Navarre comes up big in clutch situations

Navarre girls basketball coach Jackie Coyne has put a lot of emphasis on getting her team to believe in itself especially in tight games, and the Raiders took a big step forward in that area Friday night.

After letting a double-digit lead slip away, the Raiders rose to the occasion late in the game against Pace to earn a 41-39 victory over the Patriots.

Jordyn York drilled a 3-pointer with 30 seconds to play to put Navarre up 40-39 and a free throw by De’Naizha Elder sealed the deal on Navarre’s fifth win of the year.

“We make things interesting,” Coyne said. “I’m proud of the girls. They are really starting to figure out how to come through in the clutch and not panic.”

A year ago, this might have been a game the Raiders lost, but this team is playing with a  different attitude and continues to make progress in Coyne’s first year as the head coach.

“They were used to looking over their shoulder and saying ‘here we go again,’ ” Coyne said. “They are learning how to do the little things that help you win games. We’ve made a lot of improvements.”

Three-pointers by Elder and York helped give Navarre a 17-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The Raiders (5-5) went into halftime with a 26-16 advantage and were up 34-26 at the end of the third.

Read the full story in the Dec. 17 edition of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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