Jackson rebounds after opening loss | Girls basketball

By David Pan | Feb 16, 2018
Photo by: David R. Pan Jackson’s Megan Mattison (center) guards Mariner’s Hannah Hezekiah during a 4A District tournament game Thursday, Feb. 8, at Jackson High School.

Jackson’s Olivia Skibiel was locked in against Monroe.

The junior standout scored 29 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead the Timberwolves to a 60-49 victory over the Bearcats in a loser-out 4A District girls basketball tournament game Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Everett Community College.

“She’s been putting in a lot of time with her shooting,” Jackson coach Duane Morris said.

Skibiel was hitting shots from all over the court – outside, inside and driving to the basket, Morris added.

The other key to Tuesday’s victory was the Timberwolves’ defense. Jackson took a 23-11 lead into halftime.

“That gave us enough to withstand when they made their run,” Morris said. “We were able to hold on to the lead and weather the storm. The defense in the first half was really the big thing.”

The Bearcats cut the Jackson lead to six points in the fourth quarter. Jackson’s Megan Mattison finished with 10 points.

The Timberwolves lost 56-38 to Mariner in a first round game Thursday, Feb. 8, at Jackson High School. The Wolfpack fell behind 16-4 in the first quarter and was unable to close the gap the rest of the contest.

“We had some shooting woes,” Morris said. “Transition breakdowns (on defense) really cost us.”

Skibiel scored 12 points and was the only Jackson player in double figures.

The Wolfpack was scheduled to face the Marauders again in a loser-out game on Thursday, Feb. 15, after the Beacon’s deadline. This will be the fourth meeting between the two teams. Mariner has won the last two games.

“We’ve got to defend better,” Morris said. “We need to take care of the ball better, so we are able to get all of our opportunities.”

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