District tourney marks end of road for Raiders

With a minute to play, there was still a sliver of hope for Navarre’s girls basketball team.

Lexi Kimes scored off a layup to cut the Tate lead to four in a District 1-8A semifinal in Gulf Breeze.

Yet, the Aggies turned the tide to finish this game off and end the Raiders’ season, pulling away for a 59-49 victory.

“We played hard until the end. That was a positive,” Navarre head coach Abby Fogg said.

The Raiders trailed 51-38 with 3:22 to play but refused to bow out.

Lauren Kane turned a steal into an easy layup.

Natasha Elliott knocked down a shot off the glass.

Free throws by Elliott and Kimes cut the Tate lead to 51-45.

And then Kimes drove in and scored, cutting the Aggies’ lead to four, the excitement building that perhaps the Raiders could reach the district final for the first time since 2016.

But the Aggies went back to what worked for them throughout this night, attacking inside to fuel a 9-2 game-ending run.

Read the full article in the Feb. 14 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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