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Girls Basketball Player of the Decade poll - Our semifinal matchups are now set!

Girls Basketball Player of the Decade poll - Our semifinal matchups are now set!

Oooooh, here we go! Voting is now closed on the quarterfinals so we are down to the semifinal matchups now.  Get ready to vote because we will release the new poll soon. Let's not loose any momentum.

Let people know about our contest and share the polls and profiles with your friends, family or booster groups to get the vote out!  

Remember to vote on all three sites. The vote totals from all three will be combined and used to determine the winner in every matchup:

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Voting will close on Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 4 p.m.

Now that we've gone over the winners from the first round of voting in the Player of the Decade contest, it's time to take a deeper look at the quarterfinal matchups.

The eight remaining contenders are No. 1 seed Aly Beebe, No. 2 Ashlyn Herlihy, No. 3 Kaitlyn Flowers, No. 4 Mariah Cooks, No. 5 Tatiana Dunlap, No. 6 Erin Jenkins, No. 7 Syenna Ramirez and No. 8 Heather Madrigal

Half of the bracket is filled with St. Joseph High graduates, with a fifth player who played three seasons at St. Joseph. To avoid having former teammates or players who graduated from the same school facing each other in the quarterfinals, while also keeping the matchups balanced, the bracket has been shifted some.

Heather Madrigal, who graduated from Arroyo Grande after winning three CIF championships, will face former teammate Beebe in this round. 

Herlihy, an Arroyo Grande graduate and the No. 2 seed, will face the No. 7 seed Ramirez, another former St. Joseph standout who scored a big first-round upset.

No. 3 seed Kaitlyn Flowers will face No. 6 Jenkins of Cabrillo. (Flowers, Ramirez and Jenkins swapped seeding positions to avoid the teammates facing each other while maintaining competitive balance).

Cooks, who graduated from Righetti, will square off against Dunlap, another former St. Joseph star. 

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The Heather Madrigal crowd made the biggest late push Tuesday to help their candidate advance as 3,044 total votes were cast in the quarterfinal round of the contest, which aims to name the top girls hoops player of the past decade from Northern Santa Barbara County and Southern San Luis Obispo County. 

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