Raiders off to perfect start to season

This wasn’t a pretty win, a polished display of offense and defense, but that’s just fine in this instance for the Navarre Raiders’ girls basketball team.

Winning a game that at times was rugged worked just fine last Tuesday afternoon against Escambia.

The Raiders put forth their usual effort that has come to be expected from a team coached by Abby Fogg, applying pressure, diving for loose balls, contesting nearly every shot, and in between, Navarre mixed in enough contributions offensively to put away the Gators 32-14 in their official season opener.

Technically, the Raiders picked up a forfeit win Monday when Central didn’t have a bus available to make the trip over to Navarre. Tuesday’s win was the first of the regular season that they earned on the court.

Fogg was happy to see her team improve to 2-0.

“It was good. It was sloppy. We have to brush off some rough edges, but the girls never gave up,” Fogg said. “We never have an issue with effort.”

There wasn’t one player who dominated the scoring. Hailey Neely paced the Raiders with 8 points. Sonia Colagiuri finished with 6 points while Natasha Elliott and Lauren Kane scored 4 points apiece.

Navarre picked up its third win of the year Monday night, rolling past Pensacola Catholic 70-54. The point total is the highest the Raiders have scored in two years under Fogg.

Natasha Elliott dominated in the post on her way to scoring 22 points. Julia Rathbun drilled three shots from beyond the arc and finished with 15. Kane and Madison Schluter scored 8 points apiece.

Read more about the Raiders in the Nov. 29 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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