay in the region 9 title race with a 65-57 overtime win over No. 1 Desert Hills.Mackenzie Morrison, Alta
Morrison had a week to remember. She knocked down a game-winning jumper Tuesday to defeat Cottonwood in overtime. Then she scored 30 points to help lead the Hawks to a victory over rival Brighton.

Skyline Is the big mover in 4A after going on the road and stunning Olympus 59-52. The Eagles jump up to No. 3 in the poll. Sky View drops one spot after suffering a road loss to rival Logan on Wednesday. Olympus drops to 5th after their loss to Skyline.

Desert Hills enjoyed a big win at home Wednesday against Dixie only to suffer a heartbreaking overtime loss at Cedar on Friday. The Thunder barely hold onto the top ranking they've held all season.

Cedar moves up to 2nd after upsetting 3A's No. 1 team. The Redmen are followed by another Region 9 team Hurricane. The Tigers are No. 3 followed by Payson who crushed Spanish Fork last Tuesday.

Judge has not lost to a 3A team this season and moves into the top five after winning their last six games.

South Sevier has won 17 straight games and hold onto the No. 1 ranking in 2A. The only team to beat them is not far behind. Wasatch Academy is a close 2nd in the poll followed by Waterford, Richfield and Manti.

1A has a new No. 1. Bryce Valley knocked off Piute 50-47 on Saturday to take over the top spot. Panguitch follows at No. 3 followed by Duchesne and Green River.

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