ARVIN — Stockdale first-year girls basketball coach Bill Redman wasn’t going to get fooled twice.
Earlier this month during a tournament at Shafter, Redman wanted to rest some of his players, including leading scorer Jiana Boston, heading to a game against McFarland.
That idea backfired after the Cougars won by three points.
This time around, in the championship game of the Arvin Holiday Showcase on Friday night, Stockdale came away victorious in deciding fashion in a 58-45 win over the Cougars.
“I don’t want to take anything away from McFarland, they really played well,” Redman said. “But we played five games in three days, and that’s a lot. So in the past, we were trying to save some legs. We didn’t know who they were. They came out of nowhere. They are a good team.”
And on Friday, early on, it seemed like the same script.
McFarland got off to a 6-0 lead before Redman called a timeout.
“That was how we started the first time against McFarland,” Redman said. “We told them, ‘Ladies, it’s a repeat performance.’ We go as our defense goes and we weren’t bringing it. So they brought it up a notch.”
Stockdale went on a 36-13 run that lasted to the 3:42 mark of the third quarter as Boston scored 10 of her 19 points in the first half. She was fueled a bit by not playing the first quarter against the Cougars (14-3) in the first meeting.
“I was mad. We shouldn’t have lost that game,” Boston said. “I am glad we came back this time. I knew we could beat this team.”
Aaryn Pickett also scored 19 points for the Mustangs (14-4) and Naomi Jennings added 12 points.
“We are excited. We are getting better but everyone else is, too,” Redman said. “We’ve got a tough league schedule coming, but we are pleased with the performance of these girls.”
Boston was named tournament MVP and Pickett was an all-tournament selection.
Neli Diaz scored a game-high 23 points for McFarland, hitting three of her four 3-pointers in the second half as Julie Hernandez added 11 points for the Cougars.
Golden Valley 38, Liberty 36 - Elyssa Brumfield hit two free throws with 7.5 seconds to play as Golden Valley took third place over Liberty. Tiffany Amos hit a layup with 56 seconds to play to put the Bulldogs up 34-33 before Stephanie Elizondo hit one of her game-high four 3-pointers for Liberty to tie the game at 36-36 with 14.6 left to play.
Elizondo scored a game-high 12 points for Liberty as Brumfield (11) and Dunn (10) scored in double figures for Golden Valley.
Ridgeview 70, Bakersfield Christian 63 - Hailee Edwards scored 18 points to lead four Wolf Pack players in double figures for the consolation championships.
Jordan Francisco added 15, Alera Dickerson added 13 and Krystal Zavala had 10 for Ridgeview.
Lanie Jackson scored a game-high 24 for BCHS.