Raiders crush Aggies in district play

Nearly two months into the season, Navarre’s girls basketball team has made its share of strides.

The Raiders took another step forward Thursday afternoon, smashing Tate 57-35 in a District 1-7A road game in Cantonment.

Navarre improved to 7-5 overall and is in second place in the district with a 2-1 record. Not bad for a team that won only two games a year ago.

“We’re still learning, but we are progressing as a team,” Navarre head coach Jackie Coyne said. “We’re not quite playing the full 32 minutes yet, but each game, we’re playing better longer. As long as we continue to work hard, we’ll be fine.”

The Raiders took control early, thanks in part to the play of De’Naizha Elder, who scored eight-consecutive points off layups to help Navarre build a 13-3 advantage late in the first quarter.

Navarre led 15-10 at the end of one but saw its lead trimmed to 24-22 early in the second before Jordan York nailed a 3-pointer to put the Raiders back in front by five. The shot ignited an 11-0 run that gave Navarre a 35-22 advantage at halftime.

Being able to respond when Tate made a run was a key to the Raiders’ success. The Aggies closed the gap to 47-35 in the fourth before back-to-back layups by Amber Leggett put Navarre in front 51-35.

Ty Stringfield’s jumper gave the Raiders a 20-point lead with a minute to play. She scored off a layup moments later for the final points of the night.

“We’re doing a better job of understanding momentum and are answering when a team makes a run,” Coyne said. “It shows we are growing as a team.”

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