Jackson reloads with promising, experienced talent | Girls basketball

By David Pan | Aug 21, 2017
Photo by: David R Pan Junior Olivia Skibiel, a second-team, all-Wesco 4A forward, leads what will be an experienced Jackson team this winter.

The future looks promising for Jackson’s girls basketball team.

The Timberwolves spent the offseason playing in tournaments and holding workouts to get a sense of what the team will look like this winter.

The biggest change is the return of junior point guard Jaelen Williams, who missed her entire sophomore season due to an ACL injury.

“I’m really looking forward to having her back with the intensity that she brings,” Jackson coach Duane Morris said.

The Timberwolves graduated only one senior starter and bring back all of the major players who helped lead the team to back-to-back district playoff appearance.

Not all of the players were present each week, which meant that some junior varsity members were able to play with their varsity counterparts.

The core of the Wolfpack continues to make strides with their games.

Junior forward Olivia Skibiel, a second-team, all-Wesco 4A selection, figures to be a key player.

“She is really taking on more leadership as a junior,” Morris said.

Junior guard Megan Mattison spent the offseason working on her overall game.

“She just continues to expand what she brings to the table,” Morris said. “That’s the kind of thing you expect going from your sophomore year to your junior year.”

Senior guard Jayden Kinchen is another player who elevated her game over the summer.

“She’s really kind of coming in with a high level of confidence,” Morris said.

The Timberwolves had mostly freshmen and sophomores in the starting lineup when advanced to the postseason the last two years. As a result, they found themselves at a physical disadvantage against older teams. Now that the roster is largely composed of juniors and seniors, Morris hopes that Jackson will have the edge.

“The advantage that other teams had physically the last two years should be our advantage, as we continue to get stronger,” Morris said.

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