As significant as tonight's game is to Modesto Christian and St. Mary's, it's just one of many "must-see" games the two have played this season:
ST. MARY'S (19-1)
Dec. 18: Chelsea Gray has 23 points and the Rams top national No. 13 Norcross 79-55.
Dec. 20: Gray and Reggie Camera hit 3-pointers in the final 29 seconds of regulation and the Rams beat national No. 12 Brea Olinda 67-66 in overtime at the Tournament of Champions -- one of the top events in the country. It remains Brea's only loss.
Dec. 21: The nation's top teams met and the Rams let a fourth-quarter lead slip away while losing 66-60 to No. 2 Mater Dei of Santa Ana. That remains the Rams' lone loss.
Dec. 30: The Rams travel to top national No. 9 Hoover of Alabama 50-44, the Bucs' homecourt advantage. That remains Hoover's only loss.
Jan. 7: The Rams roll to a 20-point halftime lead on the way past state Division I No. 6 Clovis West 73-49.
Jan. 23: Gray returned from an early ankle injury to score 18 points and the Rams rally in the second half to beat state D-1 Berkeley 72-61.
MODESTO CHRISTIAN (16-2)
Dec. 2: Danielle Thompson scores 26 and the Crusaders open up by beating state D-IV No. 6 Windward 58-42.
Dec. 4: Two of the state's top D-5 teams meet, as No. 2 MC beats No. 3 La Jolla Country Day 59-53 behind Brandi Henton's 20-point effort.
Dec. 5: MC takes us a step up in competition and beats state D-1 No. 4 Santiago 67-61 to win one of the state's top tournaments in La Jolla.
Dec. 28: MC loses lead in the third quarter and drops a 68-65 decision to state D-1 No. 5 Berkeley.
Dec. 30: MC tops state D-4 No. 5 St. Joseph of Santa Maria 47-44, though they have to stop a late rally to win it.
Dec. 31: MC is on its way to beating state D-1 No. 6 Clovis West, up 52-45 after three quarters, but gets only three in the fourth and loses 67-55.
Jan. 23: Continuing to battle D-1 powers, Henton and Thompson total 55 points and MC tops state No. 15 Lincoln of Stockton 77-64.