Lady Raiders Lose In District Playoff Finals

Jade Whitley

Jade Whitley shows a Niceville player her ‘mean’ face.

The second-seeded Navarre Lady Raiders drew a tough schedule in the district playoffs starting with Crestview in the first round. The next night, they were scheduled to play Niceville; a team they had never beaten. If they won both, then they would probably face number one seed, Pace.

Gabby Armstrong

Gabby Armstrong wins the ball from a Pace defender.

The first round game turned out to be much easier than expected as the Raiders shutout Crestview, 8 – 0 at Pace on Jan. 14. The Raiders had two goals from Ella Burkhart and Michaela Stone, who was recently moved up from the JV squad. Also scoring for the Raiders were Jade Whitley, Hannah Gullickson, Hunter Moorer and Jenny Fitzpatrick.

The next night the Raiders played the number three seed, Niceville at Milton, and the Raiders had their work cut out for them. Niceville has played in the district finals for the last 14 years and had never lost to the Raiders.

Read more in the January 23 issue of Navarre Press or subscribe online.

Hannah Gullickson

Hannah Gullickson goes by a Niceville defender.

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