Raiders battle until the final buzzer

Effort wasn’t an issue. Navarre’s girls basketball team battled until the final buzzer against Crestview Thursday night.

Getting shots to fall consistently, however, ultimately hurt the Raiders in a 36-30 loss to the Bulldogs.

Navarre dropped its third consecutive game and is 1-6.

All of Navarre’s points in the first quarter came from the free-throw line, including two from Lauren Kane. The quarter ended with the score tied at 4-4.

Navarre led 15-13 at halftime, thanks in part to a couple of big baskets in the paint by Natasha Elliott, but the Raiders trailed 21-19 going into the fourth.

The Raiders fell behind 29-20before making one last comeback attempt. Back-to-back baskets by Madison Schluter and a 3-pointer by Arleigh East helped trim the Crestview lead to 33-30 with 34.2 remaining.

Killian Casey scored nine. Elliott, Schluter and Julia Rathbun finished with four points apiece.

The loss was tough to take. Fogg reminds her players to trust the process.

“I told them the scoreboard doesn’t define us,” Fogg said. “We are going to get better be a different team in the long run. They just have to trust the process. It’s going to pay off.”

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