Nakia Page scored 24 points and top-seeded Stockdale High bolted to a 36-19 halftime lead and coasted to a 62-48 win over No. 5 Edison in a Central Section girls basketball Division I playoff semifinal game Tuesday in Bakersfield.
The Mustangs (24-4), who went 10-0 in the Southwest Yosemite League, will make their seventh championship appearance in eight years when they play No. 2 Clovis West at 6 p.m. Saturday as part of championship weekend at Selland Arena.
Dakota Oliver added nine points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks for the Mustangs.
Stockdale's Glenn Hager, who has announced his retirement, effective the end of the season, is the section's winningest coach at 446. He has won four section titles -- the last, 70-60 over Clovis West in 2009.
"This year has been really special," Hager said. "We've had so many trials and tribulations, playing with seven girls, five girls, six girls, injuries, whatever. And now we're going back."
Hanford fell 57-39 to Clovis West in the other semifinal.
"It's the same thing as last year," said Hager, whose team lost 65-49 in the championship to Hanford a year ago. "Everybody said Hanford should be seeded No. 1. And, hey, Hanford is a great, great program. They've done a lot of things for basketball in the Central Valley. But we felt both years we had an argument, too."
Two-time County/Metro Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player Brittany Sims closed out her career with 20 points for Edison, which had an 18-game winning streak snapped.
Third-seeded Redwood received 14 points from Corissa Turley, but was denied a trip to Selland by second-seeded Garces as the Rangers fell 51-41 in a semifinal in Bakersfield.
Rachol West scored 18 points for the Rams, who will play top-seeded Ridgeview at 6 p.m. Friday in the final.
Seedings held to form, as No. 1 Lindsay and No. 2 Mendota advanced with 15-point victories in their semifinals.
The Cardinals defeated No. 4 Exeter 63-48. The Aztecs topped No. 3 Taft 53-38 to complete the matchup for Saturday's 10 a.m. final.
Top-seeded Immanuel bolted to a 21-point first-quarter lead in beating No. 4 Paramount Bard 63-16.
The Eagles, led by Olivia Sorensen's 16 points, advance to the final against No. 2 Kings Christian at 2 p.m. Friday.
CENTRAL SECTION GIRLS BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Division I: No. 1 Stockdale vs. No. 2 Clovis West, 6 p.m. Saturday
Division II: No. 1 Ridgeview vs. No. 2 Garces, 6 p.m. Friday
Division III: No. 1 Selma vs. No. 2 Hanford West, 2 p.m. Saturday
Division IV: No. 1 Lindsay vs. No. 2 Mendota, 10 a.m. Saturday
Division V: No. 1 Immanuel vs. No. 2 Kings Christian, 2 p.m. Friday
Of note: The 10 boys semifinals will tip off at 7 p.m. Wednesday across the Valley.