Offensive woes sink Jackson | Girls basketball

Wolfpack scores only 12 points in first half
By David Pan | Feb 02, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Jackson’s Jadyn Kinchen drives to the basket against Mariner.

Jackson’s girls couldn’t overcome one of their poorest second quarter performances of the season.

Mariner outscored the Timberwolves 16-3 and withstood a valiant fourth quarter comeback to prevail 52-41 in a Wesco 4A girls basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 31, at Mariner High School.

Wolfpack coach Duane Morris said that the Marauders played a more physical game than the first meeting between the two teams, when Jackson won 71-54. Whether it was the physical play or just an off night, the Timberwolves misfired from the field in the second period, connecting on only one shot and one free throw.

“We didn’t make any shots,” Morris said. “The ball was going in and out and the kids got frustrated with themselves and started second guessing their whole opportunity.”

Morris added that he didn’t think the Timberwolves’ shot selection was good.

“I think we were rushing and that’s just really disappointing,” Morris said.

Mariner led 10-9 after the first quarter and extended its lead to 26-12 at halftime. The Timberwolves (7-5 in the league, 10-8 overall) trailed 33-18 at the start of the fourth quarter. Back-to-back baskets by Jackson’s Lauren Schillberg and consecutive 3 pointers by Megan Mattison cut the Mariner lead to 37-30 midway through the fourth quarter.

Jackson’s Breonna Williams then hit a shot and Mattison followed with two free throws to trim the deficit to 39-34 with 2:22.

But the Marauders put together an 8-0 run to extend the lead to 47-34 with just over a minute left in the game.

“We got going and had a run in the fourth quarter,” Morris said. “And we gave up opportunities. We had missed opportunities that really would have changed it. We weren’t fully able to turn the corner. We did some good things. The girls played their hearts out.”

Mattison scored 10 points and Schillberg had 8 points. Mariner’s Taliyah Clark, scored 24 points and Hannah Hezekiah had 17 points. The Timberwolves didn’t make their first 3-point attempt until three minutes into the fourth quarter.

“I think the first half we were getting outhustled,” Morris said. “The second half, it was better. But it’s a hard game and each team is different and every time you play a team it’s different. We’ve got to handle it better.”

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