The Flagler Palm Coast girls basketball team became District 2-9A champions Friday night with a come-from-behind 58-55 victory over Spruce Creek.

Facing an uphill battle against two teams with superior regular season records, the Flagler Palm Coast girls basketball team became District 2-9A champions Friday night following the second of those two contests with a come-from-behind 58-55 win over Spruce Creek.

The Lady Bulldogs trailed the top-seeded Hawks all the way, including a two-point 20-18 halftime deficit, but never fell too far behind and in the 19-point fourth quarter, overtook Creek down the stretch. Spruce Creek was favored and beat FPC soundly in the regular season game between the two squads.

Senior forward Skye Green scored 10 of her game high 18 points in the fourth quarter to aid the effort in a major way. Green, a University of North Carolina-Asheville signee, made several key plays in the final two minutes. A desperation 3-point attempt to tie it at the buzzer by Spruce Creek clanked off the rim.

The victory marked the return to the sideline for head coach Javier Bevacqua, who had been serving a suspension for a double technical foul in early January during a tournament game. The Lady Bulldogs rallied with a now 10-game winning streak.

The win also came after a Feb. 7 upset of Jacksonville Sandalwood, 56-45. The Saints, who won 18 regular season games including a regular season mauling of FPC, couldn’t figure out FPC’s disruptive defensive schemes and scored only 13 points in the first half.

Ahead 28-13 at the break, the Lady Bulldogs allowed their guests to catch up in the third quarter as Sandalwood outscored them 16-15 and in the stretch run of the fourth quarter where they managed to pace Sandalwood just enough to claim the win.

Briana Ellis, who was injured and unavailable during the regular season game between the two schools, scored 15 points and added four rebounds and three steals. Jimaya Baker added 12 points and four rebounds with three assists, Gabriella Locke scored nine with eight rebounds and Green finished with eight points, eight rebounds and three steals. Dyman Howard, Anisa Zwolinski and Que’Trina Brown also factored in the scoring. Sandalwood was led by Auriyah Stewart with 17 and Caitlin McGee with 12.

Winning the District 1-9A title marks FPC’s fourth straight trip to the FHSAA playoffs and gives FPC home court advantage in the opening round of the Region 1-9A tournament next Thursday at 7 p.m. against District 2 runner-up Sanford Seminole, which was beaten 47-37 by Lake Mary Friday night.

Spruce Creek travels the same night to play District 2 champion Lake Mary. Should both schools prevail, it would set up a return match-up in the Region 1-9A semi-finals Feb. 20.

FPC would have home-court advantage in that game if Creek is the opponent.