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Feb 21, 2013 9:00 PM by Andrew Masuda

Cinderella Tigers have a date to the CIF Semifinals

Just two Central Coast girls basketball teams advanced to the CIF semifinals. One of the squads, San Luis Obispo, is truly this year's Cinderella team.

The Tigers are just two years removed from a 1-23 season. Now, San Luis Obispo is just two wins from its first CIF championship since 1995.

Thursday, the Tigers enjoyed a light day of practice after their 46-42 quarterfinal win at South Pasadena on Wednesday. Head coach Dan Monroe's squad hosts top seeded Chaminade on Saturday in a Division 3A semifinal.

The Chaminade Eagles are 25-3 and ranked 20th in the state of California according to MaxPreps. The Eagles won their quarterfinal game 80-40.

"We know it's going to be a tough challenge, but all you can ask for is an opportunity to play the #1 seed. If you want to be the best you have to beat the best. I couldn't be prouder of how far we've come," said Monroe, who's in just his second year as the varsity head coach.

"It's been a long time since the girls have gone this far in CIF. And I think we have a really good chance of winning. Defense is definitely one of our strengths and I think in the semifinals it will pay off for us," added senior Erica Chandler, who leads the Tigers in scoring at 13 points per game.

The defensive-minded Tigers enter with an 18-10 record and an eight game winning streak. Their semifinal game is set for 6 p.m on Saturday.

Valley Christian Academy is also in the semifinals. The top seed in Division 6, VCA plays at #4 Rio Hondo Prep Saturday at 7pm.

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