Navarre opened the week with a Jan. 19 showdown against Choctaw, one of the top teams in the area. The Raiders challenged the Indians most of the night but fell 59-45. It was their first home loss.
While Navarre didn’t come out on top, it did compete hard. The Raiders only trailed 33-24 at halftime and were within seven at 36-29 in the third quarter after a steal and layup by Elder.
The Raiders went into the fourth trailing 47-33.
“I’m proud of the girls,” Navarre head coach Jackie Coyne said. “Our kids fought hard and made them work. We had them on edge. I see us continuing to get better and I told the players to hold their heads up high.”
Ty Stringfield paced the Raiders with 14 points. Jordyn York and Amber Leggett came through with 10 points apiece.
Despite the loss, the opportunity to play a team as talented as Choctaw will serve Navarre well.
“We don’t want to play weak teams at this point. We want to play teams that prepare us for the district tournament. I told the girls I don’t care about wins and losses right now. I care about us getting better.”
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