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Corsairs add defensive intensity with new recruits

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Photos by Ray Hamill/HumboldtSports.com – Shelby Jordan will play at CR next season

By Ray Hamill — The offseason recruiting at College of the Redwoods continued this week with the news that two more players have committed to play women’s basketball at the school, including St. Bernard’s senior Shelby Jordan.

The multi-sport Crusaders standout will join a CR program that will return several key players from this past season’s championship winning team, but she is expected to have an immediate impact, especially on defense.

“She’s aggressive,” CR head coach Jain Tuey said. “And she brings a high energy and gets after it.”

Jordan, who was a three-year varsity player with the Crusaders, is the sort of player the Corsairs were pursuing this offseason in an attempt to add some defensive intensity to the roster.

And she follows in the footsteps of McKinleyville’s Theresa Dickey, a freshman defensive specialist this past season, who was voted the team’s most improved player this year by her teammates.

“Adding that intensity to our defense is going to be good for us,” Tuey said. “I really liked what I saw from (Jordan). We want more energy on defense.”

Jordan’s high school coach for the past three years, Mark Gardner, believes it will be a good move for both the player and the Corsairs.

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“More than anything, I like her toughness,” Gardner said. “Jain and her staff are going to get a really tough player who competes on every play.

“And she’s a gym rat.”

Jordan isn’t the only addition to the CR team announced this week.

Alexis Navarro, a guard from Cave Junction in Oregon, also has committed to play.

“Again she has good energy, and she can score a little bit,” Tuey said of Navarro. “She’s a smart player.”

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The coach says the recruiting is not done yet, with some key players like Bree Northern, Darienne Kartes and Abiona Katri all moving on.

“We definitely have a few we have been talking to,” Tuey said. “Obviously everything’s been a little slower with the coronavirus.”

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