Navarre nearly pulls off comeback against Pace

Hopeless transformed to hope as the second half rolled on Thursday night.

A team once looking like it had no shot at a victory, Navarre had new life and new energy as it chipped away at the mountain-like lead Pace held.

Here they were, down four with 2:39 to play, Hailey Neely’s two free throws bringing Navarre within striking distance of a win in this now riveting girls basketball showdown between two county rivals.

But completing the comeback simply wasn’t in the cards. Navarre ended up falling 50-44 to the Patriots on the road.

It was a tale of two halves for the Raiders, who trailed 27-8 at halftime.

“We came out and we weren’t ready to play,” Navarre head coach Abby Fogg said. “We were in the second half. We won the second half. We won the scoring, the rebounding. If we show up from start to finish, we are a force to be reckoned with.”

Navarre had cut the Pace lead to 36-25 at the end of the third, the team taking Fogg’s halftime talk to heart.

Read the full article in the Dec. 13 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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