Navarre making progress in girls basketball

Navarre’s girls basketball team went 1-2 last week but first-year head coach Jackie Coyne said the Raiders are taking steps in the right direction.

“We are getting better,” Coyne said. “It’s still a matter of doing a lot of the little things. We played a good game against Fort Walton but had some offensive lapses and didn’t do everything we needed to do on defense. But it was a good game and we played hard.”

The Raiders lost 48-43 to Fort Walton Beach. Jordyn York finished with 16 points. De’Naizha Elder added 14 points.

Navarre’s lone win of the week was a 46-23 victory over Crestview. Elder torched the Bulldogs for 23 points. York scored 10.

Navarre (2-3) closed the week with a 60-24 loss to Choctaw.

Elder and Amber Leggett scored seven points apiece in the loss to Choctaw.

Despite the mixed results, effort is something Coyne hasn’t had to worry about early in the season. The Raiders, with eight seniors on the roster, play hard every time they take the floor.

“From an energy standpoint and not quitting, we are doing well,” Coyne said. “We are growing as a team but it’s still a work in progress.”

Coyne came to Navarre with the intent to build a winning program and has given the players a lot to digest in the first month of the season.

Read the full story in the Nov. 26 edition of Navarre Press or subscribe online here.

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