Raiders fall in close hoops battle against Rams

Pressure down the stretch got the best of Navarre’s girls basketball team in a 40-36 loss to Rutherford Monday afternoon. The Raiders led 36-31 with a 1:48 to play but couldn’t hold the lead in Abby Fogg’s first regular season game as the head coach of Navarre.

“It was a good experience, and we’re going to be in a lot of close games,” Fogg said. “This was a good test of how to handle that pressure.”

A layup by Killian Casey gave the Raiders a five-point lead. The Rams tied the game at 36-36 with under a minute left.

Casey finished with a team-high 15 points, including four off layups in the final minute of third quarter, giving Navarre a 27-26 lead.

A five-win team a year ago, Navarre looked like a different team in its opener. Playing with energy and intensity, Navarre forced a handful of turnovers and converted them into points. The Raiders led 9-2 after one quarter and 15-7 at halftime.

Madison Schluter’s jumper pushed Navarre on top 19-10 mid-way through the third. An 11-1 run by the Rams changed the momentum and gave them a 21-20 lead.

Read the full article in the Nov. 30 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at for as little as $38 per year.

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