Going into its game against Flagler Palm Coast, the Seabreeze girls basketball team had one plan in mind in order to have a chance at toppling the Bulldogs: slow down the Bulldogs’ premier forward Skye Green.
“The game plan coming into tonight was to slow down No. 14,” Seabreeze coach Avery Randolph said of Green. “She has a very good shot of being a very good next-level ball player.”
In short, the Sandcrabs didn’t — or, more appropriately, couldn’t.
Green, who torched Seabreeze for 22 points and 14 rebounds, was part of a furious first-quarter barrage that saw FPC score 21-straight points before the Sandcrabs could make a single shot.
Seabreeze didn’t score until there were 40 seconds left in the opening period.
And despite scoring just four points in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs (1-0) tipped off their season with a 60-19 win over the Sandcrabs (0-2) on the night of Tuesday, Nov. 28, at Flagler Palm Coast High School.
“We did what we were supposed to do,” FPC coach Javier Bevacqua said. “We felt like we were the better team. We came out and executed early on, and everything worked out.”
But despite Green’s dominating night against the Sandcrabs, Bevacqua said this team is not built to lean too much on one player. In addition to Green, junior guard Jimaya Baker and sophomore guard Brianna Ellis chipped in 12 and 11 points respectively.
Ellis scored the first seven points of the second period, including a pull-up 3-pointer to increase the Bulldogs’ lead 28-2.
“Skye Green, she’s the player of the year,” Bevacqua said. “But we usually spread the ball, so we don’t really lean on anyone or depend on anyone. But she’s bailed us out of a lot of games, too. And if we need her, she’ll be there.”
Regardless of FPC’s young, talented roster, Green — who recently signed her national letter of intent to play college basketball for the University of North Carolina-Asheville — is the team’s lone senior, and she knows she’ll be counted on when the Bulldogs face adversity anywhere throughout their 21-game regular season schedule.
“I want us to be great. I want us to have confidence,” she said. “We have a great group of girls. I have a fantastic team behind me, and I couldn’t ask for anything more.
“I’m ready for the season. I’m ready to go forward and keep moving on.”
Up next, FPC takes on Lakewood Ranch at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at Spruce Creek High School.