Girls basketball: Class 3A state semifinal preview

Girls basketball state semifinals

All games at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland.  Admission is $10 in advance, $13 on day of the event. Parking is $10.

Class 3A 

Brooks DeBartolo (17-5) vs. Miami Country Day (21-3), 4 

How they got here: Brooks DeBartolo d. Seffner Christian 75-64, d. Carrollwood Day 58-56, d. Palm Beach Benjamin 76-39; Miami Country Day d. Marathon 69-17, d. Miami Palmer Trinity 65-51, d. Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy 57-51

Top players: Brooks DeBartolo: G Triniti Youngblood, Sr., (14.7 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists per game); G/F Jaela Davis, Jr. (10.2 points, 3.3 steals, 0.4 blocks per game); F/G Brionna McClinon, Sr. (9.6 points, 5.4 rebounds per game); G Amarie Godwin, Sr. (10.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.3 steals per game). Miami Country Day: F Andrea Daley, Sr. (19.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.1 steals per game); G Kristina Godfrey, So.(6.5 assists per game); F Kayla Nelms, Fr. (1.9 blocks per game). 

Outlook: Brooks DeBartolo, ranked third in 3A by MaxPreps, is in the state semifinals for the second in school history. The Phoenix played a considerably tough schedule to prepare for the postseason. Those challenging games paid off with the Phoenix knocking off defending 3A state champion Carrollwood Day in the district final and the region semifinals. Brooks DeBartolo is led by a trio of seniors — Amarie Godwin, Brionna McClinton and Triniti Youngblood. — all of whom were recently selected as McDonald’s All-American nominees. To reach the final, the Phoenix has to get past a formidable foe. Miami Country Day is ranked No. 1 in 3A and No. 11 overall in the state by MaxPreps. Last season, the Spratans were upset by Master’s Academy in the state semifinals, ending their six-year reign as state champions. Andrea Daley, a George Washington signee, is Miami Country Day’s top player.