Across the board, schools were handed difficult matchups, and many coaches were left feeling their squads had been under-seeded.
Both the Shiprock boys and girls were given the No. 4 seed in the 3A state tournament.
The Chieftain boys will host No. 13 Ruidoso (8-16, 0-4 District 4-3A) in their first-round game on Saturday.
The Lady Chiefs will be at home on Friday night against No. 13 West Las Vegas (17-12, 2-6 District 2-3A).
Shiprock girls head coach Larenson Henderson was hoping his team would be in the top three seeds.
"I guess they figured our strength of schedule was too low," Henderson said. "We're going to come into this game and go at them hard. We have something to prove."
The Lady Dons went on a run in their district tournament, winning three road games in three days, before losing to Taos in the tournament final.
Farmington High was seeded No. 12 and will travel to No. 5 Albuquerque Academy.
The Scorps faced the Chargers (15-10, 3-4 District 5-4A) on Dec. 8, losing 72-58.
FHS head coach Paul Corley doesn't believe much can be read into the early season loss to Academy.
"We've matured as a team. It's a night and day difference," Corley said. "We're playing really good. They might look past us, so I like our chances. We just have to take care of ourselves. We were hoping for better, but we're excited to be in."
Piedra Vista is another school that was hoping better seeding.
The Panthers received the No. 16 seed and will face top seed Roswell (23-2, 4-0 District 4-4A) in the first round.
PV head coach Adam Huff was left to wonder how the NMAA reached its seeding decision for the Panthers.
"Maybe it's a little soon for me to criticize being my first year, but I don't understand how Goddard got in with their record as bad as it is and how Santa Fe is ahead of us with a losing record overall and in district. It blows my mind a little bit," Huff said.
The Panthers faced Roswell earlier this year, falling to the Coyotes 85-45 in the Poe Corn Tournament final on Dec. 29.
"Last time, I think we were a little scared," Huff said. "The guys have an idea of what it will take to win. We'll get some tape and get a game plan going."
The Lady Panthers will join the boys in Roswell after drawing the Lady Coyotes (20-7, 4-0 District 4-4A) in the first round.
PV received the No. 15 seed in the 4A girls bracket.
"I knew it would be tough, but the girls will not be intimidated," said PV head coach Mike Christie. "Hopefully, the fans will go down for the girls' game and stay to support the boys."
The defending 4A girls state champs Kirtland Central will open its title defense as the No. 14 seed against No. 3 Santa Fe (23-3, 7-1 District 2-4A).
"It'll be tough, but you take what you get," said Kirtland head coach Kevin Holman. "They know they are playing the defending state champs and all the pressure is on them. I know we'll play hard."
The Bloomfield boys enter the 3A bracket as the No. 11 seed and will travel to No. 6 Pojoaque Valley (19-9, 8-1 District 2-3A).
"I'm not too surprised. I figured we'd be 11 or 12," said Bloomfield head coach Devon Manning of the seeding. "I don't know a whole lot about (Pojoaque). We're just going to have to work hard and be ready. It's one and done from here on out."
In the 2A girls bracket, Navajo Prep received the No. 10 seed and face No. 7 Dexter (19-7, 4-1 District 5-2A) in the first round.
"We're just glad to be in the top 10," said Prep head coach Rainy Crisp. "It's great to be going to state. We had a tough season in the district and a tough schedule. This gives us a second chance to prove to ourselves that were capable of playing at the state level."
The Shiprock Northwest girls received the No. 16 seed in the 1A tournament after winning the District 6-1A championship.
The Lady Falcons will face No. 1 Tatum in the first round.
Shiprock boys head coach Chester H. Atcitty Jr. was unable to be reached for comment by press time
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