Raiders surging in right direction

As the regular season winds down for Navarre’s girls basketball team, the Raiders have come a long way from the two-win season of a year ago.

They picked up their latest victory Jan. 13, pounding county rival Gulf Breeze 57-28, improving to 12-5 on the season.

For the seniors in particular, the success is a huge deal. Jordyn York will attest to that.

“It’s pretty amazing because we weren’t very good last year,” York said. “Coach (Jackie) Coyne has made a huge difference. She has helped us improve and it’s great that we are doing well, especially with this being my senior year.”

Coyne, in her first season as the head coach, had high expectations going into the year. And so far the Raiders, have met them, including earning a share of the District 1-7A regular season crown.

“I’m pleased with the way we have played,” Coyne said. “We’re continuing to get better as we work to become a complete team.”

There were moments last Wednesday where the Raiders struggled a bit, giving up a few easy shots and not making as many hustle plays as they typically do.

Yet, they still led the Dolphins 37-16 at halftime.

It didn’t take long for them to pick up the intensity in the second half.

“The girls responded,” Coyne said. “We got after loose balls and kept our hands up more on defense.”

York said that when the Raiders ramp up the intensity on the defensive end of the floor, they are tough to deal with.

“We’re good at scrapping on defense, and that comes from our coach being so intense,” York said. “We are working hard because we want to win a district championship and go to the Elite Eight.”

Read the full story in the Jan. 21 edition of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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