RICHMOND -- Salesian High girls basketball coach Stephen Pezzola had his eyes peeled a bit farther down the playoff road, giving his starters plenty of rest in a North Coast Section Division IV semifinal game Wednesday against Arcata.
The top-seeded Pride (27-5) went at the Tigers (24-4) with a little more patience and deliberation in advancing to the championship with a thorough 76-46 dismantling of the Humboldt-Del Norte Big 5 representative.
Louisville-bound senior Mariya Moore settled in with 12 points, 13 assists and seven steals to lead Salesian and 6-foot-4 senior center Zoe Correal commanded the paint, grabbing seven rebounds and adding a team-high 16 points.
Salesian will face Tri-County Athletic League Rock Division rival St. Mary's in the final Saturday at Dublin High at 5 p.m. St. Mary's beat Justin-Siena 77-40 in the other semifinal.
Salesian jumped on Arcata out of the gate, pulling away to a 30-9 advantage. Correal paced the Pride with eight points in the quarter. The hosts led 46-25 at the intermission.
Back-to-back treys by guards Kian McNair and Minyon Moore to open the third quarter set the tone for the second half.
Senior forward Lauren McCoy paced Arcata with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Abby Puzz contributed seven boards.