Hope for an upset appeared to be alive and well for Navarre’s girls basketball team in the first few minutes of its District 1-8A game against Niceville Tuesday night.
The Raiders opened up a 5-1 lead with 5:44 to go in the opening quarter but were unable to sustain the momentum as the Eagles took control and rolled to a 60-23 victory.
It’s the third consecutive game in which an opponent has scored 50 or more against Navarre and the fifth time overall it has happened this season. The Raiders, now 1-8 overall and 0-4 in the district, have lost seven consecutive games.
Yet, for the first few minutes of their game against the Eagles, they came out on a mission. Navi Nelson drilled a jumper to put Navarre up 2-1 with 6:20 to play in the opening quarter and Ty Stringfield knocked down a jumper in the lane, drawing a foul in the process.
Stringfield hit the ensuing free throw to push the Raiders’ lead to 5-1. Jamielynn Jarvis gave Navarre its final lead of the night at 7-6.
It was all Niceville the rest of the way.
The Eagles used a 16-0 run to close out the first quarter, putting them in front 22-7.
Niceville led 26-7 before Jarvis hit a free throw with 5:12 to play in the half to end the Raiders’ scoring drought.
At halftime, it was 34-12.
The Raiders continued to scrap on defense and made an effort to get their offense going but the Eagles proved to be too much to handle as they overwhelmed the Raiders with a solid offensive attack and relentless defensive pressure.
Stringfield was the lone player to score in double figures for Navarre, pouring in 12. The senior has been the heart and soul of the Raiders during what has been a difficult season.
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