Modesto Christian and Mater Dei have been two of the most successful girls' basketball programs in the state the past four years, combining for a 210-41 record, yet Saturday will be the first time in that span that either has played for a state championship.
MODESTO CHRISTIAN (108-25)
How it got here: Won Trans-Valley League and was 20-7 in the regular season, then went 4-0 in the Sac-Joaquin Section playoffs -- winning its games by an average of 33 points. Won three Northern California playoff games by an average of 15 points, including a 62-57 overtime win over top-seeded St. Mary's of Berkeley in the regional final.
MATER DEI (102-16)
How it got here: Won South Bay League and was 23-2 in the regular season, then won three San Diego Section playoff games before losing 71-63 to Bishop's of La Jolla in the final. Won its last two Southern California playoff games by a total of 15 points, including a 54-51 win over Bishop's in the regional title game.
* -- won section title