Girls basketball: Class 6A state semifinal preview — March 7, 2024

Girls Basketball State Semifinals

All games at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland.  Admission is $15 on the day of the event. Parking is $10.

Class 6A
Ponte Vedra (22-8) vs. Bloomingdale (29-0), 5 p.m., today

How they got here: Ponte Vedra d. Springstead 46-43 (OT), d. Tallahassee Lincoln 51-42, d. Niceville 58-47. Bloomingdale d. Countryside 55-18, d. Armwood 59-40, d. Punta Gorda Charlotte 49-47.

Stat Leaders
CategoryPonte VedraBloomingdale
Points per gameMorgan Gavazzi, 15.2Noelle Mengel, 20.8
Rebounds per gameMaya Richards, 7.0Izellah Kendrick, 7.6
Assists per gameMaya Richards, 2.9Tabitha Vega, 2.7
Steals per gameMaya Richards, 2.7Noelle Mengel, 2.8
Blocks per gameMaya Richards, 0.3Izellah Kendrick, 1.4


In 2011-12, Joel Bower won three games in his first season as coach of the Bulls. That was the start of a slow, steady rebuilding process. Bloomingdale did not have a winning record until Bower’s sixth season with the program. But the perseverance has paid off. In the past three seasons, Bower and the Buls have a compiled a combined 80-9 record and are making their second state semifinal appearance. Better still, Bloomingdale is the only undefeated team left in the state at 29-0. Four players — Izellah Kendrick, Noelle Mengel, Tabitha Vega and Faith Wilson — were on the last Bulls team to make it to the state semifinals in 2021-22. Mengel has already set school records for points in a game (36) and a season (604). The experience of playing in the state semifinals before could be an advantage for Bulls. Ponte Vedra is making its first state semifinal appearance since the 2017-18 season. There are nine seniors on the team, all of whom have played together since elementary school.