Raiders hold off Gators

Nothing came easy for Navarre’s girls basketball team Monday night against Escambia.

But the Raiders won a thriller against the Gators, surviving with a 53-51 victory, the players running off the floor as time expired to celebrate their win.

“We like to keep it exciting here at Navarre,” first-year head coach Abby Fogg said with a laugh.

The lead changed hands often but it seemed as if Navarre had the game in hand when it led 46-41 after a layup by Arleigh East with six minutes remaining.

The Raiders trailed 49-48 until East made another layup, her shot set up off a steal by Killian Casey.

Casey’s free throw and layup in the final minute helped seal the the Raiders’ second win.

Navarre has struggled in the past to win close games, losing twice by six points or less. This time was different for the Raiders, who made plays when it mattered.

“We were able to finish unlike other games where it slipped away from us,” Fogg said. “I told the girls at halftime to stay calm, eliminate turnovers and slow it down, and I felt we did that.”

Navarre jumped in front 19-10 after one quarter and was up 28-21 at halftime. The Raiders held a 42-41 lead heading into the fourth.

East lit up the scoreboard for 20 points, drilling four 3-pointers along the way, and Casey scored 12.

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