Both the Hobbs boys and girls are top-six seeds in the tournament (Eagles are No. 6, Lady Eagles No. 5) and have a chance to make noise in the state playoffs.
Here are my keys to victory for both the Hobbs boys and girls in their first round games.
3. Use Tasker Arena crowd: Sandia hasn't played a game outside the Albuquerque-metro area this season. The Matadors likely haven't been to a hostile environment such as Tasker Arena with 3,000-plus fans screaming for their Eagles. If Hobbs can jump on Sandia early and get the crowd into the game (it would also benefit Hobbs if the crowd was proactive instead of reactive), the Matadors may struggle with the moment in arguably the most famous high school gym in the state.
2. Don't be hesitant: At times the Lady Eagles hesitate to take open shots. Hobbs has good shooters, and as long as it's in the context of the offense, they shouldn't be afraid to take open looks.
3. Keep the D strong: Hobbs is one of the best defensive teams in the state and must stay focused on that end of the floor. If the Lady Eagles can contest each shot and make Oñate earn every basket, Hobbs should be moving on to the state quarterfinals.