It should have happened a long, long time ago but the NCHSAA finally got it right when it comes to conference tournaments.

Better late than never.

Conference tournament games now count toward a team's overall record when it comes to seeding for the state playoffs. If you're going to play the games, they should count. And while we're at it, there's no longer the "dropping" of games for seeding purposes.

While it seems like they change the playoff format every year, this one could have promise.

Another positive aspect is how they handle conference tournament champions. Until this year, conference tournament champions who were a lower seed bumped the regular season second-place team out of the No. 2 slot.

No more. Conference tournament champions who are lower seeds get in with an at-large berth. That's how it should be. Winning a three-day tournament shouldn't trump an 18-game regular season. It's good that the regular season champion and No. 2 keep their spots regardless of the conference tournament. There was something special about the Lexington-Thomasville game. It decided second place. The finality of it was nice.

At the same time, there is still some incentive for the regular season champion and second place team to win conference tournament games. The better the winning percentage, the better the seed.

Now when it comes to scheduling, the NCHSAA falls short.

Last Friday was the final evening of the regular season for basketball. That meant rivalry games and packed gyms. Yet for some reason the NCHSAA felt the need to cram in the 1-A/2-A state swim meet and indoor state track meets on Friday. Talk about overload. At least the regional wrestling tournaments were on Saturday.

Fans had to decide what they wanted to see. North Davidson fans who wanted to see their team play basketball against archrival Ledford couldn't see swimmer John Day win a state championship.

The 1-A/2-A state swim meet has been held on Thursday before. It certainly was in 2010 when West Davidson's girls won the state championship. Then they were celebrated the next night during the basketball game.

One girl who worked her way around all that on Friday was West's Mary Nebrich, who managed to be in all three events. Nebrich swam a relay, finished fifth in the high jump in the indoor track meet and arrived at halftime during the basketball game with Central Davidson. Wow. That's being a road warrior and shows great determination.

But if the scheduling had been better, Nebrich wouldn't have been put in that position. That's something the NCHSAA needs to work on.

Mike Duprez can be reached at (336) 249-3981, ext. 218 or sports@the-dispatch.com. Follow Mike on Twitter@LexDispatch_md.