Raiders stumble in district showdown with Aggies

Navarre didn’t make enough shots and Tate just didn’t miss.

That is what Thursday night’s District 1-8A battle at Fryman Gymnasium came down to between the Raiders and Aggies. In a showdown with the No. 1 seed in the district tournament on the line, Navarre fell 66-46.

“I felt like Tate hit great shots,” Navarre head coach Taf Bentley said. “A few times we had some miscommunication and they got wide open, but most of the time, we were right there and shots still went through the net. They are a good team and they performed really well.”

Navarre went into halftime down 42-27 but made a furious comeback attempt in the third to bring the deficit below double digits.

Andre Smith hit a 3-pointer that made the score46-36 and Matt Harshany’s two free throws cut the Tate lead to 46-38 with 3:57 remaining in the quarter.

The Raiders got no closer than eight as the Aggies poured it on in the fourth to put the game away.

Navarre (10-8) finishes second in the district standings with a 4-2 record and will play Niceville Feb. 13 in the opening round of the district tourney. Tate will be the top seed and battle tourney host Gulf Breeze.

But first the Raiders have six games remaining, including a date with state-ranked Choctaw Tuesday night in Navarre.

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