Raiders open new year with tough loss to Indians

They had a game plan in place Friday, and it was straight to the point.

Don’t let 6-foot-5 Kyla Abraham dominate the game.

Navarre accomplished that mission against the 6-foot-5 standout, but the Raiders weren’t expecting the Indians to be so effective shooting the ball from the outside.

The Indians only made three shots from beyond the arc, though at times it seemed like more. Combine that with the turnovers the Raiders committed and the end result was a 50-34 loss to Choctaw in a girls basketball showdown in Navarre.

The 14-day layoff didn’t help either.

“We were rusty and weren’t as ready as we planned to be,” Navarre head coach Abby Fogg said.

Abraham often found herself double and triple teamed and found it difficult to get shots off, particularly late in the first quarter and into the second when the Raiders trimmed a double-digit deficit to 16-13 with 3:19 remaining until halftime after a free throw by Madi Schluter.

Navarre, which also seemed quick to get to the outside shooter during its rally attempt, went into halftime down 20-13.

Read the full article in the Jan. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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