Raiders rally for win over rival Dolphins

In the past, Navarre’s girls basketball team has found itself in a hole and has been unable to dig itself out of it.

The Raiders flipped the script Friday night against rival Gulf Breeze.

Trailing by five at halftime, Navarre made the shots it needed to make and intensified its defensive effort as well in the second half to rally for a 40-28 win on the road.

The Raiders (7-10) ended a five-game losing streak and have now won more games than they did all last season.

“We haven’t been a team that has come back before. To do it against a rival, in a tough place to play, is good for us,” Navarre head coach Abby Fogg said.

The Raiders showed signs they were building for a comeback as the first half neared its end.

Madison Schluter shot a floater in the lane and drew a foul in the process with 1:08 left. She nailed the free throw and trimmed the Gulf Breeze lead to 17-12 at halftime.

Fogg said the team felt confident at the half.

“The girls held each other accountable and talked about what they needed to do,” Fogg said.

Navarre looked like a different team in the second half.

Read the full article in the Jan. 17 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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